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Review: '3 Days to Kill' Starring Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld & Amber Heard

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 20, 2014 1:38 PM
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Three Days To Kill
French filmmaker Luc Besson used to make arty entertainments that came packaged with an element of exploitative sizzle (things like the endlessly remade "La Femme Nikita" and "The Fifth Element," which was like a European comic book version of "Star Wars"). At some point, though, his interest in directing faded, his personal output became sporadic and scattershot, and instead he refashioned himself as a kind of European Roger Corman, co-writing and producing a slew of trashy thrillers that had marginally more sheen and complexity than your average direct-to-cable premiere. "3 Days to Kill" is the latest feature to emerge from the Besson hit factory, and is one of the filmmaker's better productions, mostly because he seems to have found a kindred spirit in director McG, who has overseen a number of junky guilty pleasures himself.

Watch: Kevin Costner Fights For His Life & Family In New Trailer For '3 Days To Kill'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2014 9:17 AM
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3 Days To Kill
At one point, in a much more optimistic past, Kevin Costner's William Harper from "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" was being kicked around for his own standalone film. But considering that film was a flop, it's unlikely to happen. Still, the combination of older dudes kicking ass is one that remains intriguing to studios and audiences (hence "Taken 3"), and next month you'll have a couple of options. Liam Neeson will throw down in "Non-Stop," and Costner is going to get things done in "3 Days To Kill."

Watch: Kevin Costner & Amber Heard Prepare For '3 Days To Kill' In First Trailer For McG's Thriller

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2013 11:43 AM
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Move over Liam Neeson, there's new older leading male actor ready to slum it in a modestly budgeted Euro thriller produced and co-written by Luc Besson: Kevin Costner. That's right, Superman's Dad is ready to rumble abroad and the first trailer for "3 Days To Kill" is here to show off what he's up to.

New Pics Of Kevin Coster & Amber Heard In 'Three Days To Kill' Plus First Look At Paul Walker In 'Brick Mansions'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2013 1:19 PM
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Yep, the new images keep coming, this time via EuropaCorp, the production powerhouse behind two action flicks making their way to screens in 2014.

Review 'Machete Kills' Starring Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Mel Gibson, Demian Bichir & Carlos Estevez

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 9, 2013 5:39 PM
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Machete Kills
Robert Rodriguez isn't one for false pleasantries: if you didn't like "Machete," you really won't think much of "Machete Kills," and he's okay with that. This sequel to the 2010 actioner seems to exist mostly for his hardcore base and as a favor for good friend Danny Trejo, who plays the pockmarked, laconic hero of the title. Not even original distributor Fox wanted any part of the continued adventures of the Ex-Federale who never met a fireball he couldn't fly through with the grace of an eagle and the fierceness of a tiger, as this adventure comes courtesy of the good folks at Open Road. But this is no course correction: anyone who has ever seen a Rodriguez film, or has seen his career evolve (devolve?) into the bare essentials of camp exploitation, knows what to expect.

Watch: 3D Trailer & 3 New Clips From 'Machete Kills' Slice Up The Screen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2013 1:37 PM
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Machete Kills,
"Machete Kills" continues its onslaught of marketing, but is it really doing anything to stoke excitement at this point? Either you're down with Sofia Vergara shooting bullets from her breasts or not, but either way, perhaps some of you on the fence might be convinced by this latest effort.

Fantastic Fest Review: Jonathan Levine's Belated Horror ‘All The Boys Love Mandy Lane’ Starring Amber Heard

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 24, 2013 4:04 PM
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​Horror movie fans have it rougher than most. Their breed is one of the most loyal of audiences, and yet what they are often served is predictable, by-the-numbers tripe. Smart, well-crafted horror movies are usually in short supply (yes, there are small exceptions) and instead the industry has been overrun by lowest common denominator, found-footage frighteners made at bargain basement prices because the yield ratio is so high. Savvy producers/studios take advantage by realizing most cheaply made horror gross well regardless of the quality or investment, so what’s the incentive to produce an expensive or well-made product? It's a vicious cycle and cynical industry that often green lights any half baked project simply because it’s a ROI no-brainer that works, especially when calculably programmed during traditionally slow weekends.

Watch: Mel Gibson Gets In A Knife Fight In Red Band Trailer For 'Machete Kills' Plus New Clip

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2013 1:13 PM
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Machete Kills
If you think things shooting from boobs and women getting punched in the vagina is totally irreverent and edgy, and having Charlie Sheen actually say the words "Machete Kills" is some sort of knowing genius, then you're probably a better audience for this movie than we are.

'Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance' Remake Gets A Director, 'Fast & Furious 7' Keeps Casting & More

  • By Ben Brock
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  • September 12, 2013 11:18 AM
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With TIFF in full swing, letters are being frantically crossed and dotted on all manner of contracts, agreements and bar-room napkins. Here are a few that we managed to smuggle across the Canadian border, hidden inside a stuffed moose...

First Look At Mel Gibson In 'Machete Kills,' Lots Of New Photos & Awesome/Ridiculous Poster

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2013 4:32 PM
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Machete Kills
Director Robert Rodriguez is one of those guys who is perfectly capable of making a movie in good taste, but he refuses to do so with every fiber of his being (even his movies for little kids play like some psychedelic voyage into the fourth dimension). Case in point: the new poster for "Machete Kills," the follow-up to his 2010 feature "Machete," which was based on a fake trailer Rodriguez created for his double-feature with Quentin Tarantino, "Grindhouse" (an experience Tarantino barely seems to acknowledge). This poster has everything: a triple-bladed sword, Michelle Rodriguez rocking an eye-patch, grade-A slimeballs Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson looking downright stoic, Lady Gaga in an old timey bathing suit, and lots and lots of fire. When Danny Trejo is the least outrageous thing on the poster, you can understand the level of insanity on display. Somewhere, Photoshop has quietly hung itself. Read on to see the poster in all of its glory, plus the first look at Mel Gibson's villainous bad guy and even more outrageous photos.

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