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Review: 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' With Chris Pine, Keira Knightley & Kevin Costner

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 16, 2014 1:11 PM
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Today, most people associate the character of Jack Ryan—originally created by author Tom Clancy, in a number of blockbuster novels—as a kind of hard-hitting action hero. This is thanks in large part to the series of films that began with 1990's masterful thriller "The Hunt for Red October" and continued with two Harrison Ford-as-Ryan entries, as well as a forgettable stand-alone starring Ben Affleck as the brainy CIA analyst. But in the novels and best parts of the earlier movies, Ryan is described and dramatized as something of a nerd, so encased in his own thoughts that he finds it difficult to leap into action. This week's aggressively mediocre "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," refashions the character (this time played by Chris Pine) into a man of immediate action, and in doing so drains him of anything that made him a relatable human being.

Watch: New Clip And 2 Featurettes From 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Plus New Images

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2014 10:29 AM
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
With Chris Pine already at the lead of one franchise, playing Captain Kirk in the ongoing "Star Trek" films, will he have another series under his belt in role of Jack Ryan? You can bet Paramount are hoping so, as their effort to revive the classic Tom Clancy character arrives next week with "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," and they are eager to get the word out.

Sneak Peek: Paramount Previews 17 Minutes Of ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 26, 2013 10:46 AM
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Last night Paramount gave journos in New York a 17-minute sneak peek at their upcoming action tentpole, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.” And there in the flesh, tall, rugged and handsome to introduce the footage, was Chris Pine himself, acting and looking like a regular old dude.

Watch: New International Trailer For 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Serves Up More Bourne-Esque Footage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2013 8:44 AM
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So... when did Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan become Jason Bourne? Maybe we missed the meeting or memo, but from what we remember of past movies featuring the character, he wasn't quite doing his job this way. We suppose that's what reboots are for. Bringing new characters into contemporary times, though in this case it seems that process has made things a bit more generic.

Watch: First Trailer For 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Starring Chris Pine & Keira Knightley

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 3, 2013 7:46 PM
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Though Tom Clancy sadly passed way yesterday (check out feature on his best and worst films), marketing campaigns are usually plotted out long in advance, and while some raised an eyebrow at Paramount's supposed insensitivity at dropping the first poster for the movie as the news of the author's death was circulating, it was probably just a bad coincidence. And nevertheless, the campaign must soldier on -- now aided somewhat with Clancy's passing making headlines around the world -- and the first trailer for the terribly titled "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" is here.

First Look: Kenneth Branagh In Sci-Fi Short 'Prodigal'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 27, 2012 5:21 PM
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Moving up from P.A., assistant or lower-rung pleeb is a long tradition in Hollywood. Say what you will about the industry (and we surely have), but those with ambition and talent generally rise above their station because almost everyone is willing to hear a good idea (especially in a place that's bereft of creative ideas; new concepts always have currency).

NYFF ‘11 Review: A Slight & Superficial 'My Week With Marilyn' Often Resembles A Lifetime Movie

  • By The Playlist
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  • October 9, 2011 8:01 AM
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Marked by an admirable, but certainly not spectacular performance by Michelle Williams -- in a role she's arguably not very suited for -- some wonderful costuming, set design and locations, and a stand-out supporting turn by Judi Dench, there aren't many other favorable things to say about "My Week With Marilyn," a slight drama with a reputable cast, that still feels through and through like a superficial Lifetime made for TV-movie.

First Look At Kenneth Branagh As Laurence Olivier In 'My Week With Marilyn'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 1, 2011 2:07 AM
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From directing "Thor," to starring, adapting and helming various Shakespeare works to playing troubled cop Kurt Wallander, Kenneth Branagh has pretty much done it all, but surely even he must have been slightly intimidated stepping into the shoes of the legendary Laurence Olivier in the upcoming "My Week With Marilyn." Empire has the first look at the actor playing the iconic thesp and he's certainly nailed down the imposing gravitas Olivier carried with him.

Kenneth Branagh To Direct Adaptation Of 'The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2011 10:56 AM
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Yeah, They're Gonna Have To Change That TitleWith Kenneth Branagh delivering a hammer-sized hit with "Thor" this spring, it appears he's proved whatever he needed to with the comic franchise, turning down the chance to work on "Thor 2." He's spent the last little while attaching himself to a variety of potential projects including an adaptation of Henning Mankell's "Italian Shoes" in addition to a film about the 1936 U.S. Olympic crew team. Well, he's adding one more to his plate, and no, it has nothing to do with Shakespeare.

Five Directors Who Could Replace Kenneth Branagh On 'Thor 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 30, 2011 11:52 AM
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So, Marvel are done with Kenneth Branagh, or possibly Kenneth Branagh is done with Marvel: if you missed it earlier, "Thor 2" has been officially announced for a July 26, 2013 release date, with star Chris Hemsworth returning (which people seem to think is news: like all the superhero leads, the Australian actor signed an expansive multi-film contract that makes him Marvel's bitch for the next decade or so), but Branagh not sitting in the director's chair, although he may stay on a producing role of some kind.

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