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Savannah Review: 'Last Vegas' Starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman & Kevin Kline

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2013 10:06 AM
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With "The Hangover" boys having seemingly exploited every debauchery laden avenue Las Vegas has to offer and then some, another party-happy movie set in the city might seem like a tired notion. Particularly when it's combined with a premise as wheezy and obvious as this, getting four older men together for one last hurrah in the city where your sins remain secret. But somehow, "Last Vegas" is better than it has any right to be. Yes, it's uneven, more jokes miss than hit, and it winds up taking easy dramatic shortcuts from the more interesting avenues that the script presents, but it's thanks to the lead quartet that the comedy is as engaging at it is.

Watch: Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman & Kevin Kline Party In 4 Clips From 'Last Vegas'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2013 12:56 PM
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What happens when a bunch of old people discover Red Bull, hip hop and lithe young women? Well, we'll find out in the upcoming comedy "Last Vegas", which pits Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline and Morgan Freeman against Sin City. Frankly, we rather suppose we all lose in this one.

Robert De Niro Replaces James Gandolfini In HBO Miniseries 'Criminal Justice'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2013 5:53 PM
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It's been something of an up and down ride for HBO's "Criminal Justice," with the network initially passing on the project earlier this year, only to revive it a few months later, reformatted into a "limited event series" (just call it a miniseries, guys). But with the sudden and sad passing of James Gandolfini this summer, just before production was to begin, it was unclear how this would move on. Well, how about one of Hollywood's most famous acting legends stepping in?

Box Office: 'Insidious Chapter 2' Out-Spooks 'The Family' With 2nd Best September Opening Ever

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • September 15, 2013 1:27 PM
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Friday the 13th weekend... Black cats, broken mirrors, a horror sequel trumps a Robert De Niro-Luc Besson-Martin Scorsese mob comedy...

Watch: Sylvester Stallone & Robert De Niro Punch Each Other In First Trailer For 'Grudge Match'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 12, 2013 7:58 PM
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Grudge Match, De Niro, Stallone, Kevin Hart
Well, we'll give the trailer for "Grudge Match" this much credit: for a premise that could so easily devolve into Rocky vs. Jake LaMotta gags, there's only one direct reference to Sylvester Stallone's franchise and it's actually tolerable and tasteful. So kudos. As for the rest?

Interview: Luc Besson Talks Scorsese's Influence On 'The Family,' Returning To Sci-Fi & Not Getting Paid For 'Nikita'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 12, 2013 5:40 PM
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On Friday, Luc Besson, the madcap French filmmaker behind "Nikita," "Leon: The Professional," and "The Fifth Element," takes a break from overseeing his European action genre movie empire to, unleash his newest directorial effort, "The Family." The movie stars Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer as former mobsters sent off to live in Normandy, France, as a very extreme form of witness relocation (Tommy Lee Jones is their gruff FBI handler). Like most of Besson's other concoctions, it veers wildly from extreme violence to maudlin melodrama to broad physical humor, sometimes in the same scene. This is par for the course with Besson.

Review: Luc Besson's 'The Family' Starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer & Tommy Lee Jones

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 12, 2013 4:03 PM
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The term “dark comedy” used to mean a film or program that dealt with laughs but also discomforting adult situations and themes. For most filmmakers today, that now serves as a green light to portray death and violence with as little consequence or moral dimension whatsoever, giving protagonists a chance to guiltlessly resolve their complex problems with a little casual bloodshed. Slapstick has become so degraded that now all it takes is a blow to the head for directors to believe they’ve earned the audience’s approval, as if they are dogs yapping at the sensory stimulation. If that’s the case, then Luc Besson’s “The Family” is best left to the kennel.

Watch: 3 Clips & New Pics From Luc Besson's 'The Family' Starring Robert De Niro

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2013 10:43 AM
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In 1993's "The Fugitive," Tommy Lee Jones' Samuel Gerard had to go on a hard target search to find Dr. Richard Kimble, and now 20 years later, the actor is still chasing lawbreakers. Kinda. In "The Family," he knows exactly where gangster Giovanni Manzoni is, the challenge is keeping him hidden.

Happy Birthday Robert De Niro! Watch Full Episode Of His Appearance On 'Inside The Actors Studio'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2013 12:07 PM
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While Robert De Niro's recent career choices have often times been baffling ("The Big Wedding," "Killing Season," "New Year's Eve"), when he steps into a movie of quality, it's a reminder of just how good he can be ("Silver Linings Playbook," the underrated "Stone"). But, it's easy to be short sighted, and with the actor celebrating his 70th birthday today, it's a reminder that De Niro has an entire body of work that will undoubtedly rank him as a legend in cinema's history books.

Robert De Niro & Meryl Streep Reteam And Move Into 'The Good House'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2013 1:49 PM
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While they already have the classic "The Deer Hunter," the underrated "Falling In Love" and the tough indie "Marvin's Room" under their belt, it has been seventeen years since Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep last graced the big screen together. But it looks like we won't have to wait much longer for another movie with the legendary pair as they've got a new project lined up.

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