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In Theaters: 'The Mechanic,' 'The Rite,' 'Kaboom,' 'Ip Man 2'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 28, 2011 4:54 AM
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Fear not, brave moviegoers, it is the last weekend of January, that black hole of a new release month. We will soon dig our way out of this mess, but we must soldier through another questionable weekend. In old release news, did everyone have a magical Academy Awards nominations morning? Did Oscar bring you everything you hoped and more? At least Oscar hosts Anne Hathaway and Best Actor nominee James Franco are in a rigorous training camp to prepare for their big night, as evidenced by this short promo. Hopefully a fresh shot in the arm will liven things up a bit. Anyway! On to the new releases! The Stath brings his muscle to the remake of the Charles Bronson cult classic, "The Mechanic" with the always enjoyably unhinged Ben Foster in tow; religious horror flick "The Rite" provides the chewable scenery for Anthony Hopkins' insatiable craving (nom nom), and "From Prada to Nada" defiles another Jane Austen novel. In limited release, "Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster" brings the kung fu pain, Greg Araki's latest, "Kaboom," makes its non-festival screen debut, and the documentary "Lemmy" about the legendary Motorhead rocker should be a must-see for film and music fans (which you are, of course).

Review: 'Ip Man 2' Promises Some Whuppins With A Side Of History

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 26, 2011 3:17 AM
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Following the events of "Ip Man," Donnie Yen stars in the sequel, subtitled "Legend Of The Grandmaster." And aside from a few cosmetic changes, you won't get much variation. Not that this is a bad thing: the "Ip Man" films follow the legendary martial artist of the title who pioneered the art of Wing Chun, which is not the semi-popular New Wave band of the 1980's who famously scored "To Live And Die In L.A." but in fact a popular martial art that Ip Man spread across the globe.

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