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Bond, Dracula, Batman & More: Who Played These 10 Iconic Characters Best?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 21, 2014 3:10 PM
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Bond, Dracula, Batman & More: Who Played These 10 Characters Best?
This past weekend saw the release of "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," the latest film to feature Tom Clancy's CIA analyst. It's probably fair to say that the film didn't live up to Paramount's expectations as a franchise re-starter, opening in fourth at the box office with a disappointing $15 million, and is heading to a rather ignominious future as a film that you watch ten minutes of on cable before realizing that you've already watched it.

Box Office: 'Ride Along' Arrests Top Spot, 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Stays Undercover

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 19, 2014 1:27 PM
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Ride Along
The first weekend after the Oscar nominations is here, and what did audiences vote for? "Ride Along." The Ice Cube/Kevin Hart team up comedy made Universal very happy, pocketing over $40 million in its first weekend, marking a strong start for the movie, which should have great legs with audiences, who gave it an A-grade CinemaScore. And overall, the multiplexes were busy with audiences making it the second best Martin Luther King holiday-weekend in history.

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: Duck And Cover With 2 New Clips From 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2014 3:26 PM
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
No one joins the CIA just to work as an analyst. Or that's the case in the movie world anyway, with Chris Pine's rebooted Jack Ryan drawn into far more than he bargained for in "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit." And with Paramount's new (potential) franchise launching in just a few days, a couple more clips are here to entice you to buy tickets.

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.

Watch: Chris Pine & Keira Knightley Have Couples Therapy In New Clip From 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • January 8, 2014 1:21 PM
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Obviously, you've already seen our list of 10 Movies To See This Month and booked your tickets for all of them: but just in case it slipped your mind, here's some promoterial (you can have that word for free, marketing departments) for “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” to get you in the mood. As we noted over in that article, the film is aiming to revive a character previously played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck: Chris Pine takes the role this time, with Kenneth Branagh directing and playing the villain viz a szick Rrrrrrussian akzent (there's a certain strange joy to be taken in the way Branagh has grown out of serious Shakesperian thespianism and is enjoying his 50s directing massive action blockbusters).

Watch: 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Goes All Jason Bourne In Action-Packed Clip

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2014 3:18 PM
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Jack Ryan is back in a reboot of sorts that brings the character previously played by Harrison Ford (x2), Alec Baldwin and Ben Affleck back to his roots. As the title suggests, he'll just be getting into the game when we meet him again in "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," but it seems he's already got some skills to the pay the bills.

10 Films To See In January

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • January 2, 2014 12:06 PM
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10 Films To See In January
January is perceived to be a flat-out, no-good month to release a movie. Usually considered the dumping ground for films which would be killed opening up any other time—no disrespect—but if your movie’s being released this month, it will be approached with a greater sense of wariness. However, it's not all bad, as the post Christmas/New Year’s malaise not only sees Oscar and awards season contenders expand from limited to wide release, savvy distributors find pockets to release adult, intelligent fare into a marketplace that desperately needs it. So in case you thought January was a lost cause, here are ten movies to see this month, including two that opened in limited release in December but are getting a second tribute in honor of their wide releases.

How The 'Avengers'-Izing Of Blockbusters Is Killing Movies

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 18, 2013 4:50 PM
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How The 'Avengers'-Izing Of Blockbusters Is Killing Movies
Is it enough to just make one movie anymore? In the wake of Marvel’s audacious world-building in an assembly line of completely indistinguishable adventure movies, the studios would answer no. What used to be one series of movies has become a web, one that involves various other series’ and offshoots of one particular brand.

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.

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