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Review: 'Easy Money: Hard To Kill' Starring Joel Kinnaman Is A Worthy If Not Hugely Inventive Sequel

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 13, 2014 6:06 PM
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Easy Money: Hard To Kill
We, like a large portion of the rest of the world, really enjoyed the first “Snabba Cash”—retitled in English to the less-memorable “Easy Money”—director Daniel Espinosa’s pulsating Swedish crime film that launched both him and soon-to-be “Robocop” Joel Kinnaman onto our radars. We complimented that film on its “tenacious, shark-like energy” and were cautiously optimistic when its international success warranted a sequel. “Easy Money: Hard To Kill” sees Kinnaman and many members of the original cast return, but this time with Babak Najafi in the director’s chair instead of Espinosa. The result is a film that does honor to its predecessor by expanding the narrative universe a small degree, but never quite managing to pull a “Godfather II” on it. Still, it’s a sequel that, over a tighter running time, kicks against the law of diminishing returns, and only succumbs to it after a fight.

Exclusive: Joel Kinnaman Confronts A Thief In Clip From 'Easy Money: Hard To Kill'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2014 2:17 PM
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Easy Money: Hard To Kill
While today in multiplexes around the country, Joel Kinnaman is suiting up as the crime-fighting "RoboCop," in limited release or just in the comfort of your own home, you'll be able to catch the actor taking care of business in a wholly different way with "Easy Money: Hard To Kill." The sequel to his breakout film "Easy Money" (which also put director Daniel Espinosa on the map) is coming to America, and Kinnaman will be (reluctantly) on the wrong side of the law.

Joel Kinnaman Says He Shot One Day On 'Knight Of Cups' And Had A 17-Page Monologue

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2014 2:24 PM
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Joel Kinnaman
Just like the start of the past few years, we wonder if in the months ahead we'll see the latest from Terrence Malick, who is currently sitting on two films; an untitled Austin music scene set movie, and "Knight Of Cups." Will they screen at Cannes or perhaps be split up and hit a couple of different festivals? Your guess is as good as ours, though Malick's protege A.J. Edwards—the director behind the very Malick-y "The Better Angels," which the reclusive filmmaker put his name on as producer—seems to think they will indeed arrive sometime in 2014.

Review: 'RoboCop' Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 5, 2014 1:00 PM
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Robocop
Every movie should be approached with an open mind. Ideally, be it a film from Martin Scorsese or Friedberg and Seltzer, a reviewer should be going in without expectations, ready to play it as it lays. But it'd be dishonest to pretend that that was the case going in to "RoboCop," because it's a long-delayed remake of Paul Verhoeven's 1980s cult action sci-fi classic that, based at least on early buzz and previews, does without much of what made the original special — the satirical bite, the extreme violence, the hand-crafted effects et al. As such, even the most even-handed person could be forgiven for going in with a heavy heart, especially with the smell of the abysmal "Total Recall" redo still lingering like a fish head behind a radiator.

Watch: 2 Clips & TV Spot For 'RoboCop' Plus IMAX Poster And Over 25 New Images From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 22, 2014 4:47 PM
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RoboCop
Next month, swift violent justice is coming to the streets of Detroit. Yep, "RoboCop" is getting a shiny new suit, fancier toys and some bigger firepower in this reboot of Paul Verhoeven's satirical classic, and a bunch of case files (meaning: promo stuff) have landed online.

Watch: Joel Kinnaman Gets Back In The Crime Game With U.S. Trailer & Poster For 'Easy Money: Hard To Kill'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2014 4:18 PM
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Next month, on the same weekend, you'll get to see two different sides to Joel Kinnaman. In the big budget Hollywood remake of "RoboCop," he'll be suited up to fight crime and take out bad guys all while soundtrack to some awful rawk riffs. Meanwhile, in the foreign thriller "Easy Money: Hard To Kill," he'll be on the other side of the law, deep in the drug game. And Kinnaman is a bit more interesting as a morally complicated man than an indestructible heroic cop.

Watch: First Full Clip, OmniCorp's CES 2027 Presentation, TV Spots & More For 'RoboCop'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 15, 2014 2:38 PM
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Dead or alive, this remake is being made. Yep, "RoboCop" has been rebooted, bringing back everyone's favorite cyborg for more action and less satire. And if this first clip is anything to go by, you might want to stick with Paul Verhoeven's version for the time being.

What Kind Of Suit Is This? Watch The New International Trailer For 'RoboCop'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 20, 2013 6:41 AM
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RoboCop
After two rather more uptempo trailers selling the familiar tale of "RoboCop" in a slick new package, a fresh international spot takes a more mournful tone, one that puts the emotional arc of the story first and the explosions second. And oh yeah, it features lots of new footage too.

'The Killing' Lives One Last Time For Final Season On Netflix

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2013 8:27 PM
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Oh, "The Killing." The U.S. import of the hit Scandinavian show has not gone well. First arriving in 2011, the show served up two frustrating seasons that stretched out a murder mystery, losing the interest and patience of critics and audiences, which lead to its cancellation. But it was soon revived again, with AMC and Netflix teaming up this past summer and delivering a third season that barely played to a bigger audience than the second. And once again AMC canned the show. But it seems you can't keep "The Killing" down for it has lived for yet another day.

Watch: New Trailer For 'RoboCop' Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman & Samuel L. Jackson Goes On Duty

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2013 10:03 AM
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Robocop, 2014
While we didn't necessarily want this remake, it has been made, and we have to admit, we're intrigued by "RoboCop." The talent for this is certainly undeniable with "Elite Squad" helmer Jose Padilha guiding a helluva cast—Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel and Samuel L. Jackson—through futuristic Detroit. But can it even begin to come close to Paul Verhoeven's twisted perfection? Well, this new trailer is going to make a case for it.

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