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So, None Of The Awards? ‘Child 44’ With Gary Oldman & Tom Hardy Gets A Spring 2015 Release

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 15, 2014 3:30 PM
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Child 44 Gary Oldman Tom Hardy
Reader reports, audience reviews… meh. Sure you can keep tabs on that “coverage,” but posting about that stuff specifically can be hurtful or irresponsible to a film if the “reviews” are early and especially if they’re negative (hell, on the Internet they’re pretty easy to fabricate in either direction too). Finding out “early buzz” on a movie through test screenings isn’t hard if you’re looking for it. So that said, we’d been hearing a few whispers about “Child 44” and perhaps today’s news jibes with it.

Watch: Moody First Trailer For Final Season Of 'The Killing'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2014 9:15 AM
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The Killing
In the age of streaming services saving cable shows, "The Killing" has had nine lives. Canceled by AMC after the second season, revived for season three, only to be canceled again, Netflix swooped in and brought back the show for one final run around the block. And as you'd probably guess, it's going to be moody as hell.

First Look: Final Season Of ‘The Killing’ On Netflix; Plus Video Recap Of Seasons 1-3

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 26, 2014 12:01 PM
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The Killing
“The Killing” is a curious show with almost nine lives. A major hit out of the gate for AMC that looked like it could replicate some of the success of “Breaking Bad” or other flagship shows on the network. Like we wrote at the beginning of season 2, “the pilot episode of the show -- an eerie mix of David Fincher “Se7en” rain/gloom aesthetics and the “Twin Peaks”-like ominousness found in the Pacific Northwest -- received near universal acclaim from critics.” But the show quickly went south, dragged everything out and went a little nuts with red herrings that lead into cul de sac after cul del sac. Ratings dropped and by the end of season two the show was canceled. AMC then unkilled it, brought it back for season 3 and then canceled it again.

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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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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  • 9 Comments
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.

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