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Watch: Hit The Streets With 4 Clips From 'Ride Along' Starring Kevin Hart & Ice Cube

  • By Ben Brock
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  • January 7, 2014 11:02 AM
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Ride Along
As we look back on 2013's winners and losers, one to remember is Kevin Hart, whose stand-up-flick-with-a-bit-of-fiction-mixed-in “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” was a critical hit that became the 4th most successful stand-up film ever (he also starred in “Grudge Match," but never mind). Hart is kicking off 2014, meanwhile, with “Ride Along,” a cop comedy about a high-school security guard (Hart) being taken on a ride along by his prospective brother-in-law, who is an actual cop, played by everyone's favorite not-actual cop, Ice Cube. Cube's aim, of course, is to see if Hart is a good enough guy to marry his sister (Tika Sumpter), but the ride along turns out to be more testing than he really intends.

Review: 'Grudge Match' is 'Rocky' vs. 'Raging Bull,' But We Lose

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • December 23, 2013 8:30 PM
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Grudge Match
“Grudge Match” can’t possibly live up to its billing, which essentially pits "Raging Bull" pugilist Jake La Motta (Robert De Niro) against “Rocky” namesake Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), finally settling the bets of cinematic boxing fans everywhere. The film’s narrative echoes the problem its stars face: can two former champions remind of us why we rooted for them in the first place?

Watch: New Trailer For 'Ride Along' Serves Up A Few More Scenes Of Ice Cube & Kevin Hart Mayhem

Ride Along
The Oscar nominations and "Ride Along" in the same week? If you needed more proof that The Playlist loves both high and "low" art, here you go, as we're pretty stoked not just to see which awards season movies get the ultimate honor, but also to witness Ice Cube and Kevin Hart go at it for two hours. Read More »

Hailee Steinfeld Goes Straight-Edge In 'Ten Thousand Saints,' Samuel L. Jackson Swings Back To 'Tarzan' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 11, 2013 1:47 PM
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Ten Thousand Saints Haliee Steinfeld
Punk rock movies are usually a very mixed bag (see this year's "CBGB") but with colorful characters and big emotions, filmmakers are going to keep flocking to the subject matter. And thus, Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini ("American Splendor," "Cinema Verite") are going to turn it up with "Ten Thousand Saints."

Watch: Ice Cube & Kevin Hart Hit The Streets In New Trailer For 'Ride Along'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2013 6:26 PM
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While we might come off as Snooty McHighFaultinPants from time-to-time, the truth is we here at The Playlist love (well done) dumb fun as much as the next person. And it's safe to say, we're totally going to watch the shit out of "Ride Along."

Watch: New Trailer For 'About Last Night' Remake Starring Kevin Hart

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2013 5:16 PM
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Kevin Hart is on the precipice of stardom if he isn't already there. The comic actor has been paying his dues ever since his memorable appearance in "The Forty Year-Old Virgin" and this summer scored a surprise box office hit with his standup special "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain." And with big roles coming in "Grudge Match," "Think Like A Man Too" and "Ride Along" coming up we're going to be seen a lot more of him, including in the upcoming remake of the '80s nugget "About Last Night."

Review: Kevin Hart's New Stand-Up Movie 'Let Me Explain'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 3, 2013 4:46 PM
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Typically summer is the season for giant space ships and costumed superheroes and explosions that are so lovingly reproduced in the theater that you can feel your fillings rattling inside your teeth. It is not, typically, the season for low budget concert comedy specials. Kevin Hart, whose new concert film "Let Me Explain," opens this week against Disney's "The Lone Ranger" (budget: $250 million) and Universal's animated "Despicable Me 2" (budget: $76 million), seems to understand this. At the very beginning of his new movie, which lasts a little over an hour, Hart says that he recently saw a Jay-Z/Kanye West concert in which flames erupted out of the stage in giant pillars. He summons similar flames for his show with the magic words, "Let's get some fire on these bitches." And the flames come. But those aren't the only pyrotechnics on display in "Let Me Explain." Hart, one of the most talented and successful comedians working today, can make you laugh. And laugh hard. In "Let Me Explain," he's on fire.

Watch: The Next Buddy Cop Comedy Hit? Kevin Hart & Ice Cube Go On A 'Ride Along'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2013 2:06 PM
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With "The Heat" proving this past weekend that a fresh spin on an old formula can bring out audiences in droves, Universal will be hoping they can work the same magic next year with "Ride Along." Yes, it's another buddy cop movie that once again finds an interesting tweak to give everyone involved a new entry into the genre.

Will Ferrell And Kevin Hart Attached To Star In The Comedy ‘Get Hard’; Warner Bros. May Acquire

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 7, 2012 7:03 PM
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For years, at least in some circles, comedian Kevin Hart was known as the uppity Smart Tech Customer who almost clapped up Jay (Romany Malco) in Judd Apatow's “The 40 Year Old Virgin.” The scene is hilarious, now a classic in some circles (definitely around The Playlist watercooler), and Hart stole the show. The dimunitive comedian (5'2") has since shot up. His 2011 stand-up comedy documentary “Laugh at My Pain” turned Tinstletown heads when it earned $2 million dollars in its first week of limited release. It was one of the most solid per screen averages of the year and the film, produced for only $750,000, eventually grossed $7 million. Clearly there was an audience out there for Kevin Hart that Hollywood was just waking up to.

Warner Bros. Gives Green Light To 'Grudge Match' With Robert De Niro And Sly Stallone; Kevin Hart Joins Cast

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 12, 2012 10:28 AM
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Recycling reliable characters and narratives within action films has always been around, but post-“The Expendables” it seems the genre landscape has turned into a hazier smear of franchises and quips. With that film's runaway success apparently signaling a desperate need for familiarity, we learned in May that Sylvester Stallone was at it again, this time facing off in the ring with Robert De Niro for “Grudge Match,” but after a rather quiet summer the project has come roaring back to life, and with one of the most in-demand comedians in tow as well.

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