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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: ‘Mechanic’ Remake Is Exactly What You’d Expect From A Jason Statham Movie In January

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2011 7:11 AM
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"The Mechanic" is the prototypical early year action movie -- nothing more and nothing less. Star Jason Statham, who again plays an infallible, lethal bad-ass, seems to have carved his niche as the current go-to guy for B-movie action flicks. The beefy Brit once seemed like a promising heir to the ‘80s blockbuster action hero throne left vacant by Sly and Ah-nold, but with a few exceptions ("The Bank Job," "The Italian Job"), his filmography over the past decade compares more realistically to the likes of Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal.

How Ben Foster Was Lured Into 'The Mechanic': Do You Want To Blow Up Stuff With Jason Statham?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2011 3:34 AM
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When "The Mechanic" was released in 1972, starring Charles Bronson as a professional hitman named Arthur Bishop and Jan-Michael Vincent as his protégé, Steve McKenna, the world of professional killers hadn’t yet become a staple of American cinema. In the almost four decades since, that is far from the case. A slew of imitators have followed, some good ("The Professional," "Grosse Pointe Blank") and some not so good ("Assassins," "Hitman").

The Leftover Question Marks Of 2011 - Can These Films Possibly Be Any Good? Part 1

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 14, 2011 6:22 AM
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The Answer Is Probably Not, But Hey, What The Hell...Our exhausting coverage of the films coming out in 2011 continues and yes, we're tired, hungry and a bit cranky. We used to call this our Least Anticipated Films feature, but this year our New Year's resolution was to be a tiny bit more positive. Frankly, the sentiment applies, but this is also the leftover films of 2011 we just don't know what to do with. Many of them look abysmal, some of us glass-half-full Playlist types (yes, there are a few among us) think, "hey, that picture might not be so bad," while other members of the group stare in shock that such an idea could be possibly floated. So yes, basically these are the films that we don't hold out too much hope, the ones we think look downright cheap and dreadful, made only to turn a buck and the occasional few that look half-decent (and may just not have fit in the character count of our Escapist Features, sue us) --- though before you bombard our comments section, please actually read what we have to say about these films before assuming we're completely writing them off. Also, while it wasn't intentional, some of us do find it amusing that most of the cast of "Twilight" fill these halls. Another trend we just realized? Leighton Meester pretty much means box-office poison (poor cute, "Gossip Girl"). Also, Hollywood seems to be banking on the mostly unknown Alex Pettyfer, but he truly looks like a charisma-free zone of blandness. Onwards to 2011, though, not necessarily upwards in this case....

Watch: Red Band Trailer For 'The Mechanic' Drops F-Bombs, Graphic Violence & A Random Boob

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2011 12:17 AM
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CBS Films is hoping to start of 2011 on solid footing after a dreadful 2010 that feature box office bombs like "Extraordinary Measures," "The Back-Up Plan" and "Faster" stinking up multiplexes. Enter Jason Statham. Pretty much playing the same guy he plays in every movie, he stars in "The Mechanic" and it now has a fresh red-band trailer.

New Poster & Trailer For Yet Another Generic Jason Statham Vehicle 'The Mechanic'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 16, 2010 3:55 AM
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Jason Statham once again stretches his acting muscles about one centimeter as the trailer has arrived for the latest CBS Films mid-budget-you're-better-off-saving-your-twelve-bucks flick "The Mechanic." Lord knows why the studio is dropping this one just two months after their other generic and similar-looking action vehicle, "Faster" which opens in a couple of weeks but at least that movie has a solid score by Clint Mansell.

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