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Box Office: Universal's 'Ride Along' and 'Lone Survivor' Top Weekend as 'Jack Ryan' Stumbles and 'Hustle' Rides Oscar Wave

Universal bounced back from its second big-budget dud of 2013, "47 Ronin," with two lower-budget 2014 releases that should pass the $100 million domestic mark. "Ride Along" and holdover "Lone Survivor" grabbed the top two spots, stealing the thunder from the spate of year-end Oscar contenders hoping to sustain their runs
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 19, 2014 3:39 PM
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This Weekend, Jack Ryan Returns, See Indies 'G.B.F.' and 'Like Father, Like Son'

Tom Clancy's badass CIA superagent Jack Ryan returns this weekend in "Shadow Recruit," the new film by Kenneth Branagh, whose career has taken an odd turn from Shakespeare to big-budget action thrillers. In select cities arrive the moving "Like Father, Like Son," warm teen comedy "G.B.F." and "Big Bad Wolves," Tarantino's favorite film of 2013.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 17, 2014 2:43 PM
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'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Is Enjoyable Action, But Fault Lies in the Script -- Not the Stars (REVIEW AND ROUNDUP)

Reviews have arrived for Kenneth Branagh's Tom Clancy adaptation "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," starring Chris Pine as the eponymous CIA-analyst hero. The verdict thus far is that Pine makes for an appealing (and attractive) lead, stepping into the same shoes that Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck did before him. While the action is kept at a good clip, the script falters with too many plot holes left gaping and, per Variety, "too many recycled genre parts."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 15, 2014 12:40 PM
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Kenneth Branagh on Why Chris Pine Was the Guy to Reboot Jack Ryan

I like Chris Pine. He's a strong actor and a movie star--although his reboot of Tom Clancy's signature spy is going to be a test of his marquee value. It's one thing to join the "Star Trek" ensemble and another to carry a movie.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 15, 2014 6:03 AM
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WATCH: First Trailer for 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,' Kenneth Branagh's Old-School Espionage Thriller Starring Chris Pine

The first trailer for director Kenneth Branagh's "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," starring Chris Pine as the titular CIA analyst who kicks a lot of ass, has landed. Fifth in the Jack Ryan series, the film is based on characters from the spy novels by author Tom Clancy, who died this week at age 66.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • October 4, 2013 11:47 AM
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