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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Review

Very Good

The hero from Lee Child's series of novels is back - well, the Tom Cruise version of the hero. He may be a 6-foot-5 blond muscle-man in the books, but Cruise weathered the storm with the unusually smart first movie, and now he returns for a remarkably gritty action thriller that feels like the antithesis of his Mission: Impossible movies. This is an ageing hero who gets hurt and recognises the laws of gravity.

As he roams around America helping strangers, Jack (Tom Cruise) keeps in touch with Susan (Cobie Smulders), who took his old job as commanding officer of a military police base. But just as he decides to drop in to meet her, she's arrested on trumped-up charges. And he is also promptly framed for murder and locked up. All of this happens just as he discovers that 15-year-old Samantha (Danika Yarosh) is his daughter. So Jack and Susan break out of prison and take Sam along as they try to sort out why they are suddenly on the wrong side of the law. Everything seems to trace back to a shady private contractor (Robert Knepper) who has sent a ruthless killer (Patrick Heusinger) to stop them.

In normal action blockbusters, this kind of plot would play out with massive explosions, physics-defying car chases and superhuman characters who take a hit and keep on going. But director Edward Zwick (who directed Cruise in The Last Samurai) takes a much more thoughtful, realistic approach that sometimes makes the film feel like it's moving in slow motion by comparison. Cruise is decidedly mortal in this role, needing to take a moment to recover after every punch. Since he's not invincible, Jack is far more engaging as a character, especially as he grapples with issues surrounding unexpected fatherhood. He also strikes just the right balance of flirtatious camaraderie with Smulders' Susan, never tipping over into a corny action-movie romance.

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Sully Trailer


Chesley Sullenberger has been a pilot all of his adult life. Having had an interest in planes from a young age, Sully decided to join the United States Air Force Academy where he became a 'top flyer' in his class. From his initial position as a cadet, he worked his way up the ranks be become a captain. His astute knowledge of planes was one of the reasons why he was also part of an accident investigation board.

After leaving the air force, he began work at American Airways, whilst also keeping up his interest in aircraft safety. On January 15, 2009 sully began work as usual, travelling to LaGuardia Airport for a flight to Charlotte. The bags were loaded, the passengers seated and the checks completed as it was time for take-off.

As Sully and his co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, initiate the take-off procedure, there was nothing to make either think that this wouldn't be a straightforward shuttle flight. As the wheels took off and the plane lifted from the ground, the plane is suddenly thrown into chaos as a flock of geese fly into the plane and cause serious malfunctions in both engines.

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Monster Trucks Trailer


Tripp doesn't like the small town life that's currently encapsulating his life. He's a senior in high school and can't wait to make a break for a fresh start as soon as possible. Tripp is a great mechanic and starts building his own monster truck but what happens next was beyond belief for the student.

As Tripp works on his car, he discovers a monster living inside his car. Initially scared of the oddity, the human eventually warms to his unlikely new friend and realises that he must've come to the surface after a recent oil drilling accident. 

Tripp calls the monster Creatch and notes that he's incredibly intelligent and loves dining on large quantities of fuel. With hunters hot on the heels of Creatch, Tripp must devise a way to protect his new friend.

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Run All Night Trailer


Jimmy Conlon is a former hit man for the mob whose life of crime have left many mental scars. His best friend is the mob boss Shawn Maguire, but things get complicated for their relationship when Conlon's son Mike finds himself being hunted down by Maguire's own boy Danny. In a bid to defend his son, Jimmy arrives on the scene and shoots Danny dead. Jimmy knows the drill and after a meeting with Shawn realises he must do everything within his power to keep Mike from being killed by the rest of the gang, as he and his family are targeted once again. Jimmy is forced to kill old friends as he takes on the most dangerous task of his life, in taking care of the family he has led to death. Meanwhile, he's on the run from a police officer desperate to put him behind bars for his past crimes.

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Blackhat - Cyber Hacking Featurette


For the production of 'Blackhat', writer/director Michael Mann had to brush up on his knowledge of hacking in order to put together a film on the subject. Actor Chris Hemsworth had to undergo a master class on hacking and the use of computers. Mann also discusses how terrifying the idea of a cyber-criminal being able steal whatever they please from anywhere in the world at any time. 

'Blackhat' follows the story of a hacker that can target anywhere in the world, stealing money and amassing wealth before causing a string of terrorist attacks upon the world. The US and China form a specialist taskforce to discover the identity of the hacker and find him before he is able to strike again. When they find themselves unable to trace the source, they turn to Nicholas Hathaway (Hemsworth), a convicted hacker serving jail time for hacking. If Hathaway is able to find and expose the mysterious hacker before it's too late, he will be free to live his life. 'Blackhat' is due to be released in the US on 16th January 2015, with a UK theatrical release following on 20th January in the same year. 

 

Holt McCallany - Stars attended the 5th Annual Face Forward Gala in support of victims of domestic abuse in Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 13th September 2014

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Holt McCallany - Los Angeles premiere of 'Ganzfeld Haunting' at Laemmle's Music Hall Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 6th February 2014

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Gangster Squad - Trailer Trailer


Mickey Cohen is a dangerous Mafia boss with power over the police and the people of Los Angeles in 1949. His mob and his world revolves around drugs, firearms, prostitutes and casinos with power and money being the only consequence in their criminal misdeeds. However, it's not long before some members of the LAPD begin to question their own methods and power and start to realise that they must be the ones to take down Mickey and his gang but to do so they must hang up their LAPD badges and go into this war without mercy. All they need is five or seven men willing to put their lives on the line against this ruthless mob of forty. But it's not just their own lives threatened in this conflict.

'Gangster Squad' is based on the true story of the real infamous Mickey Cohen which was put into the novel 'Tales from the Gangster Squad' by Paul Lieberman. The crime flick has been directed by Ruben Fleischer ('Zombieland', '30 Minutes or Less') and written by Will Beall ('Castle') in his feature film screenplay debut. It was originally meant to be released in September 2012 but it was pushed back to January 11th 2013 following the tragedy of the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting. It was deemed inappropriate for it to be released so soon after given that one scene in the movie was to involve a similar theater massacre.

Director: Ruben Fleischer

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Video - Henry Winkler, Bas Rutten And Greg Germann At 'Here Comes The Boom' NY Premiere


Arrivals at the 'Here Comes the Boom' premiere in New York included the movie's stars Henry Winkler, Gary Valentine with his wife Jackyline, Mark Dellagrotte, Greg Germann and his wife, and mixed martial artist Bas Rutten with his youngest daughters Bianca and Sabine.

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Holt McCallany and Mother - Holt McCallany, and his Mother Tuesday 9th October 2012 'Here Comes the Boom' New York Premiere held at the AMC Theatre in Lincoln Square

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Holt McCallany Tuesday 10th April 2012 'To The Arctic' Special Screening at AMC Lincoln Square

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Holt McCallany Monday 26th March 2012 Holt McCallany at the world premiere of 'Wrath of The Titans' at the AMC Lincoln Square IMAX - Red Carpet

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Holt McCallany Tuesday 19th July 2011 World premiere of 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' held at the Ziegfeld Theater - Arrivals New York City, USA

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Holt McCallany and The Village Wednesday 9th February 2011 Los Angeles Premiere of 'I am Number Four' held at the Village Theatre Los Angeles, California

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Holt McCallany - Joe Frazier and Holt McCallany New York City, USA - Premiere screening of FX's 'Lights Out' at Hudson Theatre - Arrivals Wednesday 5th January 2011

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Holt McCallany Wednesday 5th January 2011 Premiere screening of FX's 'Lights Out' at Hudson Theatre - Arrivals New York City, USA

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The Losers Trailer


Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar are The Losers, a small team but some of the best special forces operatives the USA have to offer. When you sign up to work in the special forces, death and serious injury is a huge risk which you come to live with, what you might not expect is to be betrayed and double-crossed by your employers.

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The Peacemaker Review


Very Good
High stakes intrigue when nine nuclear missiles go missing in post-breakup Russia. Kidman and Clooney are hammy, yes, but for all its flaws, The Peacemaker is a lot of fun. Favorite line, Kidman yelling, "Take the shot!"

Below Review


Weak
When is somebody going to scare the shit out of us again?

Will the day arrive when I can watch a movie with the same frightened, uneasy feeling I get when I walk through my darkened hallway at midnight?

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Men Of Honor Review


OK

If the life of Carl Brashear, the first African-American to become a diver in the U.S. Navy, was really like it is depicted in the highly-scripted "Men of Honor," he would have seen coming, well in advance, every hardship he would ever have to face.

He'd have known whenever a bigot was going to shove him or called him a name. He'd have known when he'd meet the girl of his dreams. And he'd have gotten out of the way of that Russian sub which tangles his underwater gear in the climax of the third act.

It's hard to sit through "Men of Honor" without being pulled out of the story by the nagging feeling that creative license runs wild and unchecked throughout this blatantly fictionalized screenplay. But even if it is 110-percent predictable, the picture has two things going for it that help eke out a slight victory over its rigid, transparent structure -- solid performances from Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding, Jr.

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Below Review


Good

Already packed solid with all the claustrophobic wartime tension a good submarine thriller needs, "Below" squeezes in something more -- a startling, bone-chilling element of the supernatural.

Set onboard an American sub called the USS Tiger Shark, cruising the Atlantic during World War II, the tightly drawn story begins with the boat doubling back on its planned course under orders to rescue the only three survivors of a torpedoed British hospital ship -- a crewman, a badly burned patient and a nurse (Olivia Williams), who causes consternation among the crew. She's pretty, sure. But more importantly, maritime superstition holds that women are bad luck on a submarine.

Director David Twohy ("Pitch Black") wastes no time in building seat-gripping suspense. The Tiger Shark's sonar officer picks up an unknown contact just as the sub is surfacing amongst the sunken steamer's debris, so the rescue becomes a palpably perilous race against time. The scene is nerve-wracking, thanks in no small part to Twohy's touches of tense creativity (all the dread he needs is found in a single shot looking back at the captain's eye from inside the periscope) and a potently unsettling, untraditionally military score by Graeme Revell ("Pitch Black," "Blow," "Tomb Raider").

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Shot Caller Movie Review

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Movie Review

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Trailer

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