This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for comic book fans. Denzel Washington stars in his first comic book movie. Yeah, “2 Guns,” the Hollywood adaptation of BOOM! Studios’ “Two Guns” wasn’t quite what I was expecting either.
If I had one round of cast switches this year, it would be to swap Washington/Wahlberg with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx in “White House Down.“
Washington as the president who has to help fight off terrorists with Wahlberg’s help intrigues me so much more and Tatum/Foxx’s dynamic seems like it would have been more fun in “2 Guns.”
Anyway, I’m seeing it tomorrow and the review will be up Friday as always. For now, here’s the trailer showing off all the fun:
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Sulley and Mike enter their new dorm room.
1. Monsters University – $47 million [2nd week; $186 million in total ] Last weekend’s champ retained its title while dispatching two thought to be strong contenders making their debuts.
The real test for Pixar’s latest hit comes next Wednesday with the opening of “Despicable Me 2,” direct competition for the summer family dollar. Continue Reading
Thanks to “White House Down” and “Olympus Has Fallen,” I feel pretty confident I know exactly how to save the President in case of a White House invasion. Here’s some helpful hints in case you’re wondering how to walk out a hero just in case things get nuts at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
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Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum in “White House Down.”
“White House Down” is one of those movies that makes you feel dumber every second you’re watching it and thanks to its two-hour plus run time, you’ll be backed to a second grade reading level by the time the end credits mercifully arrive. Continue Reading
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Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx star in Columbia Pictures’ “White House Down.”
When there’s two similar films coming out in a year, I always think it’s better to be first — with the exception of last year’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and “Lincoln,” which was different enough so as not to confuse audiences who may think they’ve already seen this movie. That’s not the case with Roland Emmerich’s latest disaster-porn offering, “White House Down,” starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. Continue Reading
Cobra Commander (Luke Bracey)
As a longtime G.I. Joe fan, I loved “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.”
It was packed with all kinds of little references to the cartoon, comic book and even action figure line — Cobra uses the water moccasin — that fans would get without randomly tacking them on for no good reason.
Here’s some of the ones I noticed on my first viewing, but I’m sure there were others I missed.
It goes without saying that from here on are spoilers so if you haven’t seen the movie yet… don’t continue unless you don’t mind the spoilers.
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Jinx (Elodie Yung), Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), Snake-Eyes (Ray Park) and Flint (D.J. Cotrona) in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.”
After the criminal acts committed to my childhood by the first attempt at a live-action G.I. Joe movie, “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” I questioned why Paramount Pictures thought there was still a future in the Joe-moviemaking business and green lit a sequel.
Turns out it was a good thing they decided to take another stab at doing it right this time as “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” is like a Joe movie made by actual fans of the property. While it’s not perfect, “Retaliation” fully captures the fun spirit and excitement of the source material. Continue Reading
My pal Jay Ryan got a chance to meet Channing Tatum, who will once again be reprising his role as Duke in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” which opens Thursday. I’ve enjoyed Tatum’s work and glad to see he has refused to allow himself to be typecast as the pretty boy as he’s shown impressive versatility in films like “The Vow,” “Haywire” and “21 Jump Street.”
Channing was a guy I was very curious if he’d be cool since he seems like he’d either be a very down to Earth guy or the cliche jock who could care less about the little people. Here’s Jay’s encounter: Continue Reading
I’ve seen far worse movies than “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” but very few have managed to leave me so irritated, frustrated and annoyed.
If Michael Bay did anything remotely right in 2009 it was making “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” such an unholy quivering piece of cinematic rubbish that anything by comparison seems not nearly as awful. But this gave it much closer competition than expected and without Bay’s debacle, ROC would be my solid lock for worse movie of the year. Continue Reading
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The cast of “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” at Empire Leicester Square in London.
In sharing the pictures from the Sydney, Australia premiere of “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” I wondered when we’d start to see the other cast members join their co-stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Adrianne Palicki, D.J. Cotrona, Lee Byung-hun and director Jon M. Chu in promoting the film. Continue Reading