"Rio 2" Movie Review 


“Rio 2” flies into theaters near you but is the sequel better than the first? All your favorite characters return for the second one including original director, Carlos Saldanha. The film is music-tinged no wonder many musicians flock to join the sequel including Janelle Monae and Bruno Mars. Before you head out to the theaters, take a look at my review.



Official Plot:

It's a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in RIO 2, after they're hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all - his father-in-law. All our favorite RIO characters are back, and they're joined by Oscar (R) nominee Andy Garcia, Grammy (R) winner Bruno Mars, Tony (R) winner Kristin Chenoweth and Oscar/Emmy (R)/Tony winner Rita Moreno. RIO 2 alsofeatures new Brazilian artists and original music by Janelle Monae and Wondaland. (c) Fox

Cast:

• Jesse Eisenberg as Blu
• Anne Hathaway as Jewel
• Leslie Mann as Linda Gunderson
• Bruno Mars as Roberto
• Jemaine Clement as Nigel
• George Lopez as Rafael
• Jamie Foxx as Nico
• will.i.am as Pedro
• Rodrigo Santoro as Tulio Monteiro
• Jake T. Austin as Fernando
• Tracy Morgan as Luiz
• Bebel Gilberto as Eva
• Andy García as Eduardo
• Kristin Chenoweth as Gabi
• Rita Moreno as Mimi
• Rachel Crow as Carla
• Amandla Stenberg as Bia
• Pierce Gagnon as Tiago
• Natalie Morales as a news anchor
• Janelle Monáe as Dr. Monae
• Philip Lawrence as Felipe

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Interview with Director of “The Raid 2!” He Talks About Possible Plot for “The Raid 3!” 


If you’re a fan of the fantastic “The Raid” franchise (the film just received the Critics’ Choice Seal of Approval), you may want to watch this interview. Gareth Evans, the writer/director behind the franchise, talks about the probability of making “The Raid 3” and the possible plotline. He also talks about his interest behind making part 2, how the whole franchise came about, what creating documentaries have taught him in making feature films, and the eye-popping action scenes of the series.

I interviewed him via satellite (he was in Cardiff, Wales, I was in Palm Springs, California), so there are some “waiting” glitches. So I cut them off and spliced them with a white flash so you don’t have to wait!

“The Raid 2” is now showing in theaters.



“The Raid 2” Official Plot:

He thought it was over. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen - a fight that left the bodies of police and gangsters alike piled in the halls - rookie Jakarta cop Rama thought it was done and he could resume a normal life. He couldn't have been more wrong. Formidable though they may have been, Rama's opponents in that fateful building were nothing more than small fish swimming in a pond much larger than he ever dreamed possible. And his triumph over the small fry has attracted the attention of the predators farther up the food chain. His family at risk, Rama has only one choice to protect his infant son and wife: He must go undercover to enter the criminal underworld himself and climb through the hierarchy of competing forces until it leads him to the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap. And so Rama begins a new odyssey of violence, a journey that will force him to set aside his own life and history and take on a new identity as the violent offender "Yuda." In prison he must gain the confidence of Uco - the son of a prominent gang kingpin - to join the gang himself, laying his own life on the line in a desperate all-or-nothing gambit to bring the whole rotten enterprise to an end.(c) Sony Classics

Cast:

• Iko Uwais as Rama / Yuda
• Arifin Putra as Uco
• Oka Antara
• Tio Pakusadewo as Bangun
• Alex Abbad as Bejo
• Julie Estelle
• Ryuhei Matsuda
• Kenichi Endo as Goto
• Kazuki Kitamura as Ryuichi
• Cecep Arif Rahman as "The Assassin"
• Cok Simbara as Bunawar
• Yayan Ruhian as Prakoso
• Very Tri Yulisman as "Baseball Bat Man"
• Donny Alamsyah as Andi
• Epy Kusnandar as Topan
• Roy Marten as Reza
• Zack Lee as Bemi
• Fikha Effendi as Isa
• Hengky Solaiman as Andi and Rama's father

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“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Does Cap Get? 


Chris Evans returns to the role of Steve Rogers aka Captain America in the sequel “The Winter Soldier.” Joining him in the film is Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes), and Robert Redford (Alexander Pierce).

But is the sequel worth your time and money? Take a look at my movie review of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”



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Final Films: Watch New Trailers and Say Goodbye to James Gandolfini and Britanny Murphy  


We all miss James Gandolfini but have no fear, if you didn't get a chance to see last year's fantastic "Enough Said," the late star still has a final appearance in the crime thriller "The Drop" from director Michaël R. Roskam and written by Dennis Lehane ("Shutter Island," "Gone Baby Gone," "Mystic River"). The main star of the film is Tom Hardy as Gandolfini's onscreen nephew. Fox Searchlight will release the movie on September 19. And it looks intriguing!

Another late star we missed is Brittany Murphy but finally, her last film is being released after hiding on the shelf for a while. "Something Wicked" will open in Eugene, Ore. Why Eugene? Because that's where the movie was shot. If you're in Eugene and want to see Murphy's "Something Wicked," the release date is April 4th and it will expand to 19 other locations. It's a psychological thriller about a couple falling apart. Take a look at the trailer below:



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Movie Reviews – NOAH, BAD WORDS, CESAR CHAVEZ 


Three films headed near you, we have the raunchy comedy “Bad Words” from Jason Bateman, making his feature-film debut as a director (he acted in the movie too alongside the super-funny Kathryn Hahn); We also have “Cesar Chavez” from actor/director Diego Luna helming his first English-feature starring Michael Pena as the beloved activist and America Ferrera as his wife. John Malkovich, Rosario Dawson, and Wes Bentley complete the cast.

And then we have the much-awaited “Noah” from the brilliant auteur, Darren Aronofsky. The biblical star-studded epic stars Russell Crowe as our hero, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Nick Nolte, and Anthony Hopkins.

So which one is my pick of the week? Take a look at my reviews:



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