Back in 1997, I Know What You Did Last Summer cautioned the world’s reckless drivers that they should not commit a hit-and-run. Because someone might have secretly seen them, and also that someone is most likely a gruesome serial killer. Now, a decade-and-a-half later, Samuel L. Jackson and Dominic Cooper are here to once again needlessly utter this unforgettable truism with the video-on-demand thriller Reasonable Doubt.
In the directing debut of Peter P. Croudins, Cooper plays a district attorney that one night gets drunk, hits and kills a guy, and flees the scene. When he winds up prosecuting Samuel L. Jackson for the crime, guilt pushes him to throw the case, but it turns out that was a bad idea: Sam Jackson is both sole witness to Cooper’s crime and a serial killer! He was actually torturing and murdering the victim before the unlucky jerk fled straight into Cooper’s SUV. Who knew, right?
Once Cooper somehow catches on to that, of course he wants to prosecute Jackson for his other crimes; that sends Jackson into a frenzy of blackmail, threats, and frame-jobs that seemingly ends in an armed stand-off between both criminals. Why didn’t Jackson accuse Cooper in the first place? Why doesn’t Cooper just wash his bumper and say that the serial killer is lying? These plot points aren’t really dealt with in the trailer. All the other ones are, though, so watch below only if you’re comfortable spoiling the purity of Reasonable Doubt.
ScreenCrush wraps up the latest in movies and TV you might have missed. Today, get your first look at Denzel Washington in ‘The Equalizer,’ count down the weirdest video games based on TV shows and see what Lois Lane thinks about Wonder Woman.
- Here’s our first look at Denzel Washington in ‘The Equalizer.’ [HeyYouGuys]
- The 10 weirdest video games based on TV shows. [Arcade Sushi]
One thing that separates action movies from other genres is that a lot of dialogue isn’t needed. Fists, feet and fighting do most of the talking. That is why foreign movies make such excellent viewing for international audiences. Even with distracting voice overs, or boring subtitles, foreign movies show that the love of cinematic violence is universal. That sometimes the most beautifully written line in a script can’t even come close to a roundhouse kick to the face. Action movies embraces violence, warts and all and create some down right entertaining movies.
Despite Hollywood being the forefront in most movies genres, the action genre has been incredibly inventive and innovative in other countries. Especially in countries with a strong heritage of martial arts. However, new countries with their own brand of violence have emerged on the scene and action movies have never been better.
Pulled from the history of world cinema, these are 10 action movies that have been so influential that they have changed the face of action. Sometimes this is done by making the violence more gritty, while others went the opposite way to show the athletic beauty and putting the emphasis on art in martial arts. Regardless, these movies are taut, hard hitting and some of the best action movies ever made.
Catching Fire had its two-week run atop the box office chart get Frozen in place. The latest Disney animated gem (check out our Frozen review) managed to topple Katniss and her second chapter in The Hunger Games trilogy by banking $ 31.6 million in its second week of release. The Jennifer Lawrence starring saga added another $ 27 million to its haul, bringing its total to an astonishing $ 336.7 million.
The only true wide new release of the week, the Christian Bale starring Out of the Furnace, came in third with a $ 5.3 million debut. Fourth place belonged to the Marvel movie that won’t quit, Thor: The Dark World. Chris Hemsworth and his heroic screen alter ego banked $ 4.7 million, bringing its total to $ 193.6 million.
Oh, the weather outside is… Well, it’s not that frightful yet, but it is a tad chilly. In that winter wonderland spirit, audiences flooded to “Frozen” over fellow holdover “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and newcomer “Out of the Furnace.”
Thanks to great word of mouth and it being the only PG-friendly feature in the interim of the holidays, “Frozen” snatched up families of all ages (both Nana and little Bobby being more keen on musical numbers and talking snowmen than teenagers killing each other or R-rated vigilante justice) and Disney nostalgists, also of all ages. The question for next week, will “Frozen” be able to freeze out “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” or will Elsa melt away at Smaug’s dragonfire (or the smouldering of Benedict Cumberbatch‘s voice)?
In the top spot, “Frozen” shot an icy arrow into the heart of Katniss and knocked down “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” with $ 31.6 million for the weekend. In second, ‘Catching Fire’ fell off 63% but still managed $ 27 million, with a massive running total of $ 673.4 million worldwide. A few breaths away from beating the $ 691 million theatrical run of its predecessor “The Hunger Games,” ‘Catching Fire’ looks like it will outrace that figure and do a few better, likely reaching the $ 750 million mark. But as for the magical, mythical $ 1 billion Lionsgate were hoping for? That will be a tough road especially with the big movies coming before December is over.
Peter Jackson has released a new video blog for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. It’s shorter than some of the previous ones, but we get to see a Hobbit and a few Dwarves playing table tennis, shooting in Smaug’s lair, and pick-up shots Lake-town.
Watch the video blog below:
The second in a trilogy of films adapting “The Hobbit,” by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans and Stephen Fry are among the cast.