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History has proven that the only things one needs to make an entertaining movie are Jason Statham, a reason for Jason Statham to fight a bunch of goons, and a bunch of goons for Jason Statham to fight. So seeing as Homefront has even more good stuff going on in it than that, chances are it’s going to be the best thing action movie fans have seen in a while. I mean, its bad guy is James Franco playing a loud-mouthed, small town meth cooker named Gator, and it’s coming to us from the director of Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead (Gary Fleder). What more could you ask for? The basic story here is that Jason Statham is playing Jason Statham, but this time around he has a young daughter who he’s moved out to the country. Once said daughter has a playground scuffle with the local mouth-breathing fat kid, and said fat kid’s mother turns out to be a crazy trashball (Kate Bosworth) with ties to the would-be local drug kingpin (Franco), conflict escalates to confrontation, and then confrontation escalates to Statham putting a bunch of people’s heads through plate glass windows. Click through to watch it all go down for yourself.

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Writer/director Ariel Vromen (Rx) has chosen an interesting subject for his latest film, The Iceman; a New Jersey native named Richard Kuklinski who served as a mob hitman and killed somewhere between 100 and 250 people between the mid 50s and mid 80s, all without his wife and kids having any idea how he put food on the table. Vromen’s film follows Kuklinski from the point where he met his lady love and first got into organized crime back in the 50s, all the way to his capture and incarceration in 1986. It explores his psyche, his methods, and the way New Jersey fashions have gotten increasingly more ridiculous as the decades have gone on. Oh yeah, and one more thing… it’s got Michael Shannon playing the title role. Given what an intense, captivating actor Shannon has developed into over the years, any movie that puts him in a starring role is pretty explicitly setting up his performance as being its main attraction, so it feels necessary to spend a lot of time talking about how he does. Unsurprisingly, he’s good. Kuklinski was best known for being merciless and unflappable, and Shannon gets that across by doing a silent, stone-faced, De Niro type thing that feels authentic in its competence and menace. As his turn in Take Shelter proved, Shannon is best when he’s got repressed emotions boiling just beneath the surface of his skin, and the role of the dangerous killer playing wholesome family man gives him multiple chances […]

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There’s been a lot of news in the past 24-hours around the next project of director Darren Aronofsky.

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