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Trailer Time: Now You See Me – The Second Act (2016) *Can Magic Strike Twice?*

One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, The Four Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.

Now You See Me got mixed reviews, but, I thought it was absolutely brilliant fun.  They left the end of the first movie open for the possibility of more and more is coming in summer 2016.  The thing that stands out to me is that the female leads from the first film, Isla Fisher and Melanie Laurent, are not returning for the sequel.  Fisher was 1/4 of the Four Horsemen and her place appears to be taken by Lizzy Caplan.  It does look like Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine are returning, and I hope this ends up being as much of a blast as the first.  Now You See Me: The Second Act opens June 10, 2016.
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22 Jump Street Blu Ray/DVD Date and Details

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22 Jump Street was just as surprisingly as much fun as 21 Jump Street and 23 Jump Street is going forward (announced just today).  How that jives with the end of the film, which flashes through every possible Jump Street scenario possible, who knows?  As long as Phil Lord and Chris Miller are involved, the stupid awesomeness will continue.  22 Jump Street hits stores on DVD and Blu Ray on November 18, 2014.  Full details on special features below: Continue reading 22 Jump Street Blu Ray/DVD Date and Details

Movie Review: 22 Jump Street (2014)

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It blows my mind that the same two guys who brought us The LEGO Movie are responsible for 21 and now 22 Jump Street.  Phil Lord and Christopher MIller have my attention forever.  If you think that making a sequel to 21 Jump Street is a horrible idea, the movie agrees with you and steamrolls over most of your objections in a way that nearly breaks the fourth wall but just skirts the edge.  Think Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum look WAY too old to be undercover at a college?  SO DO THE STUDENTS!  They make relentlessly hilarious jokes at Tatum and Hill’s expense the entire film.

Tatum and Hill have a fantastic comedic chemistry and here’s the deal: if you liked 21 Jump Street, you’ll like 22 Jump Street.  It makes not a bit of effort to deviate from the formula that made the first movie work.  If anything, it’s sillier and looser in plot because they’re all just clearly having such a blast being around each other.  While there’s nothing that can top Depp’s cameo from the first film, seeing what Jump Streets XXIII – LXVII would have been is nearly as good.  Chris Miller and Phil Lord made me laugh again and are responsible for two of the five best movies of 2014 so far.
8.5/10

Movie Review: Neighbors (2014)

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I generally don’t go see comedies in the theater, because they’re such a hit-or-miss proposition, but I felt like going out this weekend and I would have rather had open heart surgery than sit through Spider-Man 2 again, so NEIGHBORS IT WAS!  Coming out of the film, which I laughed through, my dominant impression was…..I’ve seen this before.  Granted there are some things IN Neighbors I have NEVER seen before nor would care to again, but the overall Seth Rogen gross-out movie experience had me feeling deja vu as I walked to my car. Continue reading Movie Review: Neighbors (2014)

Now You See Me Blu Ray Release Date and Details

Now You See Me, Louis Leterrier, Jessie Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Melanie Laurent, Marc Ruffalo, Zac Ephron, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson

 

Killing Time’s favorite film of the year so far, Now You See Me, will be headed to Blu Ray/DVD/UV on September 3rd with a mess of extras including an extended cut of the film.  I doubt I’d like that better since the relentless pacing is one of the things that make the movie so much fun, but then again, Louis Letterier is the director that cut the 30 minutes out of The Incredible Hulk that would have made it a freaking powerhouse instead of an ok film.  Why is there no director’s cut of that?  GIMME!  The press release on specs from Summit Entertainment below:

Summit Entertainment has announced that their recent ensemble hit, Now You See Me, is going to arrive on home video in a variety of formats including as a Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD, Digital Copy and Digital UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View on September 3. The film will also be available for Digital Download August 30th, four days prior to the Blu-ray and DVD release.

The Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Extended Director’s Cut of the film featuring 16 minutes of never-before-seen footage. Directed by Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans), Now You See Me stars Academy Award nominees Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and Woody Harrelson (The Messenger) alongside Isla Fisher (The Great Gatsby) and Dave Franco (Warm Bodies) as the magicians known as “The Four Horsemen.” The film also stars Academy Award winners Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby) and Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules), plus Mark Ruffalo (Marvel’s The Avengers) and Mélanie Laurent (Beginners) as the law-enforcement team hot on their tails. The screenplay is by Ed Solomon and Boaz Yakin & Edward Ricourt, with a story by Boaz Yakin & Edward Ricourt.

The Four Horsemen, a magic super-group led by the charismatic J. Daniel Atlas (Eisenberg), perform a pair of high-tech, high-profile magic shows. First amazing audiences by remotely robbing a Paris bank while in Las Vegas, and then exposing a white-collar criminal and funneling his millions into the audience members’ bank accounts, baffling the authorities. FBI Special Agent Dylan Rhodes (Ruffalo) is determined to make the magicians pay for their crimes—and to stop them before they pull off what promises to be an even more audacious heist. But he’s forced to partner with Alma (Laurent), an Interpol detective about whom he is instantly suspicious. Out of desperation, he turns to a famed magic debunker, who claims the Paris bank trick was actually a meticulously planned illusion. Dylan and Alma begin to wonder if the Horsemen have an outside point person. If so, finding him (or her) would be the key to ending the magicians’ crime spree. But who could it be? Or…could it really be…magic?

The Blu-ray Combo Pack, along with the extended director’s cut with sixteen minutes of never-before-seen footage, includes an audio commentary, two “making of” featurettes and deleted scenes. The DVD bonus materials include an audio commentary and a “making of” featurette. The Now You See Me Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

Full special features are listed as follows:

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
• Extended Director’s Cut Featuring 16 Minutes of Never-Before-Seen Footage
• Audio Commentary with Producer Bobby Cohen and Director Louis Leterrier (Theatrical Cut Only)
• “Now You See Me Revealed” featurette
• “A Brief History of Magic” featurette
• Deleted Scenes

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
• Audio Commentary with Producer Bobby Cohen and Director Louis Leterrier
• “A Brief History of Magic” featurette