Friday, February 8, 2013
20th Century Fox brings in the brawny and the brainy, the dudes and the gals, the offbeat and the uptight in a series of explosive action and thrilling features set to heat up the big screen this 2013 starting with Bruce Willis’ high-octane “A Good Day To Die Hard,” the Dracula-inspired “Stoker” starring Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock’s buddy cop movie “The Heat”, and Hugh Jackman’s most anticipated return on the screen as “The Wolverine.”
Considered as one of the most enduring movie stars in the world, Bruce Willis is back for the 5th time in the “Die Hard” blockbuster movie franchise the world over dies to line up for in “A Good Day To Die Hard” along with up and coming actor Jai Courtney. Willis not only reprises his iconic John McClane but gives the hard-talking detective a higher ante when the stage of blazing, intense action is set internationally in Moscow where he finds himself reunited with his estranged son Jack (Courtney). Having always had a frictional relationship with his son for years, the older McClane decides to finally look him up with help from friends at Washington DC. The search showed that Jack is involved in some nefarious business in Europe somewhere and John takes flight from DC to Russia with the intention of helping his son out of trouble. Unaware that his son is a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a ring of terrorist planning a nuclear weapons heist, the two McClanes shed as much strength, wit and humor making them unstoppable heroes despite their opposing methods.
Creepy thriller “Stoker” starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, and Matthew Goode starts after India’s (Wasikowska’s) father dies in an auto accident. Her Uncle Charlie (Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother (Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him. “Stoker” is the English-language film debut of famed Korean filmmaker Park Chan-Wook.
“The Heat” marks Sandra Bullock’s return to action-comedy, a genre typically dominated by males where stakes are higher and doubled with Melissa McCarthy as her partner-in-crime to solve crimes. Directed by Paul Feig, the buddy cop movie follows Sarah Ashburn (Bullock), a rigid FBI agent forced to team up with Shannon Mullins (McCarthy), a brash undercover Boston street cop to solve a high profile drug cartel. In a recent interview with EW.com, Feig relates “The Heat” further as, “Ashburn’s been in the FBI for a long time. She’s a great agent but she’s slightly over-confident, a little intolerant of anybody who isn’t at her level, so she showboats a little bit. She gets sent to Boston to help crack this case about this drug lord that nobody can figure out. And she has to work with Melissa’s character because Melissa’s a street cop who knows the neighborhood. But she’s used to doing everything by herself and they band together, but it takes a long time for them to bond. So the fun starts there.”
Hugh Jackman takes us where Logan aka “The Wolverine” is in a moment when almost every connection, intimate connection he had to the world has been either destroyed or broken. Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure sets Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world, he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before. Directed by James Mangold with Mark Bomback and Christopher McQuarrie as screenwriters, “The Wolverine” also stars Svetlana Khodchenkova, Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Rila Fukushima.
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