The LEGO Ninjago Movie featuring Dave Franco and Jackie Chan hits Blu-ray and DVD December 19 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.During its release the feature amassed nearly $120 million worldwide at the box office.
The narrative centers on Lloyd (Franco), a high school student who moonlights as night as a secret ninja warrior (a green one to be exact). Mentored by Master Wu (Chan), Lloyd and his fellow ninjas aim to defeat the evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux) who also happens to be Lloyd’s father!
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Special features on the Blu-ray include numerous featurettes (“Team Supreme: Building Ninjago,” “Rumble in the Bricks,” “Rebrick Contest Winners”), two mini-movies (“Which Way to the Ocean,” “Zane’s Stand Up Promo,” “The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short”), several music videos, a LEGO Ninjago TV series sneak peak, several music videos, and deleted scenes. The DVD versions comes with deleted scenes and the TV series sneak peek.
Jackie Chan is mainly known stateside for his action comedies, as the Rush Hour franchise, though successful, has placed him in a rather narrow box. Chan’s dramatic abilities are on full display with The Foreigner, a movie about a London restaurant owner (Chan) whose teenage daughter is killed in a terrorist bombing. Directed by Martin Campbell, the gritty filmmaking known for such first rate works as Casino Royale and Edge of Darkness (and unfortunately Green Lantern), the film has received great word of mouth. Pierce Brosnan, who previously worked with Campbell in the James Bond flick GoldenEye, co-stars in the feature.
“He wanted the action to be more serious,” said Chan about his collaboration with Campbell. “It’s not too fancy and it’s more real. It’s not like some other action comedy. It’s heavy and tough action. At the same time I told Martin, ‘yes I’ll do that but not too violent.’ I don’t really like violent things.”
Click on the media bar to hear Jackie Chan explain why he wants audiences to see a different version of his acting style with The Foreigner.
There are several reasons why The Foreigner may be more than just an action film. For one, the pairing of Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan should have been done many years ago, and kudos to The Foreigner for bringing the two together. Another huge reason is it’s directed by Martin Campbell, a filmmaker whose highlights include The Mask of Zorro, GoldenEye (with Brosnan as Bond!), Casino Royale, and the underrated Mel Gibson flick Edge of Darkness.
The story centers on a London based businessman named Quan (Chan) who loses his teenage daughter in a terrorist act. Quan believes a British government official (Brosnan) holds the identities of the criminals, and our hero goes on a bloody mission of vengeance!!
Though few actors can balance comedy and action as well as Chan, it’s great whenever he takes on a purely dramatic role. The trailer suggests there won’t be a ton of Chan one-liners in this one, and Campbell’s work is usually as dark and somber as they come (unless you count the misfire known as Green Lantern). The Foreigner is one movie we’re definitely checking out when it hits theaters on October 13. Leave us a comment below and tell us what you think of the trailer!!
The Martin Scorsese-directed film The Irishman will start production in August. According to IndieWire, the film stars Robert DeNiro in the titular role as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a mob hitman who was supposedly involved in the death of Jimmy Hoffa. The all-star cast includes Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Bobby Cannavale and Harvey Keitel.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal are in talks to star in Rio. Variety reports that the movie centers on a financial reporter (Gyllenhaal), who travels to Rio de Janeiro to visit his wealthy friend (Cumberbatch), only to get sucked into a plot to fake his friend’s death.
Action superstars unite! Though he bowed out of more Expendables movies, Sylvester Stallone is set to star opposite another longtime action star – Jackie Chan – in the new movie Ex-Baghdad. Deadline reports that the film centers on a private security contractor (Chan) who is called in to extract the workers of an oil refinery that has been attacked in Iraq. When he discovers the true goal of the attackers, he’s forced to team up with a former American marine (Stallone) to stop them.
Edge of Tomorrow will reportedly get a sequel, but according to Doug Liman, it is a bit of a prequel. Speaking with Collider, Liman revealed that the current title is Edge of Tomorro: Live Die Repeat and Repeat. According to the director, both Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are excited about the movie, but at present scheduling remains the hold up.
Acclaimed director Steve McQueen has signed on to direct a full-length feature documentary on the life of hip hop icon and recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Tupac Shakur. “I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist. I attended NYU film school in 1993 and can remember the unfolding hip-hop world and mine overlapping with Tupac’s through a mutual friend in a small way. Few, if any shined brighter than Tupac Shakur. I look forward to working closely with his family to tell the unvarnished story of this talented man,” stated McQueen about the project.
Julia Roberts will star in and produce The Bookseller, based on Cynthia Swanson’s debut novel of the same name. The film centers on an unmarried woman in the ’60s who runs a bookstore with her best friend who dreams of being a mother and wife and must reconcile her daily life with her dreams.
Johnny Depp has signed on for the dramedy Richard Says Goodbye. Wayne Roberts is writing and directing the film, which sees Depp in the titular role as a world-weary college professor who decides to live life as freely as possible after receiving a life-changing diagnosis.
Cliff Curtis, currently seen in Fear the Walking Dead, has reportedly landed a key role in all four of the new Avatar sequels. Curtis will play Tonowari, the leader of the Metkavina, a clan of reef people. The first of the four Avatar sequels is expected to arrive on Dec. 18, 2020.
Liam Neeson has signed on to star in Retribution, the remake of the Spanish thriller El Desconocido. According to Deadline, the film follows a successful Wall Street exec who discovers on his way to work that a bomb has been planted on his car by an unknown assailant. He is tasked with performing a series of orders or else the bomb will be detonated, and making his decisions more difficult is the fact that his family is in the car with him.
According to Deadline, Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgard have joined the cast of The Hummingbird Project. The film centers on a pair of cousins from New York who enter a high stakes game of High Frequency Trading, pushing themselves to the brink to build a fiber-optic cable between Kanas and New Jersey that will net them millions, while their former boss attempts to thwart their progress.
Walton Goggins has joined the cast for the third installment in the Maze Runner series. In Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Goggins co-stars as Lawrence, a danger character who is part-revolutionary, part-anarchist who is a voice for the voiceless people. The film finds Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) embarking on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease. Look for Maze Runner: The Death Cure on the big screen Feb. 9, 2018.
Margot Robbie remains one of the most active actresses in Hollywood, signing on to star in and produce the thriller Dreamland. The movie centers on a 15-year-old youth during the Dust Bowl era who decides to try to save his family’s farm by hunting a fugitive bank robber (Robbie) and collecting the bounty on her head.
Jeff Bridges and Diane Lane have signed on to star in an untitled film from director Reed Moreno and penned by The Kids Are All Right‘s Stuart Blumberg. The movie centers on an obsesses violinist (Bridges) who is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and is forced to move back in with his estranged wife (Lane) during his treatment. But during the process, he experiences profound change which allows him to connect with people and music in unexpected ways.
Jack O’Connell, Chloe Grace Moretz and Josh Gad have come on board the new film Party of the Century. Deadline reports that the film is based around the events at Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball.
Channing Tatum, Gina Rodriguez and Zendaya have landed voice roles in Smallfoot, a new animated feature due in 2018. The Tracking Board reports that the movie centers on a Yeti who believes that humans really do exist.
Tim Blake Nelson will play the lead role in the new film The True Don Quixote. Deadline reports that the indie film just started shooting in New Orleans and follows the story of a lonely man who goes made and embarks on a quest for love, valor and glory in the neighborhood around his house.
Alfre Woodard has joined the cast of the indie film Saint Judy, which centers on a landmark immigration case that affected how women are treated around the world. The film also stars Alfred Molina and Michelle Monaghan.
Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison and Lewis Pullman have all joined the cast for The Strangers 2. In this Johannes Roberts-directed sequel of sorts, a family road trip takes a turn when their vehicle breaks down at a secluded mobile home park and three masked assailants are ready to pay them a visit.
With Dr. Ken getting canceled, Ken Jeong is returning to the big screen. The actor has joined the cast of the comedy Crazy Rich Asians, which follows a native New Yorker (Constance Wu) as joins her boyfriend (Henry Golding) at his best friend’s wedding in Singapore.
There is no denying the star power and craftsmanship behind Jackie Chan. The energy and passion to entertain is still evident with his work in Railroad Tigers, and if you’re a Chan aficionado then this movie is must see viewing. Casual fans, however, may have a different take on the matter.
Ma Yuan (Chan) is a railroad worker who, along with his fellow freedom fighters, is not too fond of Japan’s occupation of China. After Ma saves the life of a Chinese soldier, he discovers that a train carrying a ton of munitions will only fortify the Japanese stranglehold on the area. Ma conducts a plan to blow up a bridge, using the Japanese’s own explosives, to stop this delivery. Not only is this operation a suicide mission, but it’s also an impossible mission to pull off.
Although the plot behind Railroad Tigers is intriguing, director Ding Sheng’s attempts to inject broad humor and drama simply doesn’t work. One would think a 125 minute running time would give Sheng ample time to develop the characters involved in the mission, but the actors were each given paper thin roles.
Railroad Tigers’ action sequences are another reason to give this movie a shot. A sequence which has Ma and another worker (Jackie’s son Jaycee Chan) attempting to steal explosives under the nose of Japanese soldiers, is perfectly executed. The climactic sequence, though it features moments of unconvincing CGI, is also well done. During these scenes, when Chan’s comedic and action skills take center stage, Railroad Tigers crackles with life.
It’s the uninspired storytelling behind Railroad Tigers that is the film’s undoing. If you need to see every film Jackie Chan has ever done, then this film is definitely on your check list. Unfortunately, Railroad Tigers travels down an uneven track leading to a rather forgettable destination (even the final cameo, featuring Andy Lau, is pretty pointless).