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Saturday, August 17, 2013

LEE DANIES’ THE BUTLER Review. Important True Story

Lee Daniels' THE BUTLER Review
By: RAMA

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LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER has Oscars written all over it.. and by that I mean for production design, makeup, costume, everything that has to do with making this movie looks and feels like the eras that the lead character Cecil Gaines (Whitaker) goes through.

Whitaker himself is remarkable, sadly everybody else, or should I say every other famous faces in this movie, including Oprah Winfrey’s comeback to acting, are just along for the ride, only one or two or three of them would bear significance while the rest have little to no impact whatsoever. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great true story, just knowing that there is someone who served as a butler to eight U.S. presidents, doing that same job all those years, it’s impressive, worth admiring indeed, it’s an important story, nobody doubts that, but maybe the movie would be more influential if the focus was more on the characters rather than trying too hard to re-enact certain key historical civil right movements.


Comprising this award-winning cast are: Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Oprah Winfrey (The Color Purple), Mariah Carey (Precious), John Cusack (The Paperboy), Jane Fonda (On Golden Pond), Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Jerry Maguire), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Minka Kelly (The Roommate), Lenny Kravitz (Precious), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), James Marsden (X-Men), David Oyelowo (The Paperboy), Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike), Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus), Alan Rickman (the Harry Potter films), Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting).

Based on the screenplay by Danny Strong & Lee Daniels, The Butler is inspired by Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article about an African-American man who served as a butler (Whitaker) to eight Presidents in the White House for over thirty years. From this unique vantage point, The Butler traces the dramatic changes that swept American society, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family.


There’s a bit of Forrest Gump feel to this movie, an ordinary man going through extraordinary historical moments, but they’re not quite exactly the same because Forrest Gump encounters those moments, while Cecil Gaines just happens to work at one of the most respected buildings in the world and the moments come to him, or more like his son, Louis Gaines, desperately wants to be part of those moments, desperately wants to matter.

I really enjoy the drama where the son is embarrassed about his dad working as a butler, working for white men, as something that the son sees as demeaning to his race, and the dad wants to teach his son that his job means something, not only it puts food on the table, he gets to serve people who decide the fate of this country.


Now, that aspect of this film are its strong points. This family who find themselves at a crossroad in history, that I think is the attraction of LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER, can those two individuals come to an understanding that who they are respectively or what they’ve accomplished is not only for the good of the family but also for the good of this country somehow.

I still don’t know if bombarding it with a bunch of A-listers is a good idea ’cause in this case, it might get too distracting, not to mention the idea of Jane Fonda playing Nancy Reagan is probably something that in a million years could only happen in an alternate universe. But as I said earlier, this is an important true story, Lee Daniels may not have approached it as raw and in-your-face as he did Precious, but I suppose the involvements of A-listers in this movie proves how many actually believe in Lee Daniels’ ability to bring this story to the screen.



Are we just living in this world or can even somebody as simple as a butler make a difference?

When THE HELP hit theaters, I wonder if it’s necessary to bring this issue up again in a time like this when tolerance is becoming the in thing and racism is slowly becoming a thing of the past, but events that transpired over the last year, with Zimmerman case and the others, proved that it has not yet become a thing of the past, in fact, we could use the reminder again and again.

That said, I think if you made a movie that obviously was straight up about civil rights and anti-prejudice, I don’t know how much it would draw the audience, but if you made a movie that focused on the characters in another setting but the story has civil rights and anti-prejudice themes, subtly handled, that may be a more effective strategy instead of blatantly holding the race card up high for all to see and overhyping it with famous names.

GRADE: 3 out of 5

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Paranoia Review. The Film Doesn't Convince Us That Smartphones Are Taking Over The World.

Paranoia Review 
By: MattInRC

The slick but superficial Paranoia doesn't convince us that smartphones are taking over the world.


If you listen to futurists, our society is headed in one of two directions. The first is envisioned by Star Trek, where society will exist in peace and happiness, free from the limitations of hunger while still in control of our privacy. The other view, proposed by thrillers such as Tom Cruise's Artificial Intelligence, is that powerful interests are scheming to collect data about our lives so that it can control everything we see and hear. The corporate espionage thriller Paranoia seeks to align itself with the latter, but fails to convince us that our privacy may be in danger.


After the handsome but naive protege Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) and his team are fired from tech giant Wyatt Corp after a failed presentation, Cassidy is offered a different kind of job: work for rival Eikon and steal their newest blueprints for the next generation of smartphones. Cassidy is deep in debt, forced to care for his ailing father (Richard Dreyfuss), and making him an unwitting player in a war he cannot win. The generals here are corporations, led by the unscrupulous Nicolas Wyatt (Gary Oldman) and the elder statesman Jock Goddard (Harrison Ford), former partners whose disassociation years ago is about to enter its final phase. As Cassidy rises in the ranks at Eikon, he's tempted by the FBI to turn state's evidence, as the web of lies and murder woven by Wyatt become more apparent. Moreover, his romantic involvement with Eikon's marketing director Emma Jennings (Amber Heard) is merely an effort to steal her passcodes in order to gain entrance into an R&D vault where the smartphone is located. Plummeting down the rabbit hole and running out of options, Cassidy must find a way to save his skin before Wyatt and Goddard's high-stakes game consumes him and all that he cares for.


As good and enjoyable as it is, Paranoia could have been better. Hemsworth is totally out of his league here, both in star power and ability. He's just not ready for the kind of prime time seriousness that his brother Chris now commands. Ford and Oldman's characters play Cassidy like a fiddle throughout, and it doesn't necessarily reflect well upon the youngster Hemsworth. Heard is effective only as a snarky 'I'm waiting to be impressed' figure - her absences through entire chunks of the film are hardly noticed, and her cold demeanor (even in love scenes) never approaches boiling. Director Robert Luketic has a nice eye from slow-motion shots and pretty scenes, and he nabs two excellent actors who should have been working together sooner. Ford adds another convincing performance to his comeback tour, while Oldman does the psychotic nasty dude extremely well. Having raised them to deserved heights, you can only do so much with a flawed script, and Screenwriters Jason Dean Hall and Barry Levy steal every plot twist from previous corporate thrillers, reflecting a line from Oldman's character that, "Nothing original is left." There's a totally unnecessary 'Mea Culpa' epilogue and several critical pieces about our characters are missing, while other aspects of the plot are either never resolved or not resolved enough. Unlike this year's earlier and much better Snitch with Dwayne Johnson, Paranoia doesn't do a good enough job of empowering Cassidy with enough intelligence or gravitas to do more than simply look good on screen. The potentially memorable resolution falls flat, making us wonder if Editor Dany Cooper should also share in the blame.

Paranoia is a good rainy day thriller that never exceeds its high expectations. If society is really headed for a future where privacy is controlled by corporations and smartphones, this film doesn't quite put the pieces together to make a convincing argument. An edit here, a better job of casting there, and we might have been praising its message. Paranoia is rated PG-13 for sexuality, language, and violence and has a runtime of 106 minutes.

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Win Tickets To An Advanced Screening For YOU’RE NEXT In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening YOU’RE NEXT on Tuesday, August 20 @ 7:00 PM @ Regal Natomas in Sacramento.


YOU’RE NEXT is an upcoming 2013 American horror-thriller film directed and edited by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett. The film had its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival Midnight Madness program


One of the smartest and most terrifying films in years, YOU'RE NEXT reinvents the genre by putting a fresh twist on home-invasion horror. When a gang of masked, ax-wielding murderers descend upon the Davison family reunion, the hapless victims seem trapped...until an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of all.


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Win Tickets To An Advanced Screening For YOU’RE NEXT In Fresno

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening YOU’RE NEXT on Tuesday, August 20 @ 7:00 PM @ Manchester Stadium in Fresno.


YOU’RE NEXT is an upcoming 2013 American horror-thriller film directed and edited by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett. The film had its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival Midnight Madness program


One of the smartest and most terrifying films in years, YOU'RE NEXT reinvents the genre by putting a fresh twist on home-invasion horror. When a gang of masked, ax-wielding murderers descend upon the Davison family reunion, the hapless victims seem trapped...until an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of all.


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Win Tickets To An Advanced Screening For GETAWAY In Santa Clara

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening GETAWAY on Aug 27, 2013 @7:30 pm @ AMC Mercado 20 in Santa Clara.

GETAWAY is an upcoming American action thriller film starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez. Directed by Courtney Solomon and written by Gregg Maxwell Parker and Sean Finegan. Though originally reported to be a remake of the 1972 film The Getaway, the film is actually an original story.


Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) must get behind the wheel and follow the orders of a mysterious man (Jon Voight) to save his kidnapped wife. He is aided on his race against time by an anonymous, computer savvy girl known just as The Kid (Selena Gomez).


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Win Tickets To An Advanced Screening For GETAWAY In Fresno

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening GETAWAY on Aug 27, 2013 @7:30 pm @ Edwards Fresno Stadium 21 & Imax In Fresno.

GETAWAY is an upcoming American action thriller film starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez. Directed by Courtney Solomon and written by Gregg Maxwell Parker and Sean Finegan. Though originally reported to be a remake of the 1972 film The Getaway, the film is actually an original story.


Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) must get behind the wheel and follow the orders of a mysterious man (Jon Voight) to save his kidnapped wife. He is aided on his race against time by an anonymous, computer savvy girl known just as The Kid (Selena Gomez).


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Win Tickets To An Advanced Screening For GETAWAY In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening GETAWAY on Aug 27, 2013 @7:30 pm @ Century Stadium 14 in Sacramento.

GETAWAY is an upcoming American action thriller film starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez. Directed by Courtney Solomon and written by Gregg Maxwell Parker and Sean Finegan. Though originally reported to be a remake of the 1972 film The Getaway, the film is actually an original story.


Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) must get behind the wheel and follow the orders of a mysterious man (Jon Voight) to save his kidnapped wife. He is aided on his race against time by an anonymous, computer savvy girl known just as The Kid (Selena Gomez).


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Win Tickets To An Advanced Screening For YOU’RE NEXT In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening YOU’RE NEXT on Tuesday, August 20 @ 7:00 PM @ Century 9 SF Centre in San Francisco.


YOU’RE NEXT is an upcoming 2013 American horror-thriller film directed and edited by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett. The film had its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival Midnight Madness program


One of the smartest and most terrifying films in years, YOU'RE NEXT reinvents the genre by putting a fresh twist on home-invasion horror. When a gang of masked, ax-wielding murderers descend upon the Davison family reunion, the hapless victims seem trapped...until an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of all.


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Friday, August 16, 2013

JOBS Review. Films Falls Short In A Lot Of Ways

JOBS Review
By: RAMA

Today we have RAMA reviewing JOBS for us. Please make sure to LIKE his Facebook page and make sure to follow him on Twitter.


This film could have so much potential and I’m not going to lie, I did enjoy some moments, and my goodness, every actor featured in this film looked and probably even behaved almost exactly like the real life characters they portray, especially Ashton Kutcher. I still don’t think Ashton is a great actor but the man sure does resemble Jobs, it’s quite eerie. But JOBS falls short in a lot of ways. It’s a nice effort, you gotta give the filmmakers kudos for trying, but the film falls short.


It only takes one person to start a revolution.

The extraordinary story of Steve Jobs, the original innovator and ground-breaking entrepreneur who let nothing stand in the way of greatness. The film tells the epic and turbulent story of Jobs as he blazed a trail that changed technology — and the world – forever.

Maybe some of you have read Walter Isaacson’s book about Steve Jobs, guess what, this movie is not based on it. Maybe some of you have watched that old TV movie Pirates Of Silicon Valley, it probably is not a good idea to compare JOBS to that either. Or maybe you have just heard bits and pieces or some info here and there or what the media told you about the man, Steve Jobs, you may not know much, but you know some and knowing some is probably what got writer Matt Whiteley and director Joshua Michael Stern to making this biopic in the first place.


Therefore, ‘some’ or ‘bits and pieces’ is what this movie provides, and audiences are left unsatisfied and misinformed.

JOBS has good intentions, I’m not kiddin’, this movie is filled with one inspiring quote after another, and it gets played out way too much. I understand that the filmmakers want the audience to come out of the theaters motivated to put everything on the line to excel in their lives, but if I want a series of pep talks, I could just buy Tony Robbins’ audio books.


So the writing is weak in that sense, it bombards us with inspiring words and yet it’s afraid to explore some of the essential moments that I think could be beneficial if it had been dug deeper. So you’re left with a case of the blue balls. And I think the movie suffers from confusing itself as to which segment of Jobs’ life it wants to focus on. Like I said earlier, bits and pieces. Ya, there’s some Bill Gates Vs. Steve Jobs going on but it was just one scene. The film suggests Steve Jobs not wanting even the idea of having a child get in the way of his big dream and yet you’d eventually see him reconciling and becoming a family man without telling us how point A connects to point B. There are countless instances like that in the film that just goes to show that both Whiteley and Stern just don’t have the caliber to take on a material like this.

A story about a giant like Steve Jobs needs to be handled by filmmakers who can develop hard-hitting fierce drama, one that’s still inspiring but doesn’t necessarily have to sell itself as inspirational.
I give props to Ashton Kutcher who managed to capture the fact that Steve Jobs was indeed a major world renown a-hole but there are just too many unexplained loopholes in this film.
It doesn’t matter if you have a group of guys who look just like the real life characters they play, if the script is mediocre, and their acting are just not up to par and if their characters aren’t done justice and if all they have to say are a collection of cheesy lines.

Again, JOBS means well, it’s a decent effort, but I wouldn’t blame those who’d rather wait for the Aaron Sorkin’s version for Sony Pictures, based on Walter Isaacson’s book, because at the very least we have confidence that Sorkin knows which aspects of Steve Jobs’ life he’s going to focus on, we’ll have a clear, well-structured film then, unlike this bits and pieces that is JOBS.

GRADE: 2 out of 5

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Win Tickets To An Advanced Screening For THE WORLD'S END In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE WORLD'S END. The screening is on Thursday, August 22, 7:30pm @ Regal Arden Fair 6 in Sacramento.


The film stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, Rosamund Pike. And directed by Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”)


The third installment of director Edgar Wright’s trilogy of comedies starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, following the successes “Shaun of the Dead” (2004) and “Hot Fuzz” (2007). In “The World’s End,” 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub – The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.


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Winter's Tale To Be Released In 2014

The Akiva Goldsman-directed film, which stars Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe and Jessica Brown Findlay, will be out in theaters next year.

Warner Bros.' Winter's Tale is headed to the big screen on Feb. 14, 2014 in the U.S.

On Friday, the studio announced the release date for the drama, which stars Colin Farrell as a thief named Peter Lake who falls in love with a dying girl played by Jessica Brown Findlay. Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly also star in the film set in a mythic New York City.

The film, which marks Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman's directorial debut, will be released by Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow.

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A Divorce For The Seventh Son

The fallout from the divorce of former filmmaking sweethearts Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures continues. With Legendary already agreeing to drop future financial interest in the Man Of Steel franchise for a cut of Interstellar’s action, the two companies have now parted ways over Jeff Bridges adventure The Seventh Son.

Legendary originally financed the fantasy film, which sees Bridges as a warrior wizard who's training Ben Barnes to fight witches. It’s already been plagued with delays, including issues in completing the effects in time for the release date.



Up until last month, Warners was still planning to release the film, having brought Bridges, Barnes, Antje Traue, Kit Harington and director Sergei Bodrov to the San Diego Comic-Con to promote the movie.

Still, the situation is not completely hopeless: Legendary has made a new pact with Universal, so it will take over responsibility for finding the movie a new birth. At least, everyone involved will hope it finds a new home…

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Win Tickets To An Advanced Screening For THE GRANDMASTER In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening THE GRANDMASTER on Monday, August 19, 2013 @ 7:00PM @ AMC Metreon in San Franscisco.


Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar Wai, THE GRANDMASTER is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man. The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China’s last dynasty, a time of chaos, division and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts. Filmed in a range of stunning locations that include the snow-swept landscapes of Northeast China and the subtropical South, THE GRANDMASTER features virtuoso performances by some of the greatest stars of contemporary Asian cinema, including Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang.


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Kick-Ass 2 Review. How Does The Film Fare Against More Polished Superhero Flicks

Kick-Ass 2 Review
By: MattInRC

The wild Kick-Ass 2 delivers all the fun and gore of the first, even if it betrays some of its morals.


Comic book movies have followed a parallel path with the Sci-Fi & Action genres ever since Bryan Singer's X-Men: due to the nature of the characters, it's perfectly acceptable to display implausible violence. Whether it's watching an entire city leveled or some fantastic move by a superhuman or mutant, we've been willing to play along. But when a comic book film proposes that it's better than that - and then proceeds to display the same sort of images - casual fans might have a hard time distinguishing between it and the litany of films which occupy Summer theaters. This is where Kick-Ass 2 finds itself, a totally enjoyable experience even if it's exactly opposite of what it wants to be.


The world of real-life crime fighting has weighed heavily on our titular hero (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz), who lost her father Big Daddy at the end of the first flick. In his place, dozens of new crime fighters have arrived including Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), who recruits Kick-Ass into his Justice Forever team. However, Hit Girl won't have any of it, as she's made a promise to her adopted father (Morris Chestnut) not to don the mask again. Instead, it's time to take on the real life challenges of growing up under her real name Mindy Mcready, while Kick-Ass trains with Justice Forever, hoping to upstage the feisty 11-year-old. Soon, JF is busting prostitution rings and celebrating in an elaborate hideout, while a vengeful group of girls embarrass Mindy, forcing a gross if not hilarious reply. Unknown to all of them is the rise of the first class enemy Chris D'Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), the spoiled rich kid from Kick-Ass who originally called himself Red Mist. He's been reborn as "The Motherf***er" and hires every manner of thug to kill Kick-Ass and his team. As tragedy befalls JF, Kick-Ass and the survivors must battle Mother and his team (known as the Toxic Mega C**ts) before they can launch their terrorist assault on New York City.


The directorial torch has been passed on to Jeff Wadlow, who also wrote the script, which is filled with both hilarious satire and insanely bloody and sexual inappropriateness. There's bondage themes, a suggestion of rape, and even some of the names of Mother's team (Mother Russia, Genghis Carnage) are outrageously racial. If that's your thing - as it seems to be ours - then you'll love it. Moretz gets better as the snarky and ultra-violent Hit Girl, who's out of her element for a majority of the film; Moretz deals some serious pain near the end, as she and Mother Russia go head to head. Johnson also has a chance to show off his growth and physique, maturing right in front of us to the surprise of the suddenly fertile Hit Girl. Her realization of maturity is one the film's funniest scenes. However, Johnson's reactions to events surrounding him are not as memorable, and Wadlow the writer doesn't offer up a good enough replacement for Big Daddy, even though Carrey's Stars and Stripes is enjoyable. Kick-Ass 2 sells itself as a deeper film, but also one that at times refuses to take itself too seriously. That's where newbies and casual fans might find a problem, for as the film suggests several times, this is supposed to be real people fighting crime, not demigods or mechanically-improved scientists duking it out. Yet, critics are correct to point out the improbable violence that makes up many scenes here, somehow imploding on its own established universe. Whether moviegoers will accept this paradox by lining up to see it is perhaps the bigger story to watch.

Kick-Ass 2 might betray some of itself to sell the sizzle, but the final product is worth watching. As I did, you're best to watch the first one and then suspend reality before you enter the theater. If you don't, it might be difficult to distinguish it from bigger, badder, and mostly better-polished superhero films it swore to exceed. Kick-Ass 2 is rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, crude and sexual content, and brief nudity, and has a runtime of 103 minutes.

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Vin Diesel Joins Soldiers Of The Sun

As he continues to dance just to the other side of official announcements about voicing a role on Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vin Diesel clearly plans to keep sci-fi in his future. He’ll next be on our screens in Riddick and has just attached himself to Arash Amel’s script Soldiers Of The Sun.

Amel, who wrote upcoming Nicole Kidman film Grace Of Monaco, here tackles a very different subject, one that couldn’t be further away from a Grace Kelly biopic. Soldiers is set in a post-apocalyptic future where a squad of troopers is battling aliens who have taken over Mexico and, presumably other places on Earth.

As they serve out their tour of duty, the soldiers catch wind of a fabled city of gold that the extra-terrestrials, known as Orcs, are occupying. So begins a battle to liberate the place and its riches. Universal has nabbed the rights to this one, which Vin Diesel will producer alongside Lorenzo di Bonaventura. The studio is looking to find another ensemble film that could kick off a fresh Fast & Furious-level franchise for the actor. And hey! The last major franchise to star lots of orcs did well, so they might be on to something.

Vin will next shoot Fast 7 with James Wan at the wheel, and is then set to make The Last Witch Hunter for Summit. Soldiers Of The Sun will develop in the background and needs to lock down a director before it can get before cameras.

Riddick will land on our shores on September 4.

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