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Opening Today: “47 Ronin” (12/25/2013)

In keeping with the broadcasting of the Super-hero, Science Fiction, Action and Animated features that we know our readership will take to I’m announcing this Christmas Day film opening “47 Ronin”. I’ll admit I was unclear on what it was but the commercial sure looked fun so here we are.

Poster - 47 Ronin - 2013

Copying directly from the film’s Wiki entry it appears that “47 Ronin is a 2013 American fantasy action film depicting a fictional account of the forty-seven Ronin, a real-life group of samurai in 18th-century Japan who avenge the murder of their master (stories, plays and other dramatic performances of the 47 Ronin story are commonly referred to as Chushingura in Japan). Being produced by Universal Studios, the film is directed by Carl Erik Rinsch. The main cast (listed below) will be joined by an ensemble of other Japanese actors. The outcast Kai joins a group of ronin, led by Kuranosuke Oishi, who seeks vengeance on Lord Kira for killing their master and banishing the group. The Ronin embark on a journey with challenges that would defeat most warriors.”

Cast
Keanu Reeves as Kai. (the character was created for the film)
Tadanobu Asano as Lord Kira, the Shogun’s master of ceremonies
Rinko Kikuchi as Mizuki, a lady who serves Lord Kira
Hiroyuki Sanada as Kuranosuke Oishi, the leader of the Ronin
Kou Shibasaki as Mika, the slain master’s daughter and Kai’s love interest
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as the Shogun
Jin Akanishi as Chikara Oishi, Kuranosuke’s son
Rick Genest as Savage

Will you be checking out this film after opening your presents (that is if you are someone who celebrates this particular holiday).

Opening Today: “Riddick” (9/6/2013)

For the fans who have missed the live action adventures of Vin Diesel as the anti-hero Riddick, today the third film featuring the character opens up and is simply entitled “Riddick”. The film is Produced by Vin Diesel (who stars as the title character) and its been written and directed by David Twohy, who did the first two installments, Pitch Black (2000) and The Chronicles of Riddick (2004).

Poster - Riddick - 2013

Having only seen the first film of the series and not the second nor the animated feature I cannot really speak to much about where this takes us. According to what I have read it takes place several years after where fans last saw him. Does this interest you as a fan? I will admit that I am intrigued since I saw the trailer and thought it looked pretty good. Of course they always seem to show the best parts in those trailers.
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Opening Today: “Kick Ass 2” (8/16/2013)

kick-ass 2 movie logo

What time is it you say? Well, its time to “Kick Ass” once again…..

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Today is the day that the sequel to the superhero action adventure “Kick Ass” comes out and I am pretty excited since I really enjoyed the first film. Oddly enough it bypassed me when it was initially released and I had to catch it on Netflix but trust me, its a fun ride for any fans of superhero films. For those unaware of the plot line, the world of Kick Ass is a normal place where real life people are taking up the mantle of serving the greater good by becoming super heroes. As we learned in the first film, some of these heroes are better at the task and some not so much and as you might expect, where heroes tend to wander so do the wanna be super villains. Who will come out on top in the second chapter of this brought to life universe? Only seeing the film will help you learn those answers.
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Opening Today: “Battleship” (4/8/2012)

For this who are interested, today is the opening day for the new Science Fiction film entitled “Battleship”. As you might have guessed it is loosely based on the board game of the same name.

Poster - Battleship - 2012

Now I am not too sure on how one actually gets a film out of a game like Battleship but having seen the trailer it does look interesting and pits our armed forces against an alien threat. I will not likely catch this in the theaters myself since I am anxiously preparing for the release of “Marvel’s The Avengers” which opens next month. What are your thoughts about this film or its premise? Will you see it on the big screen or wait until Netflix or some other means of viewing?

The Cast:
Taylor Kitsch as Lieutenant/Lieutenant Commander Alex Hopper
Alexander Skarsgård as Commander Stone Hopper
Rihanna as Gunner’s Mate Second Class (GM2) Cora Raikes
Brooklyn Decker as Samantha “Sam” Shane
Tadanobu Asano as Captain Nagaa
Hamish Linklater as Cal Zapata
Liam Neeson as Admiral Terrance Shane, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet
Peter MacNicol as the U.S. Secretary of Defense.
John Tui as Chief Petty Officer Walter “Beast” Lynch
Gregory D. Gadson as Lieutenant Colonel Mick Canales
Adam Godley as Dr. Nogrady
Jesse Plemons as Jimmy “Ordy” Ord
Joji Yoshida as Chief Engineer Hiroki