Will Smith

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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
I only have two major complaints about this trailer. 1.) It doesn't sound like Harley has that Long Island accent that is such a staple of her character 2.) We have Killer Croc instead of King Shark Aside from that, everythin...

Review: Focus

Feb 27 // Jackson Tyler
[embed]219045:42250:0[/embed] FocusDirectors: Glenn Ficarra and John RequaRated: RRelease Date: February 27, 2015 The movie begins with Jess Barrett (Margot Robbie) attempting to pull an amateur con on Nicky Spurgeon (Smith), which he sees through instantly. After the requisite amount of flirting, she moves onto step two of Standard Con Movie Plot #3, begging to be let in on the con Nicky's running despite her relative inexperience. The film proceeds along all the expected beats, but whilst most films commit to the formula, Focus cares so little about its plot that about twenty minutes into the movie, it almost gives up on having one entirely. That sounds like a damning criticism, but it's ultimately wise move, as the movie is far more interested in simply letting characters banter back and forth, allowing the actual con part of the movie to drift into the background. Margot Robbie plays her part with aplomb, subtly mixing the fake naivete of a femme fatal she wants to be with the legitimate naivete of the young woman she is. The movie's at its best when she shares the screen with Adrian Martinez - the gross but endearing one of Nicky's crew - in conversations that are frequently laugh out loud hilarious. Surprisingly, the weak link here is Smith. He’s unusually reserved, playing his usual charm as low as he possibly can, attempting to dig into the conflict at the heart of his character, but sometimes seeming like he's the only person on set who isn't having any fun. He isn't bad by any means, keeping up his side of the bargain as it comes to comedy (at one point he needs to convince a crowd he's a disgruntled worker, so he punches a guy and yells "I am such a disgruntled worker!"), but otherwise refusing the audience a way in to caring about his character. It doesn't derail the movie, but you go to Smith because he's one of a few people who can sell a film on charisma alone, and it's more than a little surprising that he lets his foot off the gas, in a con movie of all places. It is that comedic edge that thankfully saves the movie. Smith and Robbie have chemistry, but it's all but impossible to root for their romance as a tragic tale of liars trapped in love and lovers trapped in lies. What is thoroughly possible to root for, is the possibility of another scene of the two bickering, comparing their pick pocketing technique, or just trying to make each other laugh. Focus is, to me, a testament to the cinematic strength of a good conversation. If the camera is pointed at good actors bouncing off one another, then nothing more is needed to have a good time. And luckily, despite the near-irrelevant plot, and despite one of Smith's weaker leading turns, a good time is not hard to be had. Focus is a fun con movie. Nothing less, and nothing more, it is content to be a mid-tier genre movie for adults in a way that is unfortunately going out of style. It's a movie that's confident in its restraint, knowing what it does well, and not overstepping its boundaries. It's never going to set the world on fire and it's not going to convert newcomers to the genre, but for those of us who have been hurting for a good con flick, Focus is here to brighten the day.
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Die With The Lie
I love a good con movie. From The Sting to Ocean’s Eleven to Catch Me If You Can, the genre is as formulaic as it is entertaining. The secret to its success is a combination of familiar warmth and detached unpredictab...

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Focus Trailer

Trailer and posters for Focus starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie


Dec 23
// Nick Valdez
Before we find out if they'll work well together in DC's Suicide Squad, we're getting a taste of Will Smith and Margot Robbie's chemistry in Focus. Starring Will Smith as a former grifter, and Margot Robbie as a current grif...

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Suicide Squad

WB's Suicide Squad movie reveals full cast, includes Will Smith and Jared Leto


Dec 03
// Nick Valdez
While Warner Bros and DC throw all of their muscle behind Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, David Ayer's Suicide Squad (the story of a team of villains who're being forced to work for the government) could be the...
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Martin Lawrence announces Bad Boys 3


No, for real this time, guys.
Aug 14
// Matthew Razak
We know. Bad Boys 3 is coming, right? We've been wondering where the hell it is forever, and so has Martin Lawrence, because he doesn't get to start in any other movies. According to him they are officially going to let...
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There are two scripts for Independence Day 2


One is jiggy with it, the other is not
Oct 24
// Matthew Razak
Will Smith has been all over the place in terms of Independence Day 2 (officially titled ID Forever Part 1). He wasn't returning and then he was in talks and then he wasn't again. It's all a bit confusing as it's unclear why ...
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New Willenium?

Could Will Smith get jiggy wit Independence Day sequel?


Big Willie Style returning to Earf?
Sep 09
// Nick Valdez
Consider this bit of news with the heaviest, heart attack causing salt as this is merely Roland Emmerich mentioning some things. According to an interview with Digital Spy, Roland Emmerich said he and Big Willie Style are "ba...
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Men in Black 4

Will Smith not jiggy with Men in Black 4 yet


Will Smith: "Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah nah nah."
Jun 04
// Nick Valdez
We may not have covered this when first announced, but Sony is producing a Men in Black 4 because money. It's going to be written by Oren Uziel and would have presumably starred Will Smith since he's agreed to three of t...

Review: After Earth

May 31 // Matthew Razak
[embed]215769:40168:0[/embed] After EarthDirector: M. Night ShymalanRated: PG-13Release Date: May 31, 2013  One of the worst sins of science fiction is when it puts style before substance. What makes great science fiction is when there's actually science involved, when you can understand the why and how even when everything is pretty fictitious. After Earth is all style and no substance, which makes for bad science fiction. What else makes for bad science fiction? Plot holes the size of trucks. (Ed.: There are so many plot holes in this film that I'll be inserting snide remarks into the next few paragraph.) After Earth takes place 1,000 years in a future where mankind has left Earth after destroying it to settle on another planet. Unfortunately, there are some aliens that want to kill us as well (It's unclear why because why explain things). In order to kill us, they create blind monsters that sense our pheromones (instead of creating guns that shoot us or massive bombs that blow us up or, you know, monsters that can see). Thus the monsters can literally smell our fear (yes, that's an actual line from the movie). In order to defeat these monsters, soldiers learn how to ghost, which basically means to have no fear and thusly not secrete pheromones (nope, not true or possible).  Cypher Raige (Will Smith) is one of the best ghosters and soldiers humanity has, but he's a distant father because he's trained himself not to feel (don't worry, they spell out every emotion in dialogue just in case you can't pick up on the obvious). Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) is his son who is afraid of things and thusly can't live up to his father's expectations. The two take a trip in order to bond, and during the transportation, they are forced to crash land on Earth, which is now a jungle (and for some reason, despite being a plentiful paradise, completely restricted to humans). During the crash, the ship splits in half and Cypher is injured (I'm not even going to go into how randomly dumb the ship design is). It is then up to Kitai to get from one part of the space ship to the other to set off a distress signal (because, despite the computers on the ship working, distress signals need to be sent by some weird handheld device). Also, one of those pheromone smelling aliens was on the ship they were on and survived the crash (you're kind of not supposed to know that, but you do). And so our long journey begins with only Will and Jaden Smith to keep us company. Earth has (de)evolved a bit, there are lots of killer animals, and it freezes every night except at certain warm spots that Kitai must get to before night fall. He's also only armed with this cool tube thing that shoots out whatever kind of blades he wants (because in the future killing things with guns is too damn easy). Basically, we've got a videogame as Kitai must also inhale some weird medicine every so often like a a life potion so he can breathe on Earth. This would actually all be fine if the film's premise wasn't set up in ten seconds and the dialogue so blatant, it almost sounds like an instruction manual to Science Fiction 101.  In fairness, once the film is only Will and Jaden and the majority of the exposition stops, it can actually be enjoyable. Both are competent actors, and while people may have issues with Will's almost emotionless performance (he's damn near a Vulcan), it had a certain subtlety that was surprising. Jaden is also a strong enough actor to carry the role, though someone decided everyone should speak in weird future accents that ruin a lot of his performance just from being annoying. His character is also forced to jump through the most plot holes and eventually many of his decisions make little sense. But we've come this far and haven't said a single word about Shymalan's direction. It is not awful. Evidently, he learned a few things from completely bungling the action in The Last Airbender, and this time kept things simple and competent. There's still plenty of his flair going around with some awkward shots (some work, others don't), but he shows that he's not completely incompetent at making movies. We can all agree that's a step up from a few of his previous entries. While the film definitely has some structuring issues both in story and pacing, he doesn't bungle it so badly that you absolutely hate it to death. This is far from a good movie, but there was definitely something there to enjoy. The relationship between Will and Jaden could have been executed better, but it also wasn't terrible. It's easy to get sucked into the action, even if a lot of it makes no sense and never builds to its full potential. There are obviously a lot (and I mean a lot) of missed opportunities with this movie, but it is not completely unwatchable. Not really high praise, but you have to give it credit; it could have been worse.
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Off on the road to redemption?
It hasn't been so easy for M. Night Shyamalan since entering Hollywood. There is, of course, the infamous graph showing his downward spiral to horribleness via Rotten Tomato ratings. If the trend in that graph continued,...

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The Wild Bunch remake

Will Smith to star and produce The Wild Bunch remake


WE GOIN' STRAIIIIIGHT TO THE WIIIIILD WILD WEST, WE GOIN STRAIIIIIIIIGHT TO THE WIIIIIIIILD WILD WEST
May 15
// Nick Valdez
After turning down Django Unchained because he felt his character wouldn't be the hero, Will Smith now sets his eyes on another violent Western. This time it's a remake of The Wild Bunch, a film about a group of men who ...
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See After Earth early and free


Washington DC screening
May 14
// Matthew Razak
Probably the biggest question of the summer season is m. Night Shyamalan's After Earth. The director has been on the skids since his debut film, and if The Last Airbender is any indication he can't even handle other people's ...
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Benjamin Stackz

Jamie Foxx in talks for Benjamin Stacks in Annie reboot


"Wanna be ballers, shot-callers, It's all about the Benjamins baby, Brawlers who be dippin in the Benz wit the spoilers"
May 01
// Nick Valdez
Now that Will Smith and Jay Z's Annie hip-hopera reboot (I will never stop calling it that, ever) is no longer a vehicle for Willow Smith's hair whipping and instead will star the impressively talented Quvenzhané ...
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F**K YEAH

F**K YEAH WILL SMITH AGREES WITH ME


Will Smith passed on Django Unchained because he felt it wasn't the "lead" role
Mar 25
// Nick Valdez
A few weeks after Django Unchained released, I wrote an analysis piece explaining why Django wasn't the hero of DU as the greater thematic resonance of the film focused on Dr. King Schultz. In speaking with EW recently, Will ...
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Trailer: After Earth


Welcome to After Earf
Mar 08
// Nick Valdez
Part of me wants to make fun of this trailer because of Will and Jaden Smith's nonsensical indiscriminate accents, weird looking CG, and that it's an M. Night Shawarma flick, but for some reason, most of me is intrigued by A...
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New poster for M. Night Shyamalan's After Earth


Are we really giving this guy another chance?
Dec 28
// Thor Latham
If there's anyone out there who's actually giving this guy another shot, here's a new poster for M. Night Shyamalan's sci-fi feature After Earth, starring Will and Jaden Smith as a father and son who crash to Earth and m...
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Trailer: After Earth


The Smith Dynasty continues
Dec 10
// Thor Latham
I don't even know where to start with a movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The fact that he's still even making movies is kind of mind boggling. Could this be his redemption? Eh, probably not. The trailer seems interestin...
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Independence Day not being re-released in 3D after all


Grounded
Nov 21
// Xander Markham
With sequels reportedly on the way, Fox has surprisingly opted to shelve a 3D re-release of 1996 alien invasion blockbuster Independence Day, which had been set for release on July 3rd 2013. No word has been given on any reas...
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Independence Day is getting sequels and they have names


and those names are stupid and I hate everything and I don't want to live on this planet anymore
Sep 12
// Sean Walsh
Apparently next Independence Day, we'll be getting a 3D version of the classic Will Smith sci-fi masterpiece/celebration of our nation vehicle Independence Day, something that director Roland Emmerich is not a fan off. Also, ...
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Will Smith starring as Cain the vampire slayer


Sep 04
// Thor Latham
Leave it to Hollywood to fill the void of originality with completely off the wall, bats**t craziness. Will Smith is apparently going to star in a film that retells the Biblical story of Cain and Abel...except with vampires. ...
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Will Smith's 'Annie' hip-hopera gets '27 Dresses' writer


Jul 27
// Nick Valdez
When we last reported on rumors for Will Smith and Jay Z's Annie reboot, all we knew back then was that it was primarily being used as a vehicle for Smith's impressively talented daughter, Willow (Doe...
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21 Jump Street and Men in Black sequels in the works


Jul 19
// Nick Valdez
Doug Belgrad, a big wig at Columbia pictures, stated in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that a sequel for the awesome 21 Jump Street will start filming this fall with Jonah Hill and Michael Bacall coming back to writ...
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Movie Debate to the Death! Favorite Will Smith film role?


Jul 03
// Tom Fronczak
In the previous debate we all discussed what our favorite Jeff Goldblum roles are, and it's fitting that on the eve of Independence Day we're finding out who won. Here are the results:      Seth Brun...

Review: Men in Black III

May 25 // Matthew Razak
[embed]210431:38318[/embed] Men in Black IIIDirector: Barry SonnenfeldRelease Date: 5/25/2012Rated: PG-13 It’s not really a challenge to be better than Men in Black II. That movie took two great actors, a great premise and aliens and made them feel boring even though it was only about 90 minutes long. Thankfully once something is a franchise it usually gets another chance and MiB is definitely a money making franchise. So it is that eight years after the second film we get a third one. The long gap in time has thankfully washed away most of the bitterness from the second movie, and the filmmakers have concocted a story that smartly moves the aging Tommy Lee Jones into more of a supporting role. This is the Men in Black we enjoyed in the first film, just not quite as good. The third film picks up eight years after the second and finds Agent J (Will Smith) and Agent K (Jones) still working together to save the earth from evil aliens. We’re also introduced to Agent O (Emma Thompason) who has taken over for the now departed Zed. Jones is quickly dispatched from the film as a dangerous prisoner he captured, Boris The Animal (Jemaine Clement looking nothing like Jemaine Clement) escapes from prisons, travels back in time and kills Agent K at the moment he was supposed to kill him. This wipes K from history (though little else changes) and the only person who can remember him is J. Thanks to a few hints the MiB figure out that history has been changed and J is sent back to rescue K. Back in the 1950s J meets younger K (Josh Brolin) and the two team up to kill Boris and save K. Probably the biggest treat of the film, aside from the fantastic retro alien work that briefly appears, is Brolin’s spot on Tommy Lee Jones. He and Smith banter pretty much effortlessly and indeed the interactions between them are better than the ones between Jones and Smith. It’s J and K’s dichotomy that made the first movie work so well, and thanks to Brolin that chemistry is back in this film. It also helps that the producers wisely made it excusable for Smith to act like a rookie again thanks to the fact that he is in the past. A lot of the humor and charm that came out of the first movie was from Smith’s antics as he got acclimated to dealing with aliens. Sadly, Brolin's K is more of a parody than a character in and of himself for most of his time on screen. While the film does eventually open him up, it's unfortunate that he didn't get a bit more time to show off. Boris, who is definitely one of the more creatively designed aliens, does get some good screen time, but despite the film's best attempts never becomes as menacing as they want him to be. It's also unfortunate that the time travel angle was clearly not planned for as contradictions and holes appear between this film and the previous ones. This is especially true for Agent O, who suddenly appears in this film as an important character throughout the history of the MiB and yet was never once mentioned in the previous movies. All this said, it's really the Will Smith show for most of the film, and I really don't see why that's a problem. As stated before, the return of the befuddled, yet arrogant Agent J really plays into Smith's abilities. This is the load mouth, quick talking Smith that we all fell in love with back in the 90s and it's nice to see him back in action after less brash roles since the last MiB. He hasn't lost much of a step either as he's still able to dole out slapstick as well as his one-liners. One of the best parts about the franchise is simply watching Smith get smacked around by different aliens and in that regard MiB III delivers in spades. The most important thing is that Men in Black III is actually fun. Unlike its turgid predecessor this film is actually enjoyable to watch because it actually looks like a film people wanted to be involved in. i don't know if the franchise should continue in movie form (MiB the TV show, anyone?) based solely on this outing and the rapidly increasing age of the stars, but if this is the end it's not the worst way to go out.
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The actual review for Men in Black III follows, but I just wanted to get something off my chest. I am severely disappointed that Will Smith did not make a new rap song for this movie. While the Pitbull single is a catchy remi...

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New MIB3 poster elicits euphoric giggling


Apr 30
// Jason Savior
While the Men in Black franchise is fairly whimsical in its own right, I am unsure of whether this poster is having its intended effect on me, as I cannot look at it without tittering like a girl. Featuring Will Smith riding ...
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Men In Black 3 concludes trilogy *sound of snoring*


Apr 20
// Xander Markham
Director Barry Sonnenfeld has claimed his upcoming Men In Black III will conclude the trilogy of movies that blatantly was never intended to be a trilogy until some studio head decided he wanted to wring every last dime from ...
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Will Smith out, Pitbull in for Men in Black 3 theme


Mar 23
// Sean Walsh
So, Will Smith, star of the Men in Black franchise will not be contributing the theme song this time 'round. Instead, it will go to Pitbull. This has broken my heart. I've said on numerous occasions that the part I was m...
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There are more I Am Legend movies coming for some reason


Feb 17
// Alex Katz
I really loved the first half of I Am Legend. Will Smith gave a command performance as the lonely last man in Manhattan, the visuals of a city overgrown with vegetation were awesome, and there was just enough intelligence to ...
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Will Smith and Russell Crowe join Winter's Tale


Feb 02
// Xander Markham
Akiva Goldsman has long struggled to secure financing for his directorial debut, Winter's Tale, which is surprising considering it is a magic-themed gangster story (adapted from a 1983 novel by Mark Helprin) from the man who ...
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Isabelle Fuhrmann joins Will Smith on After Earth


Jan 12
// Xander Markham
Fresh off The Hunger Games, fourteen year old actress Isabella Fuhrman has signed up to star alongside Will Smith and his bioengineered-for-success son Jaden on After Earth, a sci-fi set in a post-apocalyptic future where the...
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First Look: Jemaine Clement in Men in Black 3


Jan 04
// Jamie R Stone
Man, I never get tired of making fun of this movie. It's like the gift that just keeps on giving. Anyway, here's an interesting still of Jemaine Clement who actually signed on to be in this movie. He's some kind of Easy Rider...

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