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The Smurfs 2 Review: Kids Will Smurf It

When The Smurfs hit theaters in 2011, it was a surprise smash. But, in hindsight, we who cover the movie business should not have been so shocked that the big screen version of Peyo’s world made $564 million! His Smurfs are a beloved institution in pop culture and have been for decades. What should not be a surprise is that we now have a sequel, teased in The Smurfs 2 trailer.

Back for another adventure are Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays, as well as Hank Azaria as the evil wizard Gargamel.

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This time out, our film begins in the land of Smurfs where Smurfette is excited to celebrate her birthday. Only, it seems that nobody remembers. In reality, they are preparing a surprise celebration of Smurf proportions.

Teased in the second The Smurfs 2 movie trailer, we also learn in the opening moments of The Smurfs 2 how Smurfette landed in the cute blue creatures’ village. She was a creation of Gargamel and meant to infiltrate the Smurfs world so he could destroy it. But, she was won over by the love of Papa Smurf and the joy and love of life of all his fellow Smurfs.

So, we have our premise for the sequel. Gargamel has created his own Smurfs, but this time, they didn’t turn out as well. They are known as the Naughties and they manage to get to Smurf village and kidnap Smurfette and take her to Gargamel’s lair (er… hotel room) in Paris where he is performing magic to sell-out crowds of manic Parisians who simply adore his quirky lack of charm.

Papa Smurf and a few of his kind head to New York to recruit Harris and Mays for a whole new adventure. They have a young son, named Blue of all things, and Harris’ estranged father Victor (Brendan Gleeson) is there for a long overdue visit to celebrate Blue’s birthday. Papa Smurf rallies the family and his fellow Smurfs and heads to Paris to rescue Smurfette.

The Smurfs 2 is very much in the vein of the first film. It is geared towards children and they will adore it to the ends of the Earth. There are lessons aplenty including learning to appreciate what you have and not to idolize what you don’t. The power of family also permeates every frame of the film, regardless of what form that family takes… which is extremely timely given our ever changing familial dynamic in today’s world.

The Naughties in The Smurfs 2

But, The Smurfs 2 is not all lessons and message. There is humor, albeit geared towards youngsters. There is adventure, still G-rated. And overall, there is the charm that has endeared these little blue creatures to millions across the globe for decades. Once you experience the world of the Smurfs, it is easy to see not only how the first film did so well, but why they continue to resonate today and into the future.

Our The Smurfs 2 review has to split our grade into two parts: One for kids and one for the film overall. Kids… will love it and it’s a five-star event. Adults on the other hand… not quite as much. But then again, those of a mature age are not who filmmakers made The Smurfs 2 for… although it’s easy to find them quite charming.

X-Men Days of Future Past: Bryan Singer Explains Timeline

It is pretty obvious when the X-Men: Days of Future Past cast shocked us by appearing at Comic-Con that both the “classic” X-Men heroes and the X-Men: First Class mutants will be joining forces for Bryan Singer’s film that lands May 23, 2014.

Although thrilled at the prospect of witnessing both Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen as Magneto and James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart as Professor X, it left us wondering how exactly it would work.

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Sure, after seeing The Wolverine, we know how it starts… but where do we go from there? Singer was talking to Empire and filled in a few blanks.

“It takes place about ten years, give or take, after X-Men 3; and in the past it takes place about ten years after First Class,” Singer admitted.

He also divulged that it spans continents, as well as time. “It takes place in the future and the past and then all over the world, from Russia to China, then France, and Washington, New York. It’s got scope, but most of the scope is in the breadth of the story.”

We like what Singer has decided to call his film that combines franchise casts across different time continuums. “I’d say it’s not a sequel to one of the others. It’s an inbetwequel — that’s what I call it, for lack of a better word.”

Jobs: Go Behind the Scenes with Ashton Kutcher

Jobs debuts August 16 and the film has released a behind-the-scenes video that takes you inside the highly anticipated biopic of Apple founder Steve Jobs. If the Jobs trailer has you interested, wait until you see how the magic of the movies is bringing the tech icon to life.

The studio behind the film also announced a YouTube event that will feature star Ashton Kutcher (who plays Jobs) and Josh Gad (portraying Steve Wozniak) and allow fans to talk to the stars about their roles and the important film.

Also, the Jobs website is now open to check out all the latest news from the biopic that has people buzzing. The YouTube event takes place August 2 at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. EST and can be seen at Jobs on YouTube.

Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa Trailer: First Look at Johnny Knoxville!

One of our favorite “characters” from the Jackass series was when Johnny Knoxville would put on his old man costume and turn into 86-year-old Irving Zisman. The messes he would get into were utterly hilarious and also so wrong… on so many levels.

Well, Knoxville has answered our prayers as he has crafted a full length movie featuring Zisman. Not only do we have the Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa trailer for the film that arrives October 25, but we have the first two photos from the comedy as well.

It’s nice to see that Knoxville has made time to keep the Jackass franchise alive after securing roles in various films, including The Last Stand

Along for the ride in Bad Grandpa is Zisman’s sidekick, eight-year-old “grandson” Billy. In the film they cross the country that actually combines a narrative feature with their trademark hidden camera mayhem. From the sounds of it, Knoxville is quite pleased with the casting.

Johnny Knoxville Bad Grandpa

“Jackson would just follow me on the set and verbally assault me while hitting me in the zipper,” Knoxville recalls. “I was just shaking my head thinking that this kid is a piece of work. He’s unbelievable. I think he was sent from heaven.”

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa Johnny Knoxville

Knoxville had been asked repeatedly about making a full length movie with Zisman, but feared it would never work over a full length movie. But, with the combination of hidden camera and a set narrative, he found a winning combination. From the sounds of it, the film is a nice follow-up to Jackass 3D.

We’re the Millers Giveaway: Win Jennifer Aniston’s Comedy Prize Pack

We’re the Millers lands in theaters August 9 and features a one-two punch of comedy chemistry that is sure to have theaters full of people laughing their heads off with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. As teased in the We’re the Millers trailer, Aniston is a stripper who is enlisted by Sudeikis to pose with him as a family coming back from Mexico.

Joining them are Will Poulter and Emma Roberts to complete the appearance of a family of four cruising back to the U.S.A. in an RV. The only thing is… they’re carrying illegal contraband for Sudeikis’ boss (played by a wickedly funny Ed Helms).

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We’re the Millers Synopsis:

From New Line Cinema comes the action comedy We’re The Millers, starring Jennifer Aniston (Horrible Bosses) and Jason Sudeikis (The Campaign). The film is directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story).

David Burke (Sudeikis) is a small-time pot dealer whose clientele includes chefs and soccer moms, but no kids — after all, he has his scruples. So what could go wrong? Plenty. Preferring to keep a low profile for obvious reasons, he learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished when he tries to help out some local teens and winds up getting jumped by a trio of gutter punks. Stealing his stash and his cash, they leave him in major debt to his supplier, Brad (Ed Helms).

In order to wipe the slate clean — and maintain a clean bill of health — David must now become a big-time drug smuggler by bringing Brad’s latest shipment in from Mexico. Twisting the arms of his neighbors, cynical stripper Rose (Aniston) and wannabe customer Kenny (Will Poulter), and the tatted-and-pierced streetwise teen Casey (Emma Roberts), he devises a foolproof plan. One fake wife, two pretend kids and a huge, shiny RV later, the “Millers” are headed south of the border for a Fourth of July weekend that is sure to end with a bang.

Thurber directs We’re The Millers from a screenplay by Bob Fisher & Steve Faber (Wedding Crashers) and Sean Anders & John Morris (Hot Tub Time Machine), story by Bob Fisher & Steve Faber. The film also stars Emma Roberts (The Art of Getting By), Nick Offerman (21 Jump Street), Kathryn Hahn (The Dictator), Will Poulter (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) and Ed Helms (the Hangover films).

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Vincent Newman, Tucker Tooley, Happy Walters and Chris Bender are the producers, with David Heyman, J.C. Spink, Marcus Viscidi, Toby Emmerich, Richard Brenner and David Neustadter serving as executive producers.

Thurber’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Barry Peterson (21 Jump Street); production designer Clayton Hartley (The Other Guys); editor Mike Sale (The Hangover Part II); and costume designer Shay Cunliffe (The Bourne Legacy).

New Line Cinema’s We’re The Millers opens nationwide on August 7, 2013, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

We’re the Millers is rated R for “crude sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and brief graphic nudity.”

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