January 17, 2014

Chris Pine gives beloved franchise fresh blood with ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’

There’s something disorienting — but oddly appropriate — about “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” opening the day after Oscar nominations are announced. No sooner do we pay homage to the very best that Hollywood has to offer (and Hollywood came forth with an exceptional bounty last year), than we are forced to consider yet another example of the franchise obsession on which the industry depends to survive. Snap out of it, movie fans! Awards are all well and good, but a studio’s gotta eat.

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