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A new trailer for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” has landed.

And it looks every bit as fun as the first film.

The sequel stars Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Halle Berry, Elton John and Channing Tatum.

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Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are back for “22 Jump Street”. Is this a rare comedy sequel that outdoes the original or a “Hangover Part II” sized miss?

The Good: Fear not. “22 Jump Street” is very good. Tatum and Hill are dynamite. The chemistry they have on screen is absolutely hilarious and fans of the first film will undoubtedly love them for the second go around. There are a lot of “in” jokes in this one, specifically on movie sequels that do the same thing all over again. It’s quite funny to see them poke fun at that idea, although there’s a few too many of those for my liking.

I really enjoyed Ice Cube in this one. He has a few particularly memorable scenes and easily the best supporting character of the bunch in this film.

Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller already had one hit on their hands in 2014 with “The Lego Movie”. And that irreverent humor shows up again here and once again, they are mostly spot on. They are quickly rising near the top of my list of favorite comedy directors out there, bar none.

The Bad: The film mostly hits its mark, but there are a few moments where the humor seems a little too forced. And some of the supporting characters, while they have their moments, don’t really stand out to me. The villains all seemed, just kind of rushed into the film as a matter of necessity and were missed opportunities to mine for more comedic gold.

The Final Word: I enjoyed “22 Jump Street” a lot. And out of the big comedies so far this summer, this is my favorite ahead of “Neighbors”. Fans of the original will love the sequel. And while it won’t win over any new converts, its target audience will find this film to be an absolute hoot.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Surprising news emerged yesterday as Warner Brothers announced that “Jupiter Ascending”, due out in less than two months in July, would be delayed until February 6, 2015. It’s rare for movies to be delayed within six months of release. But less than two months? Should fans be worried? Let’s find out.

The reason: Officially, WB said it’s because they need more time to finish special effects. Frankly, I find that hard to believe. You’d think the studio would know a lot sooner the film wouldn’t finish in time. The bigger issue may come in the form of a new release hitting theaters this weekend.

“Edge of Tomorrow”, starring Tom Cruise, is being released in the U.S. on Friday. It’s getting great reviews (currently at 91 percent at Rotten Tomatoes), but it’s underperforming greatly overseas and there’s a sense that the movie will be a misfire domestically. Coupled with a lack of overall buzz for “Jupiter Ascending”, and the more likely scenario is WB is getting cold feet and doesn’t want to have two big budget sci-fi bombs in the same summer.

Why you should be worried: It’s almost never a good sign to see movies be delayed, especially to a time of year when most studios dump films that aren’t very good at. And a delay like this harkens back to films like “47 Ronin” where, despite all the damage control that studio tried to do, the film just suffered from issues on set and wasn’t very good.

Why you should be optimistic: There are a number of reasons to have faith. First, it’s opening the same weekend “The Lego Movie” came out, which is still this year’s highest grossing film (though not for long). “World War Z”, starring Brad Pitt, had its share of production problems, yet was successful both commercially and critically. And “Jupiter Ascending” stars two bright, young stars in Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis.

I thought the trailers have all looked very good so far. In short, there’s a lot of potential here and perhaps WB is just setting up “Jupiter Ascending” as the first blockbuster of 2015.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

This is pretty cool. On July 4 at participating Regal, AMC, Cinemark or Carmike Cinema Theaters, active military and veterans will get in free to “White House Down”. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

“White House Down” stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx and is directed by Roland Emmerich.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig has another hit on his hand. “The Heat” starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy opened to $40 million. That’s the biggest opening in Bullock’s career and way ahead of “Bridesmaids”, which opened to just more than $26 million. Disney/Pixar’s “Monsters University, however, repeated in first with an estimated $46.2 million. Despite having big star power in director Roland Emmerich and stars Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum, “White House Down” opened to $25.7 million, lower than “Olympus Has Fallen”, which had Gerard Butler.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

The last weekend in June sees the second White House being attacked movie of the year and a delayed buddy cop comedy from the director of “Bridesmaids”.

First up is “White House Down”. “Olympus Has Fallen” starring Gerard Butler earned nearly $100 million earlier this year, a good omen for this film. It has a bigger name director (Roland Emmerich) and much more star power (Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum). But the question remains will audiences pay for a similar movie? Well, sometimes they do. “Deep Impact” and “Armageddon” were released just two months apart, but “Armageddon” actually earned significantly more, despite coming out second. The star power alone will raise “White House Down” up but fans might be getting a little fatigued with action movies right now.

Opening weekend: $38-43 million

The big winner this week looks to be “The Heat”. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are both bona fide box office draws. And director Paul Feig’s “Bridesmaids” was the comedy smash hit of 2011. The combination of those factors should help this take second behind “Monsters University”.

Opening weekend: $40-45 million

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Steven Soderbergh’s “Magic Mike” was one of the surprise hits from last year and helped Channing Tatum’s stock rise rapidly. Now with plans for a sequel, there are reports that Tatum along with Reid Carolin will direct “Magic Mike 2”. If they do, Steven Soderbergh (“Side Effects”) said he’ll serve as their DP! Obviously if Tatum makes his directing debut, it’ll be nice to have Soderbergh helping you out. The first film also starred Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Munn and Alex Pettyfer.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Roland Emmerich is busy promoting “White House Down” starring Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum. But you can be sure he’s been asked about “Independence Day 2”, or as it was at one time supposedly called: “ID Forever Parts 1 and 2”, which would take place 20 years after the original (the first sequel is slated for summer 2015). But here comes news that Will Smith (“After Earth”) won’t be involved.

“Will Smith cannot come back because he’s too expensive, but he’d also be too much of a marquee name,” Emmerich told the NY Daily News. “It would be too much. We have like maybe half of the people that you know would know from the first film [in the script] and the other half people who are new.”

I suppose it sort of makes sense, though you’d think Smith would be more willing to return to these franchises. I mean “Men in Black 3” was his most well-received film in a while.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Let the hype continue. The Wachowskis were responsible for my favorite film of 2012, “Cloud Atlas” and I can’t wait for “Jupiter Ascending”. The industry buzz is that this is one heck of a sci-fi film. Channing Tatum, who was promoting his upcoming film “White House Down”, which also stars Jamie Foxx, had this to say about the project:

“We are breaking ground on—I mean it’s a tough shoot,” Tatum told Collider. “We’re doing stuff that’s never been done, inside the camera, in the CG world, and the physical stuff. There’s very little, if not no, digital stuntmen in the movie. All the stuff is really real and it’s been hard figuring it out because they don’t like doing anything that’s been done before. So we’re definitely doing some new stuff, so hopefully everybody likes it. And it’s fun, it’s got some cheek to it. It’s a cheeky movie a little bit.”

The film also stars Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, James D’Arcy, Terry Gilliam and Doona Bae.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@ gmail.com.

“G.I. Joe: Retaliation” may not have been a bit hit domestically, but it earned more than $365 million worldwide. That’s good enough for Hasbro and the studios because “G.I. Joe 3” is on its way. Director Jon Chu, who helmed the second film, is returning. No word on which if the cast is coming back, but the second film featured D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.