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Lucy

Life was given to us a billion years ago.  What have we done with it? Luc Besson is unique.  He is a French action film writer-director-producer.  His films are slick, tough, and thoroughly European.  He is also almost certainly the most … Continue reading

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The Last Stand

This is getting boring, get the big gun! International drug lord Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega) is being transferred by the FBI to “federal death row”.  But in an elaborate escape plan, headed by Burrell (Peter Stormare), Cortez gets away with … Continue reading

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End of Watch

Follow me into the house. One of the more underappreciated movies by audiences in 2012 was End of Watch (2012) from writer/director David Ayer.  When the Academy Awards allowed only five Best Picture nominations, it was easier to accept that a … Continue reading

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Gangster Squad

You tell them Los Angeles belongs to Mickey Cohen. Gangster Squad (2013) stands at the intersection of three movies: L.A. Confidential (1997), The Untouchables (1987), and Dick Tracy (1990).  Damn, that must have sounded awesome in the pitch room.  “Wait, and you’re telling me we’ve got Josh Brolin, Ryan … Continue reading

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Skyfall

Where the hell have you been? I am repeatedly let down by films that I expect to be great this year.  The only films I have enjoyed unreservedly have had very low ambitions.  Perhaps expecting greatness from action-thrillers is a … Continue reading

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Looper

Clean. Have I talked about time travel here before?  Surely I have.  That’s right, it was the Men in Black 3 (2012) review (was that only four months ago?).  Well, Looper (2012) isn’t your franchised, shark-jumping, who-cares-so-long-as-it’s-Will Smith kind of movie.  It’s an original, mind-jamming, Joseph Gordon-Levitt-is-so-dreamy-even-with-a-prosthetic-forehead, … Continue reading

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Solomon Kane

There are many paths to redemption, not all of them peaceful. Solomon Kane (James Purefoy) was a sailor and, from what I can tell, privateer for England—this is pre-Acts of Union—and a ruthless one at that.  We meet him in … Continue reading

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The Expendables 2

Bang! Bang! Bang! Pew!  Bang! BOOM! Being both fond of movies and entertainment, I was looking forward to The Expendables (2010).  It promised to be a send-up of those old 80’s action movies like Commando (1985), Rambo: First Blood Part II … Continue reading

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The Bourne Legacy

We are sin eaters, do you know what that means? Jeremy Renner is establishing himself as a strong action-oriented presence relatively late in life.  When he did S.W.A.T. (2003) he was about 32.  I said relatively.  It wasn’t exactly an instant classic and … Continue reading

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Centurion

This is a new kind of war; a war without honor, without end. Sometimes after I watch a movie, and typically it’s an action movie, I think to myself, “Some movies shouldn’t be reviewed.”  I end up having a dozen … Continue reading

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