Standoff (2016)

Adam Alleca writes and directs the 2016 film Standoff, a sometimes chatty and sometimes gratifying thriller. There are those who will hold that the movie is smarter-than-thou, with its psychological wrangling. And there are those who will be engrossed by the manly head-to-head. And there are those who will find value in the both elements, […]

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Countdown (2016)

The first thing to know about the 2016 actioner Countdown is that it’s a WWE Studios production. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that. It’s directed by John Stockwell, who helmed the 2002 surfer movie Blue Crush. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that either. Finally, Countdown stars WWE superstar and stand-up comic Dolph Ziggler.

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Hunt to Kill (2010)

Keoni Waxman directs Steve Austin in Hunt to Kill, a rough and tumble actioner from 2010. With a screenplay by Jack Hannah and uncomplicated cinematography by Tom Harting, there’s something agreeable about this direct-to-video endeavour. It doesn’t punch above its paygrade and knows how to play to Austin’s strengths, with a meat and potatoes physicality […]

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Terminator Genisys (2015)

Alan Taylor helms the cluttered Terminator Genisys, the fifth entry in the franchise that began in 1984 with James Cameron’s The Terminator. This 2015 installment features a screenplay by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, but the mythology is jumbled and the picture is over-plotted.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)

Back in 1990, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles introduced Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s characters in living, moving animatronics. In 1991, a sequel furthered the gambit with lesser results. 1993’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III fudges just about everything, with Jim Henson’s Creature Shop no longer responsible for the Turtles and director Stuart Gillard trying to […]

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Millennium Actress (2001)

Satoshi Kon paints a magnificent picture with 2001’s Millennium Actress, a stunning and dramatic animated feature. Featuring a screenplay by Kon and Sadayuki Murai, this film contends with some significant symbolism but never gets carried away. It weaves a human tale, telling a story of love and longing and consumption.

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Sex and Fury (1973)

Directed by Norifumi Suzuki, Sex and Fury is one of the most renowned of the pinku eiga films to be produced by the Toei Company. Featuring a screenplay by Suzuki, Tarō Bonten and Masahiro Kakefuda, this 1973 motion picture melds the sensibilities of Meiji period Japan with the splaying sex and violence of exploitation cinema.

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Miami Connection (1987)

Korean martial artist Y.K. Kim is responsible for Miami Connection, a 1987 action picture that is so defiant in its earnestness that it’s hard to resist. Kim directs this Z-movie along with Richard Park. Both contributed to the story, while Joseph Diamond is credited with the screenplay.

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