February Fisticuffs: Undisputed III: Redemption (2010)

It’s February and everything sucks right now, so it’s time to unwind with February Fisticuffs – a punchy look at some of the best, worst and most average boxing, kung fu and martial arts movies. Isaac Florentine’s Undisputed III: Redemption continues the surprisingly effective series with more blistering, no-nonsense ass-kickery. The 2010 follow-up to Undisputed […]

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Sin City (2005)

A mean and brutal piece of work, Sin City introduces a hermetically sealed universe full of rain and blood. This 2005 film is directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller and is based on the graphic novel of the same name, specifically Miller’s The Hard Goodbye, The Big Fat Kill and That Yellow Bastard.

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Ip Man 3 (2015)

The mythology of the Ip Man series has been paramount to Wilson Yip, but things are pushed in an exceptionally melodramatic direction with the third entry. 2015’s Ip Man 3 is decidedly sentimental and carries all the inflated wallop of a soap opera, complete with children in peril and enough domestic drama to fill a […]

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Ip Man 2 (2010)

Wilson Yip’s Ip Man 2 has many of the same goals as it 2008 predecessor. Its affection for the myth of its titular character is apparent, as it its desire to stand for the dignity of its characters. This 2010 picture is also fashioned as a tight, artistic martial arts epic and a historical stamp […]

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Ip Man (2008)

Wilson Yip’s Ip Man is compelling in that it has many goals. It first wants to cement the mythology of the titular character, Bruce Lee’s teacher and the grandmaster of the Wing Chun martial art. It wants to serve as a reminder of civility and a certain standard of morality. And it wants to unload […]

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Ghostbusters (2016)

A jumbled but entertaining effort, the 2016 incarnation of Ghostbusters luckily has enough juice in the proton pack to overcome the overblown trappings of Paul Feig’s approach. The director also wrote the screenplay with Katie Dippold, who wrote Feig’s The Heat in 2013.

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Suicide Squad (2016)

A scrambled, desperate film, Suicide Squad is another entry in the DC extended universe and another advertisement for a franchise. Like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, this 2016 movie is a link in a longer chain. And like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad is pretty bad.

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The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

Directed by David Yates from a screenplay by Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer, The Legend of Tarzan is yet another filmic incarnation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs character. This 2016 picture doesn’t bring much by way of novelty to the tale and seems torn from the superhero movie playbook, complete with copious CGI and gusty […]

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Ender’s Game (2013)

Based on the novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game is a tepid science fiction film from 2013. Director and screenwriter Gavin Hood doesn’t achieve any sense of wonder and the wobbly performances don’t help.

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