A cliché sandwich served with extra clichés and a dish of cliché on the side for dipping, Steven C. Miller’s Marauders actually has the makeup of a good thriller. This 2016 motion picture isn’t that bad given the territory and the screenplay by Michael Cody and Chris Sivertson doesn’t try to do too much. At […]Read more "Marauders (2016)"
Jean-François Richet directs the terse Mel Gibson vehicle Blood Father with eyes on reclamation and violence as cleansing force. The 2016 movie features a screenplay by Peter Craig and Andrea Berloff and is based on Craig’s novel of the same name. It casts a dry swath through America, painting a picture of contrast and hostility […]Read more "Blood Father (2016)"
When it comes to bleak and beautiful noir, it’s hard to top Fritz Lang’s Scarlet Street. This 1945 motion picture is based on Georges de La Fouchardière’s novel La Chienne and features a screenplay by Dudley Nichols. The material is dark and cynical and glorious, with characters traipsing through life in various stages of desperation.Read more "Film Noir Friday: Scarlet Street (1945)"
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter purports to be the sixth and final entry in the Resident Evil film series, which is based on the video game series of the same name. This 2016 picture is written and directed Paul W. S. Anderson, with cinematography by Glen MacPherson.Read more "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)"
If Simon West’s The Mechanic was well-organized, its 2016 sequel is ridiculous. Directed by Dennis Gansel from a screenplay by Philip Shelby and Tony Mosher, Mechanic: Resurrection is an outlandish Jason Statham vehicle that stacks the deck with wild and weird action pieces. It’s somewhat fascinating, yet hardly good.Read more "Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)"
Ron Clements and John Musker helm Moana, the 56th entry in the Disney animated feature pantheon (probably) and a vibrant showcase of what the House of Mouse does well. The story is one of those by-committee jobs, but there’s a beating heart within that takes popular filmmaking and classic folklore into account.Read more "Moana (2016)"
There’s nothing new about Simon West’s The Mechanic. The 2011 picture is a remake of the 1972 film of the same name, which starred Charles Bronson and was directed by Michael Winner. This one puts Jason Statham in the Bronson role and features a screenplay by Lewis John Carlino and Richard Wenk.Read more "The Mechanic (2011)"
There is a point in the awful London Has Fallen when the boiling protagonist (Gerard Butler) is beating the hell out of a bad guy while embarking on a profanity-laced diatribe about the staying power of America. “A thousand years from now,” he snarls, “we’ll still fucking be here.”Read more "London Has Fallen (2016)"
Henry Hathaway’s The House on 92nd Street is an exercise in what’s widely called the semi-documentary style, which has earned in comparisons to Jules Dassin’s 1948 noir The Naked City. As such an exercise, this 1945 movie builds substantial interest. As a film noir, it’s a tougher sell.Read more "Film Noir Friday: The House on 92nd Street (1945)"
Paul W. S. Anderson directs Resident Evil: Retribution, the fifth entry in the Resident Evil series and the follow-up to 2010’s Resident Evil: Afterlife. Anderson also wrote the screenplay, which is based on the video game series of the same name.Read more "Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)"
Paul W. S. Anderson returns to the director’s chair for the second time in the series to helm Resident Evil: Afterlife, the sequel to Russell Mulcahy’s lean and sandy Resident Evil: Extinction. The 2010 entry features a screenplay by the director and was filmed in 3D with cinematography by Glen MacPherson.Read more "Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)"
Theoretically, Jon Cassar’s When the Bough Breaks should work as a sleazy thriller. The 2016 picture features a screenplay by Jack Olsen and stars a pile of gorgeous people like Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall and Jaz Sinclair. And there’s sex. In a way.Read more "When the Bough Breaks (2016)"
Russell Mulcahy wheels Resident Evil: Extinction, the third entry in the Resident Evil film series that began in 2002. The movies are based on the video game series of the same name, which concerns a future of bioengineering and a zombie apocalypse. The 2007 installment has a screenplay by Paul W. S. Anderson, who directed […]Read more "Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)"
Josef von Sternberg’s 1927 silent crime movie Underworld isn’t considered a film noir in any traditional sense, but it certainly speaks the language of the genre and serves as an instructive if influential piece of prescient cinema.Read more "Film Noir Friday: Underworld (1927)"
Anna Foerster makes her directorial debut with Underworld: Blood Wars, the fifth movie in the Underworld series. As the follow-up to 2012’s Underworld: Awakening, this 2016 motion picture hits the ground running and barrels through about 91 minutes of leather and latex.Read more "Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)"
In what may or may not be the seventh Steven Seagal movie to be released in 2016, Contract to Kill finds the Dracula-haired burbler in characteristic form. This outing is directed by Keoni Waxman, making it the third Waxman/Seagal coupling of last year and the umpteenth coupling between actor and director overall. Waxman, by the […]Read more "Seagalmania: Contract to Kill (2016)"
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. Chang Cheh’s Five Deadly Venoms has achieved legendary status as a kung fu movie. The 1978 motion picture features a […]Read more "February Fisticuffs: Five Deadly Venoms (1978)"
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. The cast of Kickboxer: Vengeance should send fight film fans into a frenzy. Consider Jean-Claude Van Damme, Darren Shahlavi, Dave […]Read more "February Fisticuffs: Kickboxer: Vengeance (2016)"
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. Tso Nam Lee’s Shaolin vs. Lama is one of those martial arts movies that feels like Saturday afternoon. The 1983 […]Read more "February Fisticuffs: Shaolin vs. Lama (1983)"
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. A martial arts movie shoved through a teen flick filter, Never Back Down is not that bad. It’s not that […]Read more "February Fisticuffs: Never Back Down (2008)"