Marauders (2016)

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 […]

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Blood Father (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 […]

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Mechanic: Resurrection (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.

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Moana (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.

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The Mechanic (2011)

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.

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London Has Fallen (2016)

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.”

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Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

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.

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Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

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 […]

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