OKGazette.com - Action http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/articles.sec-92-1-action.html <![CDATA[<i>Hercules</i> - Don’t be fooled by its name; <i>Hercules</i> gives a puny effort at best.]]>

The guys who cast The Rock to play Hercules had it easy. The former professional wrestler turned Schwarzenneger redux — known now simply by his birth name, Dwayne Johnson — has become the face of silver screen masculinity after starring in the last few Fast & Furious installments and G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

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<![CDATA[Godzilla - The latest incarnation of <i>Godzilla</i> is city-stomping fun.]]> In Jaws, Steven Spielberg famously delayed before letting movie audiences see the shark. It generated suspense, but the decision was more a pragmatic one since the mechanical fish broke down so often during shooting. Unreliability isn’t much of a problem in the world of CGI, however, with filmmakers able to conjure up almost anything short of a decent Katherine Heigl movie.]]> <![CDATA[The Grandmaster - Wong Kar-wai’s <i>The Grandmaster</i>, about kung fu legend Ip Man, is a triumph of action and visual artistry.]]>

The Grandmaster

7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

415 Couch Drive

okcmoa.com

236-3100

$7-$9

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<![CDATA[Lone Survivor - Peter Berg's Navy SEALs epic reminds us that war is hell while glorifying it, too.]]> Maybe it really is possible to have your cake and eat it, too. Lone Survivor, a dramatization of a real-life U.S. mission in Afghanistan that went horribly awry, somehow manages to chronicle a massacre of Navy SEALs while simultaneously transforming the experience into a fist-pumping recruitment tool.]]> <![CDATA[The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box - On her majesty's <i>National Treasure.</i>]]> Hasn't Frozen earned enough coin? (That's rhetorical; it has.) So instead of taking the family to see it again and again, try something different. Try The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box, which opens Friday exclusively at AMC Quail Springs Mall 24, 2501 W. Memorial. If your kids enjoy the National Treasure movies, they're apt to enjoy this live-action British film, too. ]]> <![CDATA[Rush - Ron Howard's latest is a crash course in filmmaking that reeks of burnt rubber.]]> Rush isn’t about the much-loved Canadian power-prog trio. Sadly.]]> <![CDATA[RED 2 - Better dead than ‘RED.’]]> Nobody in their right mind would mistake 2010's RED for high art. The film was a harmless, mildly entertaining caricature of a summer blockbuster that provided a fair amount of laughs and a hefty amount of explosions. Any notion of plot played second fiddle to graphic absurdity, but it at least bumbled about with a little bit of charm and charisma.]]> <![CDATA[Fast & Furious 6 - Not so ‘Fast.’]]> Right down to the dramatic shot of the cast members walking in a single row toward the camera, the title sequence for Fast & Furious 6 feels every bit like that of a TV series. It’s only natural, given how episodic this entry is — all it lacks is the “Special Guest Star” credit. (But on that note, don’t leave as soon as it ends.)]]> <![CDATA[Iron Man 3 - This metal is still precious.]]> You’ll hear the phrase “hot mess” bandied about the whole of Iron Man 3. For a while — the entire first act, really — the film embodies it, minus the hot.]]> <![CDATA[The Bourne Legacy - The spy franchise is 'Bourne' again with a new leading man. ]]> Just because you don’t have Jason Bourne, Matt Damon or a Robert Ludlum novel to crib from doesn’t mean you can’t still wring some thrills out of the Bourne franchise. With the dog days of the summer box-office season comes The Bourne Legacy, a respectable spy actioner, even if it falls short of the standard set by its predecessors.
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<![CDATA[The Dark Knight Rises - Christopher Nolan directs a fitting send-off to his Batman trilogy.]]> Due to the twisted savagery of a young man in a Colorado movie theater, The Dark Knight Rises will forever be a footnote in American history. Hopefully, that horrific massacre will not influence perceptions of this epic conclusion to writer-director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.]]> <![CDATA[The Amazing Spider-Man - It's amazing that this remake works as well as it does.]]>  I still don’t know why Hollywood felt that Spider-Man, all of 10 years young, needed to be remade — I suspect it has to do with selling toys. Enough of calling The Amazing Spider-Man a “reboot,” too; this is a remake through and through. ]]> <![CDATA[The Avengers - So many superheroes, so little satisfaction. ]]> I swear I’m not playing the contrarian card for the sake of doing so, but I disliked The Avengers — not with a passion, but mere disengagement. With the exception of Thor, I loved all the films leading up to this ultimate one, from 2008’s Iron Man to last summer’s Captain America: The First Avenger. I even entered this one carrying next-to-no expectations.
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<![CDATA[The Raid: Redemption - Up and at ’em!]]>

Fans of pure action cinema are apt to grow delirious with glee over The Raid: Redemption, an Indonesian crime thriller that relies so much upon the universal language of violence, one could enjoy it without subtitles.

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<![CDATA[The Viral Factor - Catch a rare opportunity for infectious Asian action on the big screen. ]]> Attention, fans of Asian blockbusters: You have a rare opportunity to see one play on the big screen, when The Viral Factor opens Friday exclusively at AMC Crossroads Mall 16, 1211 E. Interstate Highway 240. Provided you’re already into the genre, it’s worth the drive. ]]> <![CDATA[Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol - ]]> One need not worship Xenu to enjoy “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” starring America’s most famous Scientologist, so check your religious beliefs and Operating Thetan levels at the door.]]> <![CDATA[Drive - ]]> To race right to the finish line, as it were, “Drive” is — so far — the year’s best film and a new crime classic.]]> <![CDATA[Captain America: The First Avenger - Enlist in 'Captain America,' the final and finest superhero adventure of a summer season flooded with them.]]> "Captain America: The First Avenger" is Marvel's third — third! — superhero movie just this summer, following "Thor" and "X-Men: First Class," so it would be reasonable to expect audiences to be burned out on men in tights.
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<![CDATA[Thor - Unneccesary 3D, and too long, but other than that...]]> By god (pun intended) did “Thor” ever give me a headache.]]> <![CDATA[Fast Five - The most entertaining of ‘The Fast and the Furious’ franchise]]> Some would equate the statement “the most entertaining of ‘The Fast and the Furious’ franchise” with “the best time I got punched in the face.”
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