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Topic: Action

First Squad: The Moment of Truth

‘Truth' doesn't hurt.


Action

Rod Lott
In its excellent opening credits, "First Squad: The Moment of Truth" plays off the classic iconography of Nazi and Communist propaganda — fitting since the film takes place in the heat of World War II.
 
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Nude Nuns with Big Guns

Not such a hard habit to break.


Action

Rod Lott
Opening with "Grindhouse" soundalike music, "Nude Nuns with Big Guns" very much wants to be a down-and-dirty Robert Rodriguez take on the women-in-prison picture, but with a religious twist.
 
Monday, February 6, 2012

King of Triads

Royally average.


Action

Rod Lott
"Queen of Triads" is a more accurate title for "King of Triads," but to quibble about such things over a thoroughly mediocre Hong Kong actioner is a waste of time and energy.
 
Monday, February 13, 2012

Yakuza Weapon

In terms of value for your time, this ‘Weapon’ may prove lethal.


Action

Rod Lott
Opening the disc for "Yakuza Weapon" is the trailer for Donnie Yen's "Flash Point," which looks incredible. In. Cred. Ible. Sadly, it’s nearly the high point of the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, after the feature’s Colorforms-esque closing credits.
 
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

War of the Arrows

This South Korean epic is on-target.


Action

Rod Lott
Just in the past 15 years, I’ve seen literally hundreds of martial-arts movies, a genre that — especially in its 1970s heyday — thrived on abiding to a mindless, predictable template. As a result, many are indistinguishable from one another.
 
Monday, February 20, 2012

Justice League: Doom

How many superheroes does it take to ...


Action

Rod Lott
After busting a playing card-costumed criminal ring of safecrackers, members of the Justice League of America face their greatest foe yet: “Doom.”
 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Immortals

The Clash with panache.


Action

Rod Lott
While nowhere near infallible as the title may suggest, Immortals is superior to the other recent big-budget epic to take a comic-book look at mythology, the Clash of the Titans remake. Immortals also is more coherent — not completely coherent, but enough to keep me from dozing off.
 
Monday, March 5, 2012

The Viral Factor

Catch a rare opportunity for infectious Asian action on the big screen.


Action

Rod Lott
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.
 
Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Three Musketeers

All for one, and all that jazz.


Action

Rod Lott
All these centuries, who knew Alexandre Dumas' most famous novel needed ninjas? At least I think that's what you could call the hooded warrior who emerges from the water with weapon at the ready at the opening of The Three Musketeers, Hollywood's latest in a long line of adaptations of the 1884 classic, this ship steered with a steampunk touch by Paul W.S. Anderson, whose adventure credits include Death Race, Alien vs. Predator and Mortal Kombat.
 
Monday, March 12, 2012

The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch

Does Winch have much of a pull?


Action

Rod Lott
Jumping back and forth between Brazil and Hong Kong, The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch serves as an origin story of its title hero (German-born Tomer Sisley, The Nativity Story), secret adopted heir to self-made gazillionaire Neiro Winch (Miki Manojlovic, Europe's equivalent to our Philip Baker Hall) and the world's fifth-largest fortune.
 
Monday, March 19, 2012
 
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