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Movie review: “Jason Bourne”

It’s ironic and inevitable that after four movies a franchise about a super-spy/super-soldier with amnesia would start to develop a feeling of deja vu. Its predecessors have always been cutting edge, gritty, faced-paced, timely, and raw in their sensibilities; but with Jason Bourne the world seems to have caught up with the franchise. Its style has … Continue reading

Movie review: “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”

The Law of Diminishing Returns hasn’t yet caught up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe — which is no mean feat given that it is It’s eleven movies in, with another eleven looming on the horizon. That said, there is some strain showing along the bulging seams of The Avengers: The Age of Ultron. Writer-director Joss … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘The Expendables III’

As with a number of third installments, the law of diminishing returns kicks in with The Expendables III — big time. The franchise has always centered on the novelty value of having the aging action stars of the ’80s and ’90s appear onscreen together — often for the first time — in order to shoot, … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

It’s rare that a sequel or a reboot manages to justify its existence in the megaplex, but Dawn of the Planet of the Apes manages to one-up its progenitor and then some. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2010) was itself a pleasant surprise; granted, expectations were low — most viewers still had the bad … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’

We are now four movies into Michael Bay’s mind-numbing franchise, and there is very little left to say about the series that hasn’t been said already. The sequels have always been a monotonous rehash of the original robo-slugfest, and Transformers: Age of Extinction only offers the same thing, and more of it — literally, given … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

Returning as director to the franchise he put on the movie map after an absence of more than a decade, Bryan Singer has turned out what feels like the first true X-Men movie since, well, the last one he directed. Ambitious and epic in scale and intimate in execution, X-Men: Days of Future Past seal the … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Riddick’

Wisely smaller in scope yet appropriately over-the-top, writer-director David Twohy and actor Vin Diesel’s return to the character who helped put both of them on the map some 15 years ago, Riddick is sci-fi pulp cheese that will satisfy fans if little else. An escaped con with night vision eyes, Riddick became a surprise cult … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Red 2’

Much like its 2010 predecessor, based on Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer’s comic book about elderly secret agents forced out of retirement after they’re targeted for elimination, Red 2 is free from lofty expectations. Red was a surprise sleeper hit that earned points from a smart script, fantastic casting, and the novelty of watching Helen … Continue reading

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