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The New Indiana Jones is More than Commercial Gimcracknew

The pressing challenge of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is for Spielberg to address the generation that grew up with Indiana Jones and may now feel they have outgrown him. But to avoid that fickle self-loathing, Spielberg has to raise their appreciation of action-movie tropes.
New York Press  |  Armond White  |  05-22-2008  |  Reviews

OSS 117: The Best Spy Spoof Since 'Austin Powers'new

Before Ian Fleming devised 007, long before Mike Myers was born (later to conceive Austin Powers), French agent OSS 117 was a pulpy sensation in countless espionage novels and several movies.
Seattle Weekly  |  Brian Miller  |  05-12-2008  |  Reviews

David Mamet Knows Kung Funew

The ghosts of the Shaw Brothers haunt this tale of Mike Terry, a painfully noble Los Angeles jiu-jitsu instructor who, through a series of increasingly unlikely occurrences, gets sucked into a world of sketchy movie producers and unethical mixed martial arts fighters.
The Portland Mercury  |  Erik Henriksen  |  05-09-2008  |  Reviews

David Mamet Shows Jiu Jitsu Some Lovenew

Redbelt is a likable distraction, especially for Mamet's trademark staccato dialogue and the deft choreography of its martial-arts sequences.
San Antonio Current  |  Steven G. Kellman  |  05-07-2008  |  Reviews

'Speed Racer' is So Shallow It's Scarynew

There are no hidden depths in a cartoon originally translated from the Japanese as Mach GoGoGo. And, to their credit, directors Andy and Larry Wachowski have not tried to find any.
Willamette Week  |  Aaron Mesh  |  05-07-2008  |  Reviews

Misplaced Cell Phones and Lies Create a Twisty Thriller in 'Deception'new

If you can handle another fatal attraction, Deception ambles along companionably, pretending, if not quite succeeding, to be smarter than it is.
Pittsburgh City Paper  |  Al Hoff  |  05-05-2008  |  Reviews

Jon Favreau's 'Iron Man' Has a Heartnew

Rather than cutting directly to the chase, it takes its time to involve us in the characters, who are relatively three-dimensional as comic book movies go, and who are played by the kinds of actors who know how to make a lot out of not very much.
L.A. Weekly  |  Scott Foundas  |  05-02-2008  |  Reviews

David Mamet Creates a Serious 'Karate Kid'new

But Mamet's self-seriousness stifles Redbelt's cinematic potential.
New York Press  |  Armond White  |  05-01-2008  |  Reviews

Out and Proud Neil Patrick Harris Loves Playing Comedy's Favorite Pussy Houndnew

The result of Harris' willingness to poke a little fun at himself is a new Cult of NPH, with T-shirts and even a (New Line-run) What Would NPH Do? web site that Harris says confuses him more than flatters him--though he admits, with a smirk, to visiting it more than he probably should.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Cole Haddon  |  04-29-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Jet Li and Jackie Chan Team Up for Fun Action Flicknew

Director Rob Minkoff has crafted the first great action flick of the year, the kind of film you want to roll up and stick in your back pocket so you can whip it out and whap action-movie naysayers on the nose.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Addison Engelking  |  04-25-2008  |  Reviews

'The Forbidden Kingdom': A Thoroughly Enjoyable Action Flicknew

It's also a smart and loving tribute to the genre that unobtrusively enhances the fun for knowledgeable kung fu movie fans.
NOW Magazine  |  Andrew Dowler  |  04-18-2008  |  Reviews

'The Forbidden Kingdom' Brings a Mash of the Titansnew

Jet Li and Jackie Chan partner as heroes in a Hollywood film that respects Hong Kong action cinema.
New York Press  |  Armond White  |  04-17-2008  |  Reviews

Let's Fieldtrip to David Ayer's Los Angelesnew

Think Miami Vice minus the self-conscious cool, or The Departed minus the smarts, and you'll have a pretty good idea what to expect from Street Kings.
The Portland Mercury  |  Erik Henriksen  |  04-10-2008  |  Reviews

Film Turns Environmentalism Into Big Cheesy Fun

Sitting through the enviro-apocalyptic thriller The Day After Tomorrow is akin to watching The Weather Network while having a really bad acid trip.
Monday Magazine  |  Robert Moyes  |  08-07-2004  |  Reviews

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