Posts Tagged ‘action’
From left, Dennis Hopper, John Stockwell, Danielle von Zerneck and Fisher Stevens star in "My Science Project," a 1985 sci-fi comedy directed by Jonathan R. Betuel.

Class of 1985: ‘Real Genius’ / ‘My Science Project’

From a banner year for sci-fi comedies, Nick takes a look at one of the greatest ... and one of the not-so-greatest.
Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart star in "American Ultra," a 2015 Lionsgate action-comedy directed by Nima Nourizadeh.

ReelBob: ‘American Ultra’ fails to capitalize on premise

By Bob Bloom “American Ultra” is propelled by a single premise that expends itself rather quickly. The movie is a simplistic, cartoonish yet violent feature about a young stoner, Mike Howell, played by Jesse Eisenberg, who, unbeknownst even to himself, is a highly trained CIA agent with multiple and deadly skills. The attraction, of course, […]

Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart star in "American Ultra," a 2015 Lionsgate action-comedy directed by Nima Nourizadeh.

American Ultra

Jesse Eisenberg makes a credibly, and unexpectedly, badass action hero. But "American Ultra" tops out at modest velocity straight down the middle of the road.
Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt in 2015's "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation," the fifth installment in the Paramount Pictures franchise.

Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation

After this, you sense even if Tom Cruise leans more heavily on others for 20 more years of "Mission" movies, he'll will them into equally unhurried excellence.

Ryan Reynolds stars as the healthy, young body into which the consciousness of a dying aristocrat (Ben Kingsley) is placed, with disastrous consequences, in "Self/less," a 2015 thriller from Gramercy Pictures directed by Tarsem Singh.


Even if "Self/less" is the sort of ride you suspect will eat your money from the get-go, that doesn’t ease the disappointment when it happens.
Traumatized by his handler's death in Afghanistan, a Belgian Malinois military working dog is adopted by the fallen Marine's family in "Max," a 2015 MGM / Warner Brothers family film directed by Boaz Yakin.


By trying to sharpen its edges when sincere, simple empathy suits it fine, “Max” swerves its story in the worst possible direction.

Liam Neeson and Joel Kinnaman play a father and son trying to survive a mobster's wrath in "Run All Night," a 2015 Warner Brothers release.

Run All Night

A well-made movie that could have been better, in which the quiet, talkie parts are more interesting than the mayhem.
Chris Pratt stars as a velociraptor trainer in "Jurassic World," a 2015 Universal Pictures release.

Jurassic World

Pulpy summer fun with more on its mind than you'd think, "Jurassic World" is infused with equal danger, intimacy, intelligence and humor.

New to View: ‘American Sniper’

The highest-grossing film of 2014, George Lucas's animated musical and a Russian melodrama lead this week's crop of new DVD and Blu-ray releases.
Charlize Theron stars as Furiosa in "Mad Max: Fury Road," a 2015 Warner Brothers release and director George Miller's long-awaited continuation of the "Mad Max" film series.

Mad Max: Fury Road

An instant classic and an unforgettable, habit-forming rush you'll crave continuously to mainline the reason we go to movies in the first place.

Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon star in "Hot Pursuit," a 2015 buddy action-comedy directed by Anne Fletcher and distributed by Warner Brothers.

Hot Pursuit

Texas is a big state. By the time the credits roll on "Hot Pursuit," you'll feel like you've crossed it by car and taken the scenic route.
Mel Gibson stars as "Mad" Max Rockatansky in "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," a 1985 Warner Brothers release directed by George Miller and co-starring Tina Turner.

Class of 1985: “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome”

Despite its introduction of the immediately iconic Thunderdome arena, this Mad Max tale can't quite bridge a directorial split.

REEL BOB: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

With road rage, mayhem, wit and touches of grace and humanity, "Mad Max: Fury Road" will stick in your memory for a long time.

New to View: ‘Taken 3’

By Bob Bloom The following Blu-rays and DVDs are being released on Tuesday, April 21: Taken 3: Unrated (Blu-ray + Ultraviolet) Details: 2015, Fox Home Entertainment Rated: Unrated & PG-13 The lowdown: Once again, Liam Neeson creates a massive body count in order to protect his family after he finds himself framed for the murder […]