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Gangster Squad

Blunt and brisk in its own inoffensive way, “Gangster Squad” is still a piece of meathead cinema and one that’s mostly sizzle, no steak. Continue reading

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Oblivion

“Oblivion” makes some ill-advised narrative decisions and largely wastes Tom Cruise, but a curious combination of analog patience and digital prowess saves it. Continue reading

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Zero Dark Thirty

One of 2012’s greatest films is one of 2013’s bigger Blu-ray disappointments thus far, at least as comprehensive special features are concerned. Continue reading

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A Good Day to Die Hard

“A Good Day to Die Hard” delivers on it’s promise of grandiose gunfire and seat-shaking explosions. Yet, if you’re looking for that memorable McClane wit or even an interesting storyline, turn away now. Continue reading

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The Last Stand

A star on his game. Clever humor. Hellacious setpieces. When it comes to what you need for live-action “Looney Tunes” mayhem, ble, ble, ble, that’s all, folks. Continue reading

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Zero Dark Thirty

A procedural that’s not dry or dispassionate. A subtle, nuanced character study. A throat-clenching action film. Kathryn Bigelow’s latest is one of 2012’s best. Continue reading

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Killing Them Softly

Terrific performances, stylish direction and gloriously fetid monologues, but this grungy gangster pic feels like a clunky referendum on today’s administration. Continue reading

The Expendables 2

The Expendables are back and blowing every bad guy and ’80s action movie cliche out of the water. Continue reading

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The Man with the Iron Fists

“Fists” is never an adrenaline-spiking martial arts movie. But it feels flung forth straight from RZA’s junior-high notebook, with badass conviction and charm. Continue reading

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You Only Live Twenty-Thrice: “Quantum of Solace”

Often to the detriment of what makes Bond Bond, “Quantum” doesn’t slow down for much. But when it does, it does so for the right reasons. Continue reading

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