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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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You Only Live Twenty-Thrice: “Casino Royale” (2006)

By the end of this grand, bold reinvention, we know the soul, the complexity and the exciting potential in Craig’s characterization of Bond going forward. Continue reading

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You Only Live Twenty-Thrice: “Die Another Day”

A rocket ride that tests the threshold of craziness and coherence, emerges a top-10 Bond and is the likely swan song of gadget-driven, gee-whiz, what-if 007s. Continue reading

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You Only Live Twenty-Thrice: “The World is Not Enough”

With a bait-and-switch on a badass villain, an obvious central twist and whatever it is that Denise Richards is doing, this is the second-worst Bond film ever. Continue reading

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Dredd 3D

Dredd 3D provides a solemn, low-key conclusion to 2012’s big bang comic book summer.
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