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Sabotage

A cacophonous, purposeless mishmash of mayhem and murder whose stink nestles in the nostrils while asking far too much of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Continue reading

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Class of 1983: “Scarface”

A dishonest character choice sets “Scarface” back, but it’s still a bleakly funny, compulsively watchable template for the criminal deconstruction of the American Dream. Continue reading

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Class of 1993: “Carlito’s Way”

With unexpected humanism and a dynamic Al Pacino performance, “Carlito’s Way” remains the best film of Brian De Palma’s compelling, often confounding, career. Continue reading

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Snitch

The Rock serves up some vigilante justice in “Snitch.” Unfortunately, the schizophrenic plot muddles any and all potential for social commentary. Continue reading

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Hermano

“Hermano” is a heartfelt and brutal tale of brotherhood set in the eclectic barrios of Venezuela. Continue reading

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You Only Live Twenty-Thrice: “Licence to Kill”

Timothy Dalton didn’t have much time to probe 007’s psyche. But the small things add up to a bigger accomplishment than is usually acknowledged. Continue reading

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You Only Live Twenty-Thrice: “Live and Let Die”

Roger Moore would have higher highs and lower lows. Still, “Live and Let Die” is a fine introduction to a 007 more prone to crack wise than crack heads. Continue reading

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Savages

A modern day “Romeo & Juliet” tale as told by Oliver Stone, “Savages” is every bit as violent as it is mediocre. Continue reading

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21 Jump Street

Channing Tatum is an unexpected riot. The script has some fun, winking touches. The film is brazen, brash and blustery. Too bad it’s not more of a blast. Continue reading

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Project X

Far less ambitious and audacious than it thinks it is, “Project X” is the sort of party where there’s too much booting and not enough rallying. Continue reading

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