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'The Raid 2' Raises the Stakes on Indonesian Action
Published 04/16/2014 at 10:34 a.m.
If The Raid: Redemption was a bone-snapping ballet, The Raid 2: Berandal is a sprawling symphony of carnage that plays out in a series of brutal, gory smackdowns.
Captain America Trades World War II Action for Cold War Paranoia in 'The Winter Soldier'
Published 04/09/2014 at 9:50 a.m.
Winter Soldier is all about giving Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) a chance to figure out his role in a world that moved on without him.
Darren Aronofsky Gets All Freaky With the Biblical Tale of 'Noah'
Published 04/02/2014 at 11:05 a.m.
In case it hasn’t been made abundantly clear, this is not your Sunday school teacher’s Noah—unless your Sunday school teacher was completely bonkers and spiced up the story with six-armed rock monsters, crazy armadillo-dog creatures, bloody fight scenes, and enough ...
TV’s Famously Sardonic Hound Makes It to the Big Screen in 'Mr. Peabody and Sherman'
Published 03/12/2014 at 10:17 a.m.
The trademark snarkiness that distinguished the property in the 1960s is not altogether missing from this polished big-screen adaptation, but there’s a pronounced swing toward sentimentality that, at least for adult viewers, doesn’t always serve it well. Luckily, Mr. Peabody’s ...
B-Movie Maestro Paul W.S. Anderson Manages Some Rousing Campy Destruction in 'Pompeii'
Published 02/26/2014 at 2:01 p.m.
Pompeii is an entertaining chunk of kitschy sword-and-sandal camp, and the volcanic smackdown that takes up the final third of the film is pretty spectacular.
José Padilha Engineers a Surprisingly Competent Upgrade of 'RoboCop'
Published 02/19/2014 at 10:51 a.m.
It’s far less violent and satirical—and, okay, less fun—than Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original, but as off-season remakes go, it’s far better than might have been expected.
The Instruction Manual Goes Out the Window in the Surprisingly Subversive 'Lego Movie'
Published 02/12/2014 at 10 a.m.
The film’s narrative construction mimics the way kids play with Legos; it’s a completely deranged jumble of mismatched parts, cannibalized from a dizzying array of franchises, that somehow work beautifully together.
'Devil’s Due' Does Little to Justify Its Own Existence
Published 01/23/2014 at 9:24 a.m.
It’s hard to imagine the sort of Bizarro World where Devil’s Due would be even passably entertaining.
'The Marked Ones' Takes the 'Paranormal Activity' Franchise in a New But Uninspired Direction
Published 01/08/2014 at 9:55 a.m.
The Marked Ones is both a pleasant surprise and a disappointment. It’s better than cynical fans had any reason to expect, but it never capitalizes on its advantages.
Martin Scorcese and Leonardo DiCaprio Revel in ’90s Excess in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
Published 01/02/2014 at 11:19 a.m.
Anyone looking for the moralistic heart pumping away at the core of The Wolf of Wall Street will be sorely disappointed. At 71, director Martin Scorsese doesn’t seem interested in taking anyone to task for the sordid behavior rendered so ...