HER TIME IS NOW. In 2563, Earth has been devastated; scientist Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) finds a female cyborg in the junkyard, gives her a new body and learns that she has great powers. This 3D adaptation of the Japanese manga series was long in the making, but the final result is worth a look. … Continue reading Alita: Battle Angel
LEFT WITH NOTHING. CAPABLE OF ANYTHING. In Chicago, a seasoned criminal (Liam Neeson) and his team are killed by an explosion, eventually forcing their widows to complete a heist the men were planning. This forceful remake of the 1983-1985 British series marks Steve McQueen’s more than capable entry into action-thriller territory. Tension remains high while … Continue reading Widows
NEW ROADS AHEAD. The old team is rounded up one more time for a top secret government mission, but they’re all seemingly betrayed by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) who’s working with a new dangerous foe (Charlize Theron)… The eighth chapter in the Fast and the Furious saga has a razor-thin story for a movie as … Continue reading The Fate of the Furious
EVIL GOES GLOBAL. Alice (Milla Jovovich) wakes up and finds herself a prisoner inside a facility deep underwater; with help from a former Umbrella agent, she needs to get in touch with a rescue team on the surface. The fifth film in the series is an improvement on the last three entries, thanks to its … Continue reading Resident Evil: Retribution
VENGEANCE HITS HOME. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew are targeted by the brother (Jason Statham) of their latest nemesis, who wants revenge. Horror director James Wan’s first action pic firmly takes this franchise into Mission: Impossible territory, but forgets basic rules. We have to believe that the good guys are actually in danger … Continue reading FuriousSeven
ALL ROADS LEAD TO THIS. Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) tracks down and hires Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew to go after a former British Special Forces soldier who destroyed a Russian military convoy. This jaw-droppingly popular franchise was cleverly rejuvenated in Fast Five (2011) and number six follows that template, mixing an international … Continue reading Furious 6
HE KNOWS THE SCORE. HE GETS THE WOMEN. AND HE KILLS THE BAD GUYS! A Texas businessman (Jeff Fahey) hires a Mexican worker, Machete, (Danny Trejo) to kill a corrupt State Senator (Robert De Niro), but he doesn’t know that Machete is a former federal agent with a violent past… Robert Rodriguez developed one of … Continue reading Machete
IT’S NOT WAR. IT’S SURVIVAL. When spacecraft made up to look like meteorites land in the oceans all over the world, a war begins; Iraq War veteran Michael Nantz (Aaron Eckhart) arrives in Los Angeles with his platoon. There’s nothing here you haven’t seen before. You’ve got your pretty speeches about heroism, young Marines who … Continue reading Battle: Los Angeles
Too many ingredients and aspects of Avatar are too reminiscent of other movies or simply too silly. But here it is in all its glory, trying to meet expectations that have built ever since James Cameron made Titanic (1997). The way technology has been used in the making of the movie has indeed been revolutionary. What audiences will … Continue reading Avatar: Bonding With Aliens
In early 2004, J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof took the concept for Lost that had been created by Jeffrey Lieber and turned it into something ABC felt comfortable to spend money on. Basic ideas and thoughts for a project that would run four or five seasons were outlined. The pilot became one of the most expensive ever shot … Continue reading Lost: Monsters and Hatches and Polar Bears, Oh My!
NEW MODEL. ORIGINAL PARTS. When Dominic Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) girlfriend is murdered, he reluctantly partners up with Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), now in the FBI, in an attempt to bring the responsible to justice. This wildly imaginatively titled fourth chapter of the franchise opens and ends with plenty of bang for your buck, but most of the … Continue reading Fast & Furious
EVEN COPS DIAL 911. S.W.A.T. veteran Dan “Hondo” Harrelson (Samuel L. Jackson) is trying to get the L.A. unit in shape; the team is about to take on a very dangerous drug kingpin. This entertaining movie version of the unremarkable 1975-1976 TV series hardly gives a credible portrayal of a S.W.A.T. team, but that doesn’t … Continue reading S.W.A.T.
A SECRET EXPERIMENT. A DEADLY VIRUS. A FATAL MISTAKE. A virus has been released inside The Hive, a secret underground facility, turning the lab workers into zombies; a military task force is deployed to take care of the problem. The following battle against a superintelligent computer that controls The Hive is run-of-the-mill, but this adaptation of … Continue reading Resident Evil