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Stylish action sequel doesn’t quite measure up to its predecessor

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Propulsive action movie easily the best of the summer so far

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 10:44

Giving up the ‘Ghost’

Anime remake “Ghost in the Shell” misfires

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 11:55

Go go ‘Power Rangers’

Kiddie action reboot flawed, but sort of fun

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 12:51

Keanu versus everyone – again

“John Wick: Chapter 2” a smart, sharp action outing

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 12:04

Action by the numbers - 'The Accountant'

Affleck thriller uneven, but entertaining nevertheless

Ben Affleck is nestled firmly in the Hollywood sweet spot right now. He's got his massive superhero franchise connection. He gets to act in and/or direct awards-bait prestige projects while tossing in the occasional standard-issue popcorn flick if he feels like it.

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Wednesday, 03 July 2013 10:43

National insecurity White House Down'

Tatum, Foxx a dynamic duo

Hollywood loves offering up ideas in pairs. Whether you're talking about asteroids ('Deep Impact' and Armageddon'), volcanoes ('Volcano' and 'Dante's Peak') or even animated insects ('Antz' and 'Bug's Life'), we often see films with similar concepts appear at roughly the same time.

In 2013, one of those paired ideas is 'terrorists take over the White House.' We've already seen 'Olympus Has Fallen' this year, where Gerard Butler has to fight his way through the White House. Now, it's Channing Tatum's turn in 'White House Down.'

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:28

The Expendables 2' explodes

Action homage/parody full of exciting excess

How many action stars can comfortably fit in a film?

Sylvester Stallone seems bound and determined to find out with 'The Expendables 2,' the second installment in Stallone's ongoing deconstruction of the 1980s action film. The first movie felt like a bit of a novelty, but for this second one to succeed, Stallone was going to have to take things to the next level.

So he did.

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I love movies with drama, action and suspense. Throw in some big name actors like John Travolta ('From Paris with Love'), Salma Hayek ('Puss in Boots'), Blake Lively ('The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants'), and Benicio Del Toro ('The Wolfman') and it's bound to a be a hit, right? Wrong!

'Savages' is, well, how do I put this...Purely savage! The bloody film focuses on two California friends Chon (Taylor Kitsch) and Ben (Aaron Johnson) who start their own marijuana-growing operation after Chon, a former Navy seal returns from Afghanistan with the 'best of the best' marijuana seeds. The two make a good living off the illegal drug and so does their partner in crime, Dennis (Travolta), a crooked DEA agent. However, everything starts to spiral out of control when the Mexican Baja Cartel (run by Hayek and her underling, Del Toro) want to partner with the boys. The guys refuse at first, which is not an option as far as the Cartel is concerned. So the duo offer to sell their entire business to the Cartel, which again isn't a viable choice since the Mexicans need to know how the friends' growing techniques produce some of the purest drugs on the market. In order to drive their point home, the Cartel steals the boys' shared girlfriend, Ophelia (Blake Lively) and hold her for ransom. The rest of the movie, viewers see how quickly Chon and Ben turn from peaceful drug users and producers to murders, thieves and blackmailers in an attempt to recover the girl they both love.

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