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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 17:42

‘Den of Thieves’ a humdrum heist

There’s a joy to watching heist movies that is tough to find in any other cinematic subgenre. They’re propulsive by nature, with an inherent structure that allows for a steady build to an elaborate and satisfying climax.

Well … hopefully satisfying, anyway.

See, while there’s a lot to love about good heist movies (and even bad ones, really), there are few things worse than a forgettable heist movie, a film that cobbles together a threadbare collection of influences from superior offerings into something that simply … is.

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Friday, 12 January 2018 12:04

'The Commuter' goes off the rails

It seems crazy that it has only been a decade since Liam Neeson, Pierre Morel and Luc Besson joined forces for “Taken,” the film that turned Neeson into a tough guy star and spawned an entire subgenre. And while many actors of a certain age have taken swings at their own old-guy-action movies, Neeson remains the king.

His latest is “The Commuter,” which puts Neeson’s now-typical “everyman-but-not-REALLY-an-everyman” character into yet another bizarrely contrived situation that only his particular set of skills (one of which, in this case, is riding the same train to work every day) can put right.

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 09:54

‘Geostorm’ rains on its own parade

Sci-fi action flick entertainingly terrible

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

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 11:22

‘American Assassin’ doesn’t quite kill it

Action thriller formulaic, but serviceable enough

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 10:16

‘Atomic Blonde’ explodes into action

Spy thriller led by a never-better Charlize Theron

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Propulsive action movie easily the best of the summer so far

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Eighth franchise installment as big, as dumb – and as fun – as ever

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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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Long-delayed action movie falters despite talented cast

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