Articles tagged action

‘Allied’ and the Tired Fumes of Nostalgia

Despite an appealing cast, Robert Zemeckis' WWII romance relies too heavily on its influences and too little on engaging drama.

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Violence Is the Vehicle, Not the Point, in ‘Headshot’

Headshot puts a few well-known action movies through something of a blender to come up with a strangely brilliant concoction.

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All Hail The King: Kong - Skull Island Reigns Supreme

Savage violence and a surprisingly strong focus on character dynamics make Kong: Skull Island the most wickedly delightful action-adventure romp of the year so far.

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It’s Good to Be King in ‘Kong - Skull Island’

Jordan Vogt-Roberts’s monster mash may be one long setup for future films, but if the monsters are going to look this good, we should let them keep fighting.

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2 Mar 2017 // 4:00 AM

The Reluctant Superhero: Marvel TV in the ‘70s

Before the rise of the MCU, Marvel attempted to bring some of its most famous superheroes to television.

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By Focusing on Androids, ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Risks Losing Some of Its Humanity

Focusing on the technology is a missed opportunity for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to truly explore issues of "otherness".

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How ‘Gotham’ Re-Invents Batman’s Sexual Politics

Fox's Gotham finally gives DC an edge over Marvel as it interweaves morality and sexuality into a sophisticated narrative.

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Art Transforms in Brad Bird’s Pop Americana Film, ‘The Iron Giant’

This film takes a revisionist approach to forms of American popular culture and mythology -- the Atomic Age, comic books, sci-fi, mid-century design -- and depicts a fierce battle between orthodoxy and individual vision.

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Bloody ‘Logan’ Is a Worthy Sendoff for Hugh Jackman

Director James Mangold imagines a world in which superheroes must face their own mortality.

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The Fun Is Trapped on the Wrong Side of ‘The Great Wall’

The Great Wall strives to indict the selfish consumerism that defines Western culture, but its monsters get in the way.

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John Huston and Truman Capote’s Bizarre Confection, ‘Beat the Devil’

Beat the Devil, playing at the Film Forum, is so tongue-in-cheek that it would seem to have caused disfiguration.

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‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ Is Therapy for the Caped Crusader

Chris McKay’s blast of comic-geek humor tweaks the Dark Knight’s gothic pretensions while teaching him the importance of that old Sesame Street standby: teamwork.

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‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ Kills It

Chad Stahelski’s master class in operatic violence gives you everything you expect in thrillingly unexpected ways.

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‘Ben-Hur’: Once More Around the Circus Maximus

This Ben-Hur remake wants to teach against the rift that drives Ben-Hur and Messala to extreme lengths while still glorying in bloody revenge.

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‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’: Watch Out for the Little Guy

Tom Cruise's Jack may be smaller and older than Lee Child's Jack, but that just adds to the character's remarkability.

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‘24 - Legacy’ Is Fox’s Post-Super Bowl Post-Truth Bomb

24: Legacy and the dilemma of mediating a xenophobic aesthetic resurgence.

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The Sanctity of Endings in ‘Dark Souls III’

The Sable Church tells us to work towards the Darkness, yet it also tells us not to let the First Flame go out; it tells us to take the flame for ourselves.

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Hardline Feminism and Unfettered Capitalism in the Action-Masala, ‘Mannan’

How does a beautiful young corporate bigwig control a rambunctiously charismatic Alpha-male trade unionist?

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Secret Identities and Secret Codes in Ken Hughes and Jack Gold Films

The Internecine Project and Who?: Two twisty, methodical, unusual thrillers whose heroes are masters of secret codes.

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‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: “Laws of Inferno Dynamics” Offers a Welcome Return to Science Over Magic

As the team puts its collective heads together, they find the answers are more science than supernatural.

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'Steep' Loves Its Mountains

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"SSX wanted you to fight its mountains, Steep wants you to love its mountains.

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