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May 2015

‘Wanted’ Is a Spaghetti Western That Will Leave You Wanting

The charisma of Giuliano Gemma and some stellar action sequences can't save this sub-par spaghetti western.


Double Take: ‘Fantasia’ Muses on Music

Fantasia stands alone as a virtuoso tribute to the virtuosity of its music.


The 10 Most Ridiculous ‘Mad Max’ Rip-Offs

Mad Max was a vision so viable it lead to a string of sloppy imitators. Here are 10 films that followed George Miller's post-apocalyptic designs to a fault.


‘42nd Street’ Is Still a Young and Healthy Musical

42nd Street invented or perfected all the clichés of the backstage musical.


Chaos Reigns in ‘Mad Max - Fury Road’

George Miller’s magnificently crazed half-sequel, half-do-over reimagines the original post-apocalyptic action saga as an even more savage, but yet strangely thoughtful, battle for survival in the wreckage.


Yakuza Formula Plus Cool Style Equals ‘Massacre Gun’

The chipmunk-cheeked Joe Shishido leads up this 1967 "borderless action" film from Japan.


‘Blindman’ Is the Peerless Freak of Spaghetti Westerns

Blindman is a triumph that flawlessly blends the tenets of trash cinema with the virtues of the spaghetti western.


Is Black Widow Still a Hero? Dissecting the Misogynistic Outrage Against the Avengers

Black Widow may very well be the pinnacle of the modern action heroine, so why is there so much backlash about her role in the new Avengers film?


The Best and Worst Films of Spring 2015

January through April is a time typically made up of award season leftovers, pre-summer spectacle, and more than a few throwaways. Here are PopMatters' choices for the best and worst of the last four months.


“Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” Is Cute but Spooky

This flick is a superficial but eye-popping survey for armchair nature tourists.


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'Wanted' Is a Spaghetti Western That Will Leave You Wanting

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"The charisma of Giuliano Gemma and some stellar action sequences can't save this sub-par spaghetti western.

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