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Stranglehold

Stranglehold resembles Hard Boiled in that it, like the film, seems largely a series of very pretty, very stylish action sequences unified by only the thinnest veneer of a plot and motivations for characters.

G. Christopher Williams
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Face/Off

This may be the last time the Woo signatures -- slow-mo gun battles flanked by slo-mo birds; "balletic" leaps through the air; two-man Mexican stand-offs -- were effective in a remotely serious manner

Jesse Hassenger
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Windtalkers (2002)

Though it might be argued that Nicolas Cage roaring and contorting in slow motion makes for good action cinema, it's hardly the basis for a thoughtful interrogation of how war works, how it shatters (or otherwise forever changes) participants, and reinforces systemic racism.

Cynthia Fuchs
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