Tag Archives: Action

Armageddon - * *

Armageddon, the second of this year’s death-from-above thrillers (the first being Deep Impact), has entered our atmosphere. And though it hardly fizzles out in the atmosphere, it is far from being a global killer. Just to give you an example … Continue reading

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Black Dog - *

It’s been quite a while since there was a good trucking movie, and the streak doesn’t change with Black Dog. Jack Crews (Patrick Swayze) is an ex-con trying to make ends meet. Imprisoned several years earlier for involuntary manslaughter, he … Continue reading

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Tarzan and the Lost City - 1/2*

Though technically a sequel to Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Tarzan and the Lost City boasts none of the same cast, and even less quality. It’s a difficult task to make a Tarzan movie on the heels of the successful … Continue reading

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The Big Hit - * * *

The Big Hit is a ridiculous ultraviolent action spoof. It does not take itself seriously, and neither should you. It’s not the typical action-comedy, but once you get adjusted to its unique rhythms, it becomes a hilarious satire. Melvin Smiley … Continue reading

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Mercury Rising - *

Bruce Willis needs to stay away from straightforward action pictures. Mercury Rising adds to a growing list (including such stinkers as The Jackal, Last Man Standing, Striking Distance and The Last Boy Scout) of stale actioners he has headlined. And … Continue reading

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Lost in Space - * *

Leave it to Hollywood to remake Lost in Space, a television show that was itself a science fiction retelling of the Swiss Family Robinson. The Lost in Space TV show had devolved into camp after its first season, but though … Continue reading

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Mr. Nice Guy - * 1/2*

Mr. Nice Guy is the latest Jackie Chan film, so you should know what to expect. A weak plot, terrible dialogue, very little acting ability, but some jaw-dropping action sequences that nearly make the rest of it worthwhile. However, Mr. … Continue reading

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U.S. Marshals - * *

Whatever happened to the art of the sequel? OK, I know that, with a few exceptions, sequels have rarely been as good as their predecessors. But at least sequels used to be sequels. These days, you’re more likely to get … Continue reading

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The Replacement Killers - *

Hong Kong action star Chow Yun-Fat follows the lead set by Jackie Chan and Hong Kong directors such as John Woo, Tsui Hark and Stanley Tong in attempting to cross over to the American mainstream. With The Replacement Killers, he … Continue reading

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Hard Rain - * * 1/2*

After stalling for nearly a year, Hard Rain finally makes it to the box office. Previously titled The Flood, the filmmakers quickly renamed it after the deluge of disaster pics, so as not to have it drown in the public’s … Continue reading

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