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Black Butterfly (2017)

Black Butterfly (2017)

Black Butterfly    26 May 2017

R 93 minReleased

6.3
IMDB: 6.3/10 278 votes

Black Butterfly is a movie acquired by LionsGate some time ago, a remake of the French TV movie Papillon Noir, a 2008 movie that actually starred Eric Cantona. In this U.S.-set remake, Brian Goodman (one of those acting ‘faces you know’) comes in as a support actor but also to try his hand at directing for the first time since 2008’s What Doesn’t Kill You. He has also recruited Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and a few different ...

Kill ’em All (2017)

Kill ’em All (2017)

Kill'em All    06 Jun 2017

R 96 minReleased

5.2
IMDB: 5.2/10 351 votes

Kill ‘Em All (2017) This is one of the worst movies I’ve seen in years. Maybe one of the top five worst I’ve ever seen and God knows, I’ve watched some trash. It’s Jean Claude Van Damme’s worst movie ever, as far as I can remember right now anyway — most of his stuff this side of the 1990’s has been pretty bad to various degrees. It’s a thoroughly depressing stretch of awful. In this one, the latest DTV ...

Wheelman (2017)

Wheelman (2017)

Wheelman    20 Oct 2017

TV-MA 82 minReleased

6.4
IMDB: 6.4/10 256 votes

Wheelman (2017) If you’re going to try the gimmick of filming an entire (most of it) action/thriller from inside a vehicle, you really need another gimmick on top of that. Maybe even two, such as some type of big and interesting narrative twist and a unique sense of speed that you can only experience inside hurtling car. We don’t really get either here, unfortunately. Frank Grillo plays the title character, who must deliver two criminals to a bank heist, then ...

Jigsaw (2017)

Jigsaw (2017)

Jigsaw    27 Oct 2017

R 92 minReleased

6.1
IMDB: 6.1/10 892 votes

Those Saw movies used to be good, at least the first one. There were so many sequels I don’t really remember if I enjoyed any, maybe the second one wasn’t too bad. The ‘matter of time’ part has passed and now there is another one out there. Ideally, this kind of update comes when someone offers a premise that is too good to resist, but in this case it’s just another case of the money being too ...

The Ritual (2017)

The Ritual (2017)

The Ritual    09 Feb 2018

TV-MA 94 minReleased

6.3
IMDB: 6.3/10 659 votes

The Ritual opens with a group of men in their 30’s discussing a potential ‘man’s trip’, a suitable getaway/holiday. They consider Ibiza and Amsterdam, but conclude that these are boring venues for 20 year olds. Vegas is another option, sort of like The Hangover, and another unique idea is to go hiking through a trail in the Swedish wilderness. And so begins Netflix’s new movie, which rips off Predator, The Blair Witch and The Wicker Man. Based on ...

Spinning Man (2018)

Spinning Man (2018)

Spinning Man    06 Apr 2018

R 100 minReleased

5.6
IMDB: 5.6/10 149 votes

It seems that Pierce Brosnan and Guy Pearce are easier to hire for work these days. Poor old Brosnan in particular has even been hired by the Indians for some bogus mouth wash commercials, that has left Brosnan upset. Now they’re back on the VOD circuit for The Spinning Man, a movie labelled as a mystery thriller. Although there isn’t much in the way of mystery going on, it could have otherwise been ‘average’ were it not ...

The Hateful Eight (2015)

The Hateful Eight (2015)

The Hateful Eight    30 Dec 2015

R 187 minReleased

7.8
IMDB: 7.8/10 528 votes

My biggest beef with this movie is the writing. Entire TV episodes, indeed, entire movies, could be squeezed into the overwrought waste of screen time in this movie where next to nothing happens. 35 minutes of chin wagging in a horse carriage descends to the 95 minute mark where the gassy dialogue continues inside the cabin. Then comes a ‘twist’ that confirms that the entire movie up until that point was redundant. It’s almost like the ...

Summer of 84 (2018)

Summer of 84 (2018)

Summer of 84    10 Aug 2018

Not Rated 105 minReleased

6.8
IMDB: 6.8/10 297 votes

Most manly men, grew up with kid flicks like the Goonies or Gremlins, and since a few years it’s trendy in Hollyweird to make money with neo 80’s material. I didn’t like much the neo 80ies stuffs involving kids as main characters I think they failed.From Super 8 to Stranger Things, or even the most over hyped flick of 2017 : Stephen King’s It. Hot Summer Nights had some qualities though. At last I was pleasantly surprised to watch Summer of 84, ...

Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018)

Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018)

Escape Plan 2: Hades    29 Jun 2018

R 96 minReleased

4.6
IMDB: 4.6/10 452 votes

The postmortem results are in on Escape Plan 2: Hades. The diagnosis was found to be an acute case of Steven C. Miller, with additional traces of greed and laziness. And a while back I mocked Arnold Schwarzenegger for appearing in the execrable Killer Gunther as a film that was a ‘A scam, a con job, the worst film Arnold Schwarzenegger has ever made, or ever will make…’, now the Stallone/Schwarzenegger rivalry continues as the former will once ...

Escape Plan (2013)

Escape Plan (2013)

Escape Plan    18 Oct 2013

R 115 minReleased

6.7
IMDB: 6.7/10 743 votes

We declared Escape Plan to be the Manliest Movie of 2013. None of this ‘it should’ve came 20 years ago’ bullshit. It came at a time when we needed it most. In the midst of a girlie-man takeover of movies, where everything up there on the screen looks like the celluloid equivalent of a bag of Skittles, comes some respite. The big guns have been brought up, this is a beer and steak movie. A genre favorite – the prison ...