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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 ...

Bullet to the Head (2012)

Bullet to the Head (2012)

Bullet to the Head    01 Feb 2013

R 92 minReleased

5.7
IMDB: 5.7/10 661 votes

For some reason I’ve only watched this film once and was going to review it when it came out and when this site first started as a smaller blog but never got around to it. I watched it again for the second time last week and as much as I liked this movie when it came out, for reasons I’m not 100% sure of, I fucking love it now. More than ever. Maybe more than The Expendables ...

Shot Caller (2017)

Shot Caller (2017)

Shot Caller    18 Aug 2017

R 121 minReleased

7.3
IMDB: 7.3/10 990 votes

Jacob Harlon (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau of TV’s Game of Thrones) used to be the perfect family man – a working-class stockbroker with a loving wife and son. That all changes during an unfortunate incident that put Jacob behind bars, exposing him to the tough realities of prison life, and destroying his ties with his once-happy family. Several years later, a hardened and transformed Jacob emerges, now going through the moniker “Money”, is released, but soon discovers that once he’s in deep ...

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

The Hitman's Bodyguard    18 Aug 2017

R 118 minReleased

6.9
IMDB: 6.9/10 288 votes

I think everyone here can agree that 2014’s The Expendables 3 was a bust, considering it was highly anticipated by fans of the old 80’s – 90’s action guard… only to be let down by a two-hit KO by its weak “young blood” cast, and then further by its PG-13 rating which only hampered down the action sequences. We expected great things from the film, considering that a lot of the actors in there weren’t getting any younger, and their ...

The Foreigner (2017)

The Foreigner (2017)

The Foreigner    13 Oct 2017

R 113 minReleased

7.0
IMDB: 7.0/10 463 votes

The last two movies starring Jackie Chan left bitter aftertastes in my mind. Railroad Tigers was a mediocre cartoonish romp. Kung Fu Yoga was an even greater disappointment, hokey in every turn until its final scene where the entire movie gave up and descended into Bollywood musical crap. I couldn’t help but think that Jackie is better than these. There was hope. Following Yoga is The Foreigner, a gritty action thriller that pits Chan against ex-007 Pierce Brosnan, adapted from ...

Acts of Vengeance (2017)

Acts of Vengeance (2017)

Acts Of Vengeance    27 Oct 2017

R 87 minReleased

5.7
IMDB: 5.7/10 184 votes

Antonio Banderas seems to be throwing out these manly B-movies faster than most of us can keep up with. The latest is the Isaac Florentine-directed Acts of Vengeance. It was previously titled Stoic, a reference to the writings of Marcus Aurelius and a central theme of the movie. Obviously, the new name is more marketable, probably in more ways than one (some argue that a VOD movie can be moderately more successful on release lists depending on which letter ...

ManHunt (2017)

ManHunt (2017)

Manhunt    04 May 2018

N/A 106 minReleased

5.3
IMDB: 5.3/10 355 votes

John Woo is without a doubt one of the finest action filmmakers alive, so it comes to no surprise that whenever his name is attached to a new project, eyes of action film fans widen. Unfortunately, while not as consistent quantity-wise as other Chinese filmmakers, Woo’s quality track record ever since returning to China has ranged from above-average to just plain meh. Between 2004 and 2017, he has tried to dabble in the epic genre – one grand (Red Cliff) ...

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 ...

Accident Man (2018)

Accident Man (2018)

Accident Man    06 Feb 2018

R 105 minReleased

6.1
IMDB: 6.1/10 304 votes

More than just another cheap, nasty direct-to-video action movie, 2018’s Accident Man actually represents a long-gestating passion project for star/co-writer/co-producer Scott Adkins, and his enthusiasm shines through in the finished product. An adaptation of the “Accident Man” comic strips from the early 1990s written by Pat Mills and Tony Skinner, there is so much flavour, wit and charm to the picture, which elevates it above any number of other low-budget action titles currently flooding the marketplace. Admittedly, there might not ...

The Hurricane Heist (2018)

The Hurricane Heist (2018)

The Hurricane Heist    09 Mar 2018

PG-13 103 minReleased

5.5
IMDB: 5.5/10 264 votes

Rob Cohen can make a bad film look good, and work. Take the first Fast & Furious film, it’s the best in that series because it’s the closest to an old 80s/90s action yarn next to its bloated computerized sequels. This film has a good premise, a heist occurring in a small town while it’s evacuated on account of a large hurricane. It should’ve worked, because Cohen is an underrated director, but it the family themed softness ...