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The November Man (2014)

The November Man (2014)

The November Man    27 Aug 2014

R 108 minReleased

6.3
IMDB: 6.3/10 993 votes

“You know what we used to call you, Peter? The November Man, because after you passed through, nothing lived. You were one bleak motherfucker” This might sound at odds with Pierce Brosnan’s grinning James Bond. It is. I wonder if Brosnan watched Taken and appreciated what that movie did for the career of Liam Neeson and thought, “I need some of this.” Brosnan is more callous in this movie, probably more than we’ve ever seen. And it’s good for him ...

The Rover (2014)

The Rover (2014)

The Rover    20 Jun 2014

R 103 minReleased

6.4
IMDB: 6.4/10 469 votes

I really liked this movie. It’s rough and determined and unflinching. Kind of like the original Mad Max, but with elements from The Road replacing the high octane chases. This is David Michôd’s follow up to the underrated Animal Kingdom, which was a depiction of gangsters in contemporary Australia. The Rover is a western, but not a typical one. The old westerns would feature gangs making their way as a country (The United States) developed ...

The Prince (2014)

The Prince (2014)

The Prince    22 Aug 2014

R 93 minReleased

4.6
IMDB: 4.6/10 969 votes

I’ll never understand why men worth many millions appear in movies like this in glorified cameo roles. Bruce Willis, how many millions are enough? How many tens of millions does it take to satisfy you? Shame on you for cashing in on grim garbage like this. Do people like Bruce Willis and John Cusack do it to keep busy? No, that’s no excuse either. Because if that was the case, they wouldn’t show up ...

A Good Man (2014)

A Good Man (2014)

A Good Man    19 Aug 2014

R 100 minReleased

4.7
IMDB: 4.7/10 793 votes

I’m not one of those people who takes aim at Steven Seagal and his movies just for the sake of it. While some see him as an asshole, I prefer to think of the Sensei as… eccentric. And that includes his movies, even the DTV ones with horrible names like ‘A Good Man’. I’ll give his movies a fair shake and to be fair ‘A Good Man’ is one of the better Seagal DTVs. I realise ...

TEKKEN: Kazuya’s Revenge (2014)

TEKKEN: Kazuya’s Revenge (2014)

Tekken: Kazuya's Revenge    N/A

PG-13 90 minReleased

2.8
IMDB: 2.8/10 130 votes

Imagine that your production company one day wins the rights to Tekken, a gargantuan gaming franchise that everybody knows, with famous characters such as Paul Phoenix, Marshall Law, King and others. Then someone somewhere in the food chain decides that virtually none of those characters are going to appear in the movie and that instead, some absolutely putrid screenplay about one man’s psychedelic journey will instead be what the feature is about. This is an execrable movie, and ...

The Expendables 3 (2014)

The Expendables 3 (2014)

The Expendables 3    15 Aug 2014

PG-13 126 minReleased

6.1
IMDB: 6.1/10 155 votes

Years from now people will look back at this slapstick and say, man, what a waste. Technically speaking, it’s the biggest assembly of action stars to ever appear in a movie. Go ahead and look over the others, even the first two movies, they don’t have the fire power on display here. This cast is unprecedented. And given their age and the fact that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, it’ll never happen again. ...

Mercenaries (2014)

Mercenaries (2014)

Mercenaries    05 Aug 2014

Unrated 89 minReleased

3.7
IMDB: 3.7/10 290 votes

Ahead of our review of The Expendables 3, today we take a look at a similar movie, even though it’s got an exclusively female lineup. A female ‘Expendables’ with B-movie action-ettes shooting Asylum’s extras/crew in the middle of some field. Movies like these, like all ensembles, need a good cast. For a second-tier (let’s be generous with that one) movie, the cast isn’t so bad. Brigitte Nielson, Cynthia Rothrock, Zoë Bell and Kristanna Loken. ...

Hercules (2014)

Hercules (2014)

Hercules    25 Jul 2014

PG-13 98 minReleased

6.0
IMDB: 6.0/10 136 votes

Sword and sandals time here, a go-to manly movie genre. This is the second Hercules movie to see a release this year. The first was The Legend Of Hercules, directed by Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger and Die Hard 2) and starring Scott Adkins. But I wouldn’t recommend that movie. Come to think of it, I wouldn’t recommend this one, directed by Brett Ratner (Tower Heist) and starring The Rock, either. The first movie was savaged by ...

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

The Purge: Anarchy    18 Jul 2014

R 103 minReleased

6.5
IMDB: 6.5/10 125 votes

I didn’t much care for the original Purge movie. It had issues but my main problem was the intruders, the people besieging the house, hanging out on the front lawn. For that, they cast a bunch of catwalk models who were about as intimidating as a bowl of cold soup. Sorry, but if Rhys Wakefield shows up on your lawn with a bunch of young girls threatening your family, merely opening the door should see them off. ...

Need for Speed (2014)

Need for Speed (2014)

Need for Speed    14 Mar 2014

PG-13 132 minReleased

6.5
IMDB: 6.5/10 154 votes

The challenge in a shit movie like this is to resist the temptation to get up and walk out. I almost did several times. The closest times were when the movie went into Justin Lin/Fast & Furious territory with cars flying seventy feet through the air, then six hundred feet through the air as I remembered the director of this movie talking a big game about realistic chase sequences. Weird, because this shit is light years and galaxies away from ...