Sunday, December 21, 2014
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‘Skyfall': Shaken AND stirred!

“Skyfall” Four stars Rating: PG-13, for intense action scenes, sexuality and fleeting profanity Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw, Bérénice Marlohe Daniel Craig’s stint as James Bond has been about rebirth and re-invention, and “Skyfall” is no different, albeit with an intriguing twist: It feels more […]

‘Alex Cross': Impossible to bear

“Alex Cross” 2 stars Starring: Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Edward Burns, Rachel Nichols, Cicely Tyson, Carmen Ejogo, John C. McGinley, Jean Reno Rating: PG-13, and somewhat generously, for considerable nasty violence, disturbing images, profanity, sexual content, drug references and nudity Popular book series is ill-served by vicious, noisy action flick By Derrick Bang Enterprise film […]

Taken 2: Familiarity breeds ennui

“Taken 2″ Three stars Starring: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Rade Serbedzija, Luke Grimes, Leland Orser, Jon Gries, D.B. Sweeney Rating: PG-13, for relentless violence and action I often lament the market-driven ubiquity of sequels, many (most?) of which not only fail to live up to their predecessors, but often taint those happy memories. […]

‘The Expendables 2′: more mindless mayhem

“The Expendables 2″ Three stars Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Yu Nan, Liam Hemsworth, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris Rating: R, for strong bloody violence It’s time once again to buy stock in ordnance manufacturers; Sylvester Stallone and his geezer squad are back […]

The Bourne Legacy: In Good Hands

Four stars; rated PG-13, for considerable violence and action Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Donna Murphy, Stacy Keach, Dennis Boutsikaris, Zeljko Ivanek By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Any doubts about the Bourne film series surviving Matt Damon’s departure can be laid to rest; replacement star Jeremy Renner capably opens a new chapter in Robert Ludlum’s popular franchise. […]

‘The Dark Knight Rises': Opulent and ominous

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ 4 stars Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman Rating: PG-13, and somewhat generously, for intense sequences of violence and action, along with some sensuality and fleeting profanity Unlike the cinematic Superman — always portrayed as the true-blue Boy Scout, as […]

‘Men in Black III’ — Still well-suited

“Men in Black III” Four stars Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Michael Stuhlbarg, Emma Thompson Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and some disgustingly unpleasant monsters Ten years may have passed, but nothing has changed: same gonzo hardware; same outrageous — and dangerous — aliens; same giddy Danny Elfman score; […]

‘Battleship': Deserves to be sunk

“Battleship” One star Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Tadanobu Asano, Liam Neeson, John Tui Rating: PG-13, for intense action violence, mayhem and profanity “Battleship” is a movie for folks who found the “Transformers” flicks too intellectually challenging. Erich and Jon Hoeber’s laughably moronic plot would make a great discussion topic in a […]

‘The Avengers': Well-assembled

“The Avengers” Four stars Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, Gwyneth Paltrow Rating: PG-13, for intense sci-fi action and violence No doubt about it: This is Whedon season. A few weeks ago, Josh Whedon helped redefine the entire horror movie […]