January 25, 2013 |
One of the more prolific butt-kickers in recent years, Jason Statham has carved out a nice niche playing the antihero with a heart of gold. His characters may break the law from time to time, but they ultimately do the right thing, stop the bad guy, save the girl, crack a few jokes and look sharp doing it. Statham's title role in the new crime thriller "Parker" (based on the Donald E. Westlake novel "Flashfire") finds the action hero up to his usual tricks, this time as a principled thief seeking revenge on his double-crossing crew.
November 20, 2012 |
Would that all indie films translated to the stage as well as “86'd” at Theatre 68. Jon Polito and Darryl Armbruster's dark comedy about collective moral equivalency in a late-night diner weathers some blips in tone and casting to hold us in uncomfortably laughing thrall. Based on the 1996 direct-to-video “Just Your Luck,” written by Todd Alcott and Gary Auerbach , “86'd” occupies an archetypal lower Manhattan greasy spoon, superbly designed by Danny Cistone . At rise, veteran cop Carl (Ed Dyer)
October 11, 2012 |
It's not only Americans who can make leaden, video game-style exercises in dumb war action. French import "Special Forces" whips up a lot of the same swirling camerawork, macho theatrics and fast-cutting mayhem we expect from testosterone-fueled Hollywood as it tells the tale of a tight-knit band of Gallic soldiers - led by a stoic Djimon Hounsou - tasked with rescuing a war correspondent (Diane Kruger) from Taliban captivity in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Writer/producer/director Stephane Rybojad likes his Islamic fundamentalists childishly ruthless, his Afghani victims helpless and his first-person-shooter heroes full of spit, vinegar and martyr-laced bravado.
September 19, 2012 |
ALEPPO, Syria - The elderly woman, covered in a long black gown and matching headdress, was despondent. Tears of anguish flooded her eyes. She stood at the entrance to the cobblestone streets of the Old City, pleading with the rebel fighter. "Why can't you get the bakeries running?" she implored, saying she had spent four hours seeking fresh bread for her family. "We are not accustomed to living like this. " At the receiving end of her exhortations was a strapping 27-year-old country boy with a white T-shirt, sandals and a rifle who called himself Abu Mohammed.
August 16, 2012 |
Mixing awkward dating humor, starry-eyed sentiment and James Bond-ian set pieces, "Ek Tha Tiger" is a relentlessly superficial - nigh, ridiculous - entertainment, but manages to protect its story twists the old-fashioned way, through star power, picturesque locations (Ireland, Cuba, Turkey) and pleasurably choreographed action. The lavishly produced Bollywood action love story starts from an admittedly unusual point in the spy-vanquisher genre: career fatigue and romantic longing.
August 8, 2012 |
Sixteen different golfers have won the last 16 major championships — it's the longest, and most diverse list of major winners in the sport since the 1940s — and Tiger Woods isn't anywhere in this group photo. Padraig Harrington is the last player to double up in a major, winning the 2008 British Open and PGA Championship, but since then it has been a new name every time. This group of 16 includes winners from five continents and seven countries, with a dozen players claiming their first major in this span.
August 3, 2012 |
Set in contemporary South Korea, director Park Jung-woo's "Deranged" centers on an outbreak of parasitic worms that begin to invade humans. The creatures first trigger in their hosts an extreme increase in appetite, then thirst; then the victims drown themselves. Before long, the government discovers that a single pharmaceutical company has an antidote to the infestation but seems to be holding the health of the nation hostage. More like the recent international virus movie"Contagion" than the Korean monster hit "The Host," "Deranged" is sharply interested in process, how things happen and why. A low-level pharmaceutical salesman (Kim Myung-min)
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May 22, 2012 |
Two men charged in state court in connection with the brutal beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow will each face federal charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, authorities said Tuesday. Marvin Norwood and Louie Sanchez were arrested last year and charged with felony assault and mayhem in the attack on Stow in one of the parking lots at Dodger Stadium on March 31, 2011. The U.S. attorney's office added the weapons charges in a 14-page indictment. If convicted of the charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, each man faces up to 10 years in federal prison.
April 19, 2012 |
The enduring impression of the Stanley Cup playoffs should be the skill and endurance required to succeed during two months of fierce competition, not of Chicago's Marian Hossa being strapped to a stretcher after he took a vicious hit to the head from Phoenix forward Raffi Torres. The talk during the best time of the hockey season should be about good hits, deft goal scoring and acrobatic saves, not Pittsburgh's Arron Asham cross-checking Brayden Schenn in the throat while the Philadelphia forward was on his back.
January 30, 2012 |
Sunday was supposed to be the day the sports potatoes got off their couches. This is the NFL's contribution to society. No games — and no, the Pro Bowl is not a game. It is an exhibition. The kids down the block playing flag football hit harder. It is a day to be devoid of five guys, sitting at a table in a TV studio, making six-figure salaries to state the obvious for an audience that will nod in deep appreciation at being told that the Patriots need to establish their running game.