Posts Tagged ‘action’’
Venus in Fur opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Venus in Fur (R) Roman Polanski directs this French-language adaptation of David Ives’ play about a theatrical director (Mathieu Amalric) who holds an audition for an actress (Emmanuelle Seigner) who wants to star in...


Iko Uwais and Cecep Arif Rahman go at each other with curved blades in a restaurant kitchen in The Raid 2.

Power Raid

This sequel to the Indonesian martial-arts gem is even bigger and badder.
KRISTIAN LIN
When I reviewed The Raid: Redemption two years ago, I asked, “When was the last time you saw a badass Indonesian film?” Many people chose that martial-arts film as their maiden experience, and so we have the sequel The Raid...



Aaron Paul focuses behind the wheel in Need for Speed.

Chasing Cars

Between Fast & Furious movies, Need for Speed will tide you over adequately.
KRISTIAN LIN
OK, this one’s easy. Disney is looking for its own car-chase movie to rival The Fast & The Furious while that series is on a break. Electronic Arts is looking for a movie version of their best-selling video game series an...


I, Frankenstein opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: I, Frankenstein (PG-13) Aaron Eckhart stars in this supernatural thriller as the mad scientist’s creation who has survived into the modern age to take part in a war between gargoyles and demons. Also with Yvonne Stra...



Chris Pine and Keira Knightley prepare for a night on the town with the bad guys in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

Ryan’s Hope

The Jack Ryan reboot Shadow Recruit goes better than the last one.
KRISTIAN LIN
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is the fifth big-screen adventure of the all-American superspy invented by Tom Clancy, the second one that imagines Jack as a young man, and the first whose story isn’t taken directly from one of Cla...


Mark Wahlberg tries to make it out of Afghanistan in Lone Survivor.

SEALs on the Ground

Lone Survivor shows Peter Berg in need of a new act.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’m trying to figure out whether Peter Berg is a formerly promising filmmaker who has turned into a hack, or if that early promise was all in my head. I dismissed his critical and commercial flop from last year, Battleship, a...



Keanu Reeves makes his directing debut.

Tiger Burning Bright

A new star, an old discipline, and Keanu Reeves come together in Man of Tai Chi.
KRISTIAN LIN
When you think of t’ai chi, you probably think of old Chinese people in a park making slow, sweeping, graceful movements with their arms. (Maybe this image comes to mind even if you’re of Chinese descent, like me.) In Man o...


Hugh Jackman battles Japanese ninja warriors in The Wolverine.

Busted Blocks

A meditation on The Wolverine and sagging summer tentpoles.
KRISTIAN LIN
Last month, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas made waves in the world of cinema by questioning the sustainability of Hollywood’s current economic model. The directors didn’t really say much that other economists and industr...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Deep in the Heart (PG-13) Jon Gries (Napoleon Dynamite) stars in this drama as a recovering alcoholic determined to put his kids through college. Also with Elaine Hendrix, Rheagan Wallace, James Haven, Donny Boaz, Kath...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Safe House (R) Ryan Reynolds stars in this thriller as a young CIA agent charged with protecting an arrested traitor (Denzel Washington) after an agency safe house is attacked. Also with Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson, ...