Posts Tagged ‘action’’

Max Power

Steve Carell makes over a bumbling superspy for a new age in Get Smart.
Kristian Lin
Back in the summer of 1984, Beverly Hills Cop and Ghostbusters ruled the box offices as big-ticket action thrillers headlined by comedians.


Crouching Tiger, Eating Panda

This roly-poly animated kung fu comedy hits home.
Kristian Lin
The latest animated family film from DreamWorks Animation, Kung Fu Panda is not as much fun as Kung Fu Hustle, but it’s much better than Kung Pow: Enter the Fist.



DNF

Have a need for speed? Bypass Speed Racer, a TV cartoon come to misbegotten life.
Kristian Lin
Here’s why certain men of a certain age are huge fans of Speed Racer.


Survivor Girl

The secret of Nim is the location of a girl’s island home in this overly silly family film.
Kristian Lin
Wendy Orr wrote a story when she was nine years old.



The Top 10

... and a lot of great performances coming in pairs.
Kristian Lin
Usually when I assemble the picks for my year-end list of the best movies, there’s a lot of flux among the choices as I get closer to deadline.


Arabesque

The politically aware action thriller The Kingdom has something for everyone.
Kristian Lin
The Kingdom is the fourth movie directed by Peter Berg, and it’s obviously his bid to join that elite club of filmmakers whose action thrillers appeal to both the popcorn-eating masses and the socially conscious moviegoers.



Desert Dogs

High-falootin’ scootin’ shootin’ sons of guns from Arizona hold up the 3:10 to Yuma.
Kristian Lin
3:10 to Yuma began life as a Western short story written by Elmore Leonard in 1953, before he made his reputation writing crime fiction.


Three Up, Three Down

Small essays on the men behind the Rush Hour series and the passage of time.
Kristian Lin
Surely no one will be surprised to learn that there’s nothing in Rush Hour 3 that can’t be found in either of the first two movies.



Angry Spider

The wall-crawler’s third film tries to do too much, but it’s fascinating all the same.
Kristian Lin
The last shot of Spider-Man 2 was a close-up of MJ Watson (Kirsten Dunst) as she watched her beloved superhero web off into the distance, with mixed emotions all over her face.


Amusing Angel

The Shaun of the Dead guys are back and badder than ever with this comical cop thriller.
Kristian Lin
Attention, Hollywood: Look at Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg. These British guys are doing your jobs, and on a fraction of your budget.