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John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum | Chad Stahelski

May 16, 2019

There’s something clunky about the title John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum. Parabellum means “prepare for war”, and this third entry in Keanu Reeves’ saga of the greatest hitman who ever lived is indeed in conflict with itself. What began as a simple story of revenge for a murdered pet has taken on a remarkable and, turns out, remarkably cumbersome mythology that threatens to overwhelm a series of stunning action sequences that rank among the most technically elegant and gorgeously photographed…

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#BlockbusterBeat by Daniel Gorman Film

Hellboy | Neil Marshall

Other than as blatant studio IP management, there is no real reason for this Hellboy to exist. Some executive realized, hey, we have a superhero comic book character just sitting there, going unused, waiting for franchise rebirth. The problem is that the first two…

April 19, 2019
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Sicario | Denis Villeneuve

After a raid gone bad, FBI Agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt, on a hell of a winning streak) is detailed by a “consultant” (Josh Brolin), probably CIA, to ride shotgun on what’s supposed to be a trip to Phoenix but turns out to be…

September 22, 2015
by Matt Lynch Film

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 | Francis Lawrence

After two Hunger Games films setting the stage for revolution in the future dystopia of PanEm, audiences are apparently finally ready for a third film setting up a feature-length climax evidently to be offered next year. In the fine tradition of modern studio-franchise moviemaking,…

November 20, 2014
by Steve Carlson Film

Kick-Ass | Matthew Vaughn

The problem with Kick-Ass is that it has too much Kick-Ass in it. That statement could be read a couple of ways, all true. There’s a terrific story and a terrific film in this material—there’s probably several terrific films, truth be told—but for Matthew Vaughn’s…

April 20, 2010
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