American Made

2017 Universal Pictures/Cross Creek Pictures/Imagine Entertainment/Quadrant Pictures/Vendian Entertainment/Kylin Pictures Directed by Doug Liman Produced by Brian Grazer/Brian Oliver/Tyler Thompson/Doug Davison/Kim Roth Written by Gary Spinelli Having pretty much devoted himself to action movies for the last decade or so it’s easy to forget that Tom Cruise was once regarded as one hell of a dramatic […]

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Sabotage

  2014 Albert S. Ruddy Productions Directed by David Ayer Produced by Bill Block, David Ayer, Ethan Smith, Paul Hanson and Palek Patel Written by Skip Woods and David Ayer I’m going to put my neck out there and say that I truly and honestly admire Arnold Schwarzenegger for what he does in SABOTAGE. This […]

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Shaft In Africa

1973 MGM/Warner Bros. Directed by John Guillermin Produced by Roger Lewis Written by Stirling Silliphant Based on characters created by Ernest Tidyman For a character who is usually described as being “the black James Bond” John Shaft actually didn’t do a lot of stuff we associate with James Bond. John Shaft in his first two […]

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Dredd

2012 Entertainment Film Distributors/Lionsgate Directed by Pete Travis Produced by Alex Garland and Andrew MacDonald Written by Alex Garland Based on the character “Judge Dredd” created by John Wagner and Carols Ezquerra I miss the huge eagle shoulder emblem and that honkin’ huge chain. Really. I can understand why that shoulder emblem is impractical for […]

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The Killer Elite

1975 United Artists Directed by Sam Peckinpah Produced by Martin Baum Screenplay by Marc Norman and Stirling Silliphant Based on the novel “Monkey In The Middle” by Robert Rostand THE KILLER ELITE is most definitely a lesser Peckinpah entertainment. But lesser Sam Peckinpah is still better than most other directors on their best days. It […]

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Bucktown

1975 MGM/UA Home Entertainment Directed by Arthur Marks Written by Bob Ellison Produced by Bernard Schwartz Whenever Blaxplotation fans get together and start discussing their favorite movies of the genre, I guarantee that BUCKTOWN is in the top ten, if not the top five. And with good reason. It stars three icons of the Blaxploitation […]

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Hanna

2011 Focus Features Directed by Joe Wright Produced by Marty Adelstein Screenplay by David Farr   HANNA is a movie that I fear I may be doing a disservice to as I wasn’t in the mood for the type of movie it is.  It’s an espionage/revenge film with some nifty fight scenes (Eric Bana has […]

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