Safe (review)

A viciously cynical dark fantasy that fashions a new mythos of post-9/11 New York unlike anything we’ve seen, a bleak but all too plausible world of the Russian mob and the Chinese Triads… and the NYPD as just one more gang vying for supremacy.

cinematic roots of: ‘The Expendables’

In *The Expendables,* writer-director-star Sylvester Stallone gathers together a small mercenary army of leftover 80s action stars and a few wannabe youngsters to kick some ass and take some names. This flick sprang from (among other films)…

Gamer (review)

It’s visually incomprehensible, emotionally empty, thematically nihilistic, almost entirely plotless… and it thinks those are virtues.

North American box office: ‘Basterds’ is glorious

Bidness is boomin’ for the Nazi killers: 1. Inglourious Basterds: $38.1 million (NEW) 2. District 9: $18.2 million (2nd week; drops 51%) 3. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra: $12.2 million (3rd week; drops 45%) 4. The Time Traveler’s Wife: $9.7 million (2nd week; drops 42%) 5. Julie & Julia: $8.8 million (3rd week; drops … more…

Death Race (review)

A nominal remake of Roger Corman’s 1975 flick *Death Race 2000* filtered through the hackish auspices of Paul W.S. Anderson.