expendables

‘Expendables 3′ is high-quality, brainless entertainment

They’re back. The washed-out, grungy, mercenary-assassin Expendables team returns to conquer another affluent bad guy in various fictional third-world countries oppressed by military corruption. Despite the change in director, the Patrick Hughes production is yet again reduced to the modern action movie archetype: guns, explosions, action sequences and corny one-liners. Read More…

tmnt

Latest ‘TMNT’ flick outshined by ’90s ancestor

Under the direction of Michael Bay’s production company Platinum Dunes, New York’s greatest sewer heroes receive an unenthusiastic reboot in the latest “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” By forbidding the use of “cowabunga,” deciding to omit “turtle power” and by having a severe lack of pizza consumption, the Jonathan Liebesman film Read More…

THE GIVER

Nothing to receive from ‘The Giver’

Imagine a perfect world without pain. A world without suffering, without agony and without misery. Life without fear. This is the world “The Giver” imagines. But a bargain such as this one cannot exist without evil demands. “The Giver” is that one dystopian novel by Lois Lowry that every kid Read More…

calvary

Faith and life on the verge in ‘Calvary’

“I first tasted semen when I was 7 years old”. This is the sentence that opens “Calvary,” writer and director John Michael McDonagh’s new movie. “I was raped by a priest when I was 7 for five years.” This dark thriller with slight traces of black comedy has already become Read More…