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Chases! Crashes! Explosions! Superheroes! Robots! Every 2011 Action Movie!

posted by Nell Minow

And swords, kung fu, guns, blasters, aliens, and He-who-must-not-be-named.  

Shoot ‘Em Up

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:R for pervasive strong bloody violence, sexuality, and some language
Movie Release Date:September 7, 2007
DVD Release Date:January 1, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive strong bloody violence, sexuality, and some language
Movie Release Date: September 7, 2007
DVD Release Date: January 1, 2008

Writer-director Michael Davis has stripped the action movie down to its essence in a mind-blowing mash-up fueled with testosterone, adrenaline, and weapons-grade plutonium. No esoteric references in the title. No Robert McKee-mandated 10 pages at the beginning to make us […]

The Scorpion King

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2002
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2002

Some very scary looking guys are about to kill a guy who would be even scarier-looking if he wasn’t tied up. But then everyone steps back in awe of a guy who steps in looking scariest of all and as […]

Stuart Little

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Preschool
Movie Release Date:1999
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Preschool
Movie Release Date: 1999

E.B. White’s story of a family whose son happens to be a mouse is lovingly Hollywood-ized. In other words, it bears very little relationship to the book but has a lot of great special effects. Fans of the book will […]

End of Days

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:1999
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 1999

Once again Arnold Schwarzenegger has to save the world from destruction in this tired and tiring dud of an action movie. The thin premise this time is that our whole calendar was designed so that the devil’s one opportunity to […]

Rush Hour

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1998
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1998

Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan is always a delight to watch. His charm, wit,and impeccable timing make his kung fu moves closer to Charlie Chaplin or Jacques Tati than to Stephen Segal. He has had a hard time finding an […]

Chill Factor

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:1999
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 1999

This movie should come in a white box with a generic label — it is all concept and explosions, with nothing worthwhile in its plot, character, or dialogue. The concept is this: a scientist (David Paymer) working for the defense […]

Enemy of the State

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1998
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1998

This movie is what I call a “soft R,” the rating based on limited bad language and violence, but not really unsuitable for younger kids. Will Smith stars as Bobby Dean, a successful Washington lawyer, who in true thriller fashion […]

The Matrix

posted by rkumar
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:1999
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 1999

In “A Star is Born,” Kris Kristofferson sings a song that begins, “Are you a figment of my imagination or am I a figment of yours?” This is the theme of “Matrix,” heavy on special effects, striking visuals, and brooding […]

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