Lethal Weapon

Buddy cop movies are a staple of the action-comedy genre, from 48 Hrs. to Hot Fuzz. They take two characters who are dissimilar in every way and partner them together, often to comedic effect. This was never done better than in 1987’s Lethal Weapon, starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as Sgt. Martin Riggs and Sgt. Roger Murtaugh, and […]

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Most big-budget comic book movies have been based on, at least, decently-known superheroes. Batman, Superman, and X-Men come to mind. When 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy was announced, I, like many others, had to Google “who the fuck are the Guardians of the Galaxy?” That search promptly resulted in derision and ridicule of Marvel Studios at the choice to pluck […]

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Rocky V

Typically, by the time a movie series reaches the fifth installment, interest has waned or the quality of films has dipped. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and You Only Live Twice are good examples. And while it doesn’t reach the heights of its predecessors (or successors), 1990’s Rocky V is […]

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Commando (1985)

Action films are a dime a dozen. There’s been a never-ending stream of them for decades, so it takes a lot for one to stand out from the rest. When the star is Arnold Schwarzenegger, the film automatically stands out. And 1985’s Commando certainly stands out from even his best action flicks, since it is the […]

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Conan the Barbarian (1982)

Sword-and-sorcery films are a mixed bag. For every Lord of the Rings and Highlander, there’s a Scorpion King and a Dragonheart. Few, though, are as epic, as groundbreaking, or as well-crafted as 1982’s Conan the Barbarian, the first film based on Robert E. Howard’s legendary literary character. Set in a long-forgotten age of the Earth, the film takes us on […]

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X-Men

After the carnage left behind by Batman & Robin in 1997, the superhero film genre was in a bad state. Movie studios shied away from them, cancelling a planned Batman sequel and shelving a reboot of Superman, which was already in pre-production. The comic book industry as a whole suffered greatly through the 90s. Finally, though, the […]

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

When Disney announced in 2013 that there would be spinoff Star Wars films released in the episodic off-years, I was skeptical. A Star Wars movie not focused around the Force? Would never work. The Skywalkers are the life-blood of the saga. You can’t make a movie that doesn’t involve them in a major role. But, thankfully, I was […]

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