Tag Archive: Samuel L Jackson
As a sly and self-aware homage to beloved spy films past and present, and as a slick and stylish action thriller with a definite subversive streak, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is easily the most fun to be had at the box office so far this year.
With Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Marvel Cinematic Universe once again finds its confident stride after stumbling last year with Thor: The Dark World, and even manages to step up the game and set the bar even higher for future additions to the franchise.
The new RoboCop is as ambitious a remake/reboot of a successful franchise as we’ve seen in years, because it dares to be different from its source. Rather than emulate the ultra-violence and dystopian themes of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 sci-fi blockbuster, director José Padilha dares to focus on the drama in the story, on the man bonded to the machine. The result is a more well-balanced film, though purists and devotees of the original will no doubt miss some of its bloody, gory fun.
“Marvel’s The Avengers” is here, but does it live up to the hype? The answer is a qualified “yes.”