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Formulaic Expendables a Tired Retread

Action flick less than the sum of its all-star parts

(Newser) - Sylvester Stallone directed and co-stars, alongside a Magnificent Seven-style roster of action-film legends—Bruce Willis, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Steve Austin, Mickey Rourke, and Jason Statham—but critics have some issues with The Expendables.
  • James Verniere (and a friend), Boston Herald : "Hulk like Expendables. It SMASH. Guns go BANG-BANG.
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Sly, Arnie, Willis to Unite Onscreen

The Expendables also stars Rourke, Li

(Newser) - Musclemen Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bruce Willis are uniting for one last action flick, the Guardian reports. The Expendables, slated for release next year, tells the story of a band of mercenaries in Latin America, and will show the three grizzled stars together for the first time since the... More »

Time to Wrap Up Mummy

Franchise feels distinctly creaky

(Newser) - The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is more than a little musty. The third movie in the cycle features "more ancient corpses come to life amid digital effects laid on with a trowel," Jane Horwitz writes in the Washington Post, but the "tiresome and messy" result... More »

Chan and Li Kick Up Box Office Winner

Kingdom takes first, but audiences fall for Sarah Marshall

(Newser) - Jackie Chan and Jet Li KO’d the competition at this weekend's box office, Entertainment Weekly reports. The Forbidden Kingdom finished first with $20.9 million, kicking raunchy romantic comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall to second with $17.3 million. Other debuts stirred up little action: The Al Pacino thriller 88 ... More »

Chan-Li Vehicle Stuck in Neutral

Forbidden Kingdom is entertaining, underwhelming

(Newser) - The Forbidden Kingdom, packing the one-two punch of Jackie Chan and Jet Li, is "great fun," David Edelstein writes in New York, once the martial-arts flick gets past "the clunky prologue." Other critics are a little more reserved in praising the film, about a modern-day teenager... More »

Jet Li Scores a Record $13M Payday

Action star's deal is priciest yet for a Chinese-language film

(Newser) - Action star Jet Li will bag $13 million for his role in the upcoming The Warriors, breaking his own salary record for an actor in a Chinese-language film. With Chinese films drawing more international attention, Li's fat paycheck comes from investors' confidence in him as a "guarantee" of the... More »

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