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John Wick 'Goes Out on Top'
New John Wick
Is 'Actually Perfect'

New John Wick Is 'Actually Perfect'

Critics and fans alike love Keanu Reeves in what may be the series finale

(Newser) - Many more bodies fall in John Wick: Chapter 4 , but is Wick's one of them? That's the question fans need answered as they flock to theaters to see Keanu Reeves' assassin punch, kick, and shoot his way past hoards of pursuers after the multimillion-dollar bounty on his head....

It's Netflix's Priciest Flick, Yet 'Should Be Better'
Netflix's Priciest Movie
Is Getting Lousy Reviews

Netflix's Priciest Movie Is Getting Lousy Reviews

'The Gray Man' takes from other action films, lacks 'a narrative engine,' critics say

(Newser) - Ryan Gosling returns to the big screen for the first time in years in The Gray Man , reportedly the most expensive movie Netflix has ever made. Based on the first in a series of books by Mark Greaney, it follows an off-the-books CIA assassin gone rogue. So did the reported...

Critics on Godzilla vs. Kong : 'Stupid,' but Beautiful
What Critics Are Saying
About Godzilla vs. Kong

What Critics Are Saying About Godzilla vs. Kong

It's 'stupid' but 'awe-inducing'

(Newser) - You'd think you could sum up the plot of Godzilla vs. Kong based on the title itself. But there's a lot more stuffed in to this sequel to 2017's Kong: Skull Island and 2019's Godzilla: King of the Monsters, from secrets held at the center of...

Deepfake Video Puts Trump in Independence Day

And Bill Pullman responds

(Newser) - President Trump, leading the charge in Independence Day? Yep, Trump tweeted Saturday a deepfake video of himself superimposed on footage of the classic blockbuster—so now it's Trump giving Bill Pullman's rousing speech to pilots about uniting for battle against extraterrestrial invaders, Deadline reports. Superimposed on pilots' faces...

'I Laughed More Than I Winced'
'I Laughed More
Than I Winced'

'I Laughed More Than I Winced'

Don't expect too much from 'Stuber,' and you'll be fine

(Newser) - A detective walks out of Lasik eye surgery and into a tip on a murderous drug dealer, forcing him to get an Uber driven by a guy named Stu. So begins Michael Dowse's Stuber , which has a 46% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . The good and bad:
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Action Fans Will Drool Over Atomic Blonde
Action Fans Will Drool
Over Atomic Blonde

Action Fans Will Drool Over Atomic Blonde

Charlize Theron is a 'stone-cold badass'

(Newser) - An MI6 spy travels to 1989 Berlin to track down a list naming every undercover agent in the city in David Leitch's Atomic Blonde , based on the graphic novel series The Coldest City by Antony Johnston, Sam Hart, and Steven Perkins. Violence, sex, and more violence ensues. Here's...

John Wick's Return Is a 'Wicked Blast'
John Wick's
Return Is a
'Wicked Blast'

John Wick's Return Is a 'Wicked Blast'

'Chapter 2' is bloody yet beautiful, say critics

(Newser) - In his first hurrah , John Wick managed to kill an incredible 84 people . You can expect the count to rise in John Wick: Chapter 2 , hailed as beautiful despite all the blood. Wick, an assassin played by Keanu Reeves, embarks on a final mission but ends up with a $7...

Keanu Reeves Back on Top in John Wick
 Keanu Reeves 
 Back on Top 
 in John Wick 


Keanu Reeves Back on Top in John Wick

It's your typical action movie but it's awesome anyway: critics

(Newser) - An ex-hitman gets back to business after losing his wife and his dog in John Wick. The flick starring Keanu Reeves, Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, and Game of Thrones' Alfie Allen is much like your typical action movie, but with a few surprises. (And a neat side note: First-time director...

Are Action Movies Making Us Fat?

Genre linked to heavy snacking: study

(Newser) - If you're looking to lose weight, you may want to consider your movie diet … especially when it comes to action flicks. We seem to have a particular problem with overeating during such films, a study suggests. Researchers asked 94 students to watch one of three programs: The Ewan...

2 Guns Is 2 Good Actors, Not Much Else

 2 Guns Is 
 2 Good Actors, 
 Not Much Else 
movie review

2 Guns Is 2 Good Actors, Not Much Else

Wahlberg, Washington can't revive this brutal, violent action flick: critics

(Newser) - The laid-back action flick 2 Guns, starring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington, has a comic-book feel, refreshingly little CGI, and two characters that just won't quit. But though the title hardly describes the amount of gun-wielding that goes on, it's probably a good indication of how many stars...

Skyfall Is Bond at His Best
 Skyfall Is 
 Bond at 
 His Best 

Skyfall Is Bond at His Best

Daniel Craig is back and better than ever in Sam Mendes film

(Newser) - Daniel Craig's return as James Bond is a triumphant one. Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes, contains plenty of the action-packed elements we've come to expect from 007—but also has some serious heart, critics say:
  • "The latest addition to the Bond canon goes beyond thrilling into chilling

Jackie Chan: I'm Done with Action Movies

Chan, 58, says new goal is to be 'Asian Robert De Niro'

(Newser) - The Kung Fu superstar is hanging up his black belt. Jackie Chan says he's done making action movies, reports US Weekly . Chan revealed his decision at the Cannes film festival, where he was promoting his 100th film—Chinese Zodiac. "This will be my last action movie," said...

Schwarzenegger Ready for Action

Nearly 8 years from his last hit, Arnold says he's still got it

(Newser) - Arnold Schwarzenegger is back, and even at age 63, the longtime action star says he's ready to return to the high-octane heroics and disemboweling that made him famous. "I can step very comfortably into the entertainment world and do an action movie with the same violence that I've always...

Formulaic Expendables a Tired Retread
 a Tired Retread 
review roundup

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.

Critics Salty, Sweet on Angelina's Latest

Not everybody's sold on the new action thriller Salt

(Newser) - If you rely on critics for your movie-viewing choices, just flip a coin on Angelina Jolie's new save-the-world thriller, Salt. They're about evenly split:
  • Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle : "When exploited properly—as Salt does, keeping her human and vulnerable, so that the character's amazing ability and ingenuity continue

In Action Flicks, Angelina Shows Up the Boys

She's the first woman to be a bankable star in the genre

(Newser) - With Angelina Jolie's action flick Salt set to open next week, the Hollywood Reporter pays homage to her unprecedented feat in the movie biz: She's the only woman to rule the genre. She's starred in five action movies over the past 10 years that have grossed a total of $1....

Manic Cruise Shines in Knight and Day

 Shines in 
 Knight and Day

Manic Cruise Shines in Knight and Day

Cruise is at his manic best in spy thriller

(Newser) - Lighthearted spy thriller Knight and Day is an entertaining, if not especially memorable, summer movie, say critics. How much you'll like it, they say, depends very much on how much you like Tom Cruise, who plays a crackpot CIA agent.
  • Knight and Day "is hardly a perfect film, not

Iron Man Not Ready for the Rust Heap
 Iron Man Not Ready 
 for the Rust Heap 

Iron Man Not Ready for the Rust Heap

Robert Downey Jr. saves flashy sequel, say critics

(Newser) - Iron Man 2 is clunkier than its predecessor and its self-destructive hero has succumbed to boozy overconfidence, but Robert Downey Jr. saves the film, not to speak of the world, say critics.
  • This movie is "bigger, louder and dumber than its predecessor" but still plenty of fun, writes Bill

From Paris With Love Is Stupid Fun
 From Paris 
 With Love
 Is Stupid Fun 


From Paris With Love Is Stupid Fun

John Travolta's having—and being—a blast in spy shoot-em-up

(Newser) - A trigger-happy John Travolta is not only the main event but the only event in the gleefully over-the-top spy movie From Paris With Love, say critics.
  • Travolta, plainly having a blast as a "bald-headed, goateed, gonzo CIA agent with a short fuse" is the standout in this "otherwise

Jackie Chan Can't Save Spy Next Door
 Jackie Chan Can't 
 Save Spy Next Door 

Jackie Chan Can't Save Spy Next Door

Not even an action star can save this flick

(Newser) - An ex-spy corralling a crew of unruly munchkins seems like a recipe for PG fun, especially when that spy is Jackie Chan. But critics agree—The Spy Next Door just ain't funny.
  • This is True Lies without the striptease or Arab-maiming," writes Michael Phillips for the Chicago Tribune. "

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