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Aug 11 2017

The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature

Let’s be frank: there wasn’t much memorable about The Nut Job. Well, at least for me, having only seen it a few days prior to screening The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature. Its title reference to the rap crew who brought you “O.P.P.” notwithstanding, there’s not much memorable about this installment, either. Of course, […]
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Feb 26 2016

Triple 9

Director John Hillcoat  (“Lawless”) takes a page from David Ayer’s playbook with his dim perspective of law enforcement in the violent crime thriller “Triple 9”, which follows a gang of bank robbers embroiled in a heist that spirals out of control. A multi-character drama with talent to spare, Hillcoat’s foray into the urban jungle proves an invigorating […]
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Mar 31 2014

Sabotage

David Ayer may well have cornered the market on films about corrupt law enforcement, but his latest effort, the ultra-violent “Sabotage”, feels more like it was made by a first-time director with something to prove than the seasoned veteran behind such absorbing cop dramas as 2008′s “Street Kings” and 2012′s “End of Watch”. With very […]
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Sep 21 2012

End of Watch

(This review was originally published on September 21, 2012 at Reel Film News) I had a strong visceral reaction – well, several actually – to “End of Watch”, which culminated in something of a love/hate feeling for me, stemming perhaps from my inability to get a grip on the film’s direction for more than two […]
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Sep 23 2011

Killer Elite

(This review was originally published on September 23, 2011 at The Rogers Revue) “Killing is easy. Living with it is the hard part,” says Danny Bryce, Jason Statham’s character in “Killer Elite”. Though this nugget of wisdom is not imparted until well into the second half of the film, it’s a pretty good meter of […]
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