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  • The Fortress

    ★★★★

  • The Kick

    ★★½

  • The Suicide Squad

    ★★★★

  • Suicide Squad

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  • The Karate Kid Part III

    The Karate Kid Part III

    "The Last Temptation of Daniel-san"

    At 28, our kid is anything but. The star’s wife apparently gets jealous, so instead of retreading young romance, Ralph Macchio’s much younger female acquaintance is a platonic friend. The fact that she’s written off halfway through means most of the character building is relatively pointless.

    In a bold move to kill a franchise – Karate Kid 3 is Rocky V, with director John G. Avildsen even casting his son as a loud mouth bully…

  • Future War

    Future War

    ★★★★½

    Dinosaur dreams...

    Future War takes a lot of flack for it's being set in the present, and being more of a middling skirmish than an actual war. I understand people who look at this near perfect film and scream false advertising.

    I would argue that it is not Daniel Bernhardt's intergalactic slave that is the protagonist, but the Carnosaur 3 puppets that menaces him. Looking in our hearts, I think we can all agree that outside of the nun's scrapbook…

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  • The Fortress

    The Fortress

    ★★★★

    Owing to the success of Squid Games, Hwang Dong-hyuk's other features are doing the Netflix rounds. I didn't associate him with the critically acclaimed Silenced, but it's this lavish period piece that has me giving a dirty look to that wall street journal rags-to-riches clickbait that's doing the rounds.

    Based on the siege of Namhansanseong set during the 1636 Qing invasion of Joseon, in which King Injo sought refuge in a mountain fortress. History generally doesn't look kindly on the…

  • The Kick

    The Kick

    ★★½

    Prachya Pinkaew (Ong-Bak) directs this co-production about a Korean family of Taekwondo practitioners living in Thailand, who thwart a robbery, only to be targeted for revenge by the frustrated criminals. A b-story involves the father (Cho Jae-hyun) crushing the back-up dancing dreams of his son (Na Tae-joo).

    Really fantastic fight choreography worthy of the stunt team (the kitchen rendition of stomp is inspired), is marred by a juvenile tone more in-line with 3 Ninjas. The closest film I can think…

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