Clash of the Titans
I'd heard terrible things about the 3D version, so I decided to see the 2D version instead, and discovered to my consternation that it's still a pretty rotten picture. Check that: it's mired in mediocrity rather than any kind of so-bad-it's-good vibe. Give me the cheesy original flick any time, thank you very much. On the other hand, Cinematical's Scott Weinberg thought it was a "perfectly mindless, bombastic, colorful, and enjoyable piece of matinee-style popcorn entertainment." We have a split decision, so you decide on this one. Rent it?
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The movie "looks sleek and powerful, like a big, well-groomed cat whose every strand of hair is lit gloriously (and improbably) from within," I wrote in my review for Cinematical. It's "exclusively concerned with looking good and bleeding profusely." Jude Law and Forest Whitaker repossess organs from hapless folks who can no longer make their monthly payments. Repo Men "will make you want to bring an artificial brain along to watch it, while you do something useful, like read." Skip it.
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As I've written before, biopics are always better with martial arts, aren't they? Teaming again with director Wilson Yip (SPL, Flash Point), Donnie Yen is perfectly suited to play the stoic, peaceful titular character, a Wing Chun master who refused to buckle under to imperial rule after Japanese invaded China in 1937. The great Sammo Hung choreographed the action scenes, which are pretty terrific. Buy it.
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Also out: Batman: Under the Red Hood, Operation: Endgame.
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