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The Raid (2011) July 11, 2014

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2014 #58

In which I explain why this Asian actioner is less like Dredd, more like Mamma Mia.

The UK TV premiere is tonight at 10:55pm on Film4.

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976/1978) June 30, 2014

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2013 #61

I still have almost half-a-dozen reviews left to post from 2013, so here’s one of them — John Cassavetes’ “idiosyncratic thriller”.

Wallander: The Troubled Man (2013) June 21, 2014

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2014 #41

Sergio Leone’s intimate epic, reviewed in what is now its middle-length version.

Once Upon a Time in America (1984) June 15, 2014

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2013 #38

Sergio Leone’s intimate epic, reviewed in what is now its middle-length version.

The Punisher (2004) June 10, 2014

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2014 #32

A drabble on the second of three live-action takes on Marvel’s vigilante hero.

Mad Max (1979) May 29, 2014

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2014 #20

You won’t like him when he’s mad. (As the past few years’ news stories have demonstrated.)

Tom Conway as the Falcon, Part III May 7, 2014

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My reviews of RKO’s ’40s detective B-movies starring the Falcon come to a close, covering The Falcon in San Francisco, The Falcon’s Alibi, and The Falcon’s Adventure.

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