Stallone’s ‘Expendables’ is action done right
Sylvester Stallone, right, Jet Li, left, and Dolph Lundgren star in “The Expendables.”
- Now playing
*** 1/2 (out of four)
2010, Sylvester Stallone, U.S., R
- New films
The following movies start Friday, Aug. 27:
Director: John Luessenhop. Stars: Chris Brown,
The Plot: A group of bank robbers find their
$20 million plan interrupted by a hard-boiled detective.
Genre: Action, crime.
“The Last Exorcism”
Director: Daniel Stamm.
Stars: Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell.
The Plot: A troubled evangelical minister
agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary
Genre: Horror, thriller.
Director: Neil Marshall.
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Dominic West.
The Plot: A splinter group of Roman soldiers
fight for their lives behind enemy lines after their legion is
decimated in a devastating guerrilla attack.
Genre: Action, adventure.
Posted: Saturday, August 21, 2010 12:00 am
Sylvester’s Stallone’s magnum opus “The Expendables” more or
less closes out the depression-inducing summer movie season, but at
least we’re going out on a high note. Also this week: a quick look
at a dozen upcoming fall releases that will hopefully do something
to make amends for the past three months of disappointing
Whenever we hit a rough patch like this, when seemingly every
film that opens at local theaters isn’t worth a minute of your time
or a dime of your money, I get hassled for “not liking anything.”
Apparently, the logic is that movies are innately entertaining —
neither the filmmaker nor the stars need to do anything to earn
your attention or gratitude, and can in fact just put a bunch of
random, uninteresting crap on the screen and expect accolades.
After all, “it’s just a movie.” If you’re one of those people who
subscribe to this view, who liked “The A-Team” or “The Losers” or
“Predators” or “Salt” or any of the other boring action flicks we
saw this summer, then you have my pity.
Arts and Entertainment
Saturday, August 21, 2010 12:00 am.