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.
Saturday, August 21, 2010 12:00 am.