Genre Archives: Action

Ocean’s 8

June 8, 2018
There is a rug under Ocean's 8 at all times: it just lies there, and in the audience's seat, we thoroughly anticipate that final yank out from under us. Do we know everything we can know about the score? Are these women—thieves and other various types of crooks, to be sure—as trustworthy as can [...]

Upgrade

June 1, 2018
Upgrade opens with an introduction to cowboy-type Grey Trace (Marshall-Green) toying with an old, souped-up car. We are to immediately understand that his wife has a culturally common obsession with technology that is not shared by her husband. They quickly end up in her modern self-driving car [...]

Deadpool 2

May 18, 2018
Cheekily based not a month after The Avengers: Infinity War, with all this about teamwork and combining forces with other superheroes of various backgrounds, Deadpool 2 drives a semi-truck through the sentiment, smearing blood and snarky/foul language across the board in crimson red brushstrokes. [...]

Rampage

April 13, 2018
Rampage is a highly entertaining, rousing action/adventure story with an ape as the hero along with a man named Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson). Davis is a primatologist that rescued George, an albino gorilla, years before when some bad guys who had cut off George's mother's hands in order to make ash [...]

Pacific Rim: Uprising

March 23, 2018
In 2013, Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim told the classic tale of man versus beast, when the Kaiju alien threat invaded Earth through an oceanic portal in the Pacific. Earth fought back when the Pan-Pacific Defense Corps presented its finest technological advancement, the Jaeger. (It's pronounced [...]

Tomb Raider

She's the guns-a-blazin', cliff-jumping, bad-guy-fighting queen of action from the 90s, and she's back on the big screen, but this time in an origin story. Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) is an independent young woman who has developed a flair for the hardened and more rebellious ways of life after [...]

The Hurricane Heist

March 9, 2018
The Hurricane Heist is better in some ways than I expected, at least during the first half of the movie. Human interest stories are nicely handled and the characters are very human, dealing with feelings of loss and uncertainty. The film opens with Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and two young brothers [...]

Speed Racer: Race to the Future

Dove Approved for All Ages

Speed Racer is put to the test in Speed Racer: Race to the Future. It's not just about where he's going— but when! After disobeying his father and entering in a race, he inexplicably finds himself transported 50 years into the future with his friends. Together they must find a way to get back, [...]

Samson

February 16, 2018

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

It's a dark time in the nation of Israel, and the book of Judges (which is arguably the goriest and most horrific of all biblical books), tells the story of Israel's downward spiral into chaos after the death of their previous leaders, Moses and Joshua. For those of you unfamiliar with the story [...]

Black Panther

February 16, 2018
With a library just shy of 20 movies in Marvel's ever-expanding universe, it's hard to believe we haven't exhausted the superhero genre of any compelling material. But Black Panther fights tooth and claw to prove that his place among the Marvel classics is well deserved in this new tale which takes [...]