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I loved the first two installments of Jackie Chan's 'Police Story' series, and wish I had seen the intervening adventures of Chan's character, Inspector Chan Ka Kui, ('Police Story 3: Supercop' and 'Project S'--though this is labeled Police Story 4, it's actually his very popular character's 5th appearance). Still, the story (basically a James Bond-type role, as he is forced by his boss to help the CIA prevent a Russian nuclear device from getting into the wrong hands) stands on its own, and is thrilling from start to finish, though something tends to be different and missing from his earlier Hong Kong exploits (though this was made there and dubbed--albeit horrendously--to help make him a star Stateside). If I had to put a finger on it, I think I prefer films that Chan directed himself. It's still extremely enjoyable, with set-pieces--especially when he defends himself with a stepladder--that approach awe-inspiring choreographed action perfection...

Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

May 26, 2017

The fifth installment of the Disney franchise founders despite its starpower....

Movie Review: Alien Covenant

Movie Review: Alien Covenant

May 19, 2017

Astronauts make increasingly illogical decisions in latest Alien installment....

Movie Review: A Quiet Passion

Movie Review: A Quiet Passion

May 19, 2017

The life of Emily Dickinson is explored in this subtly humorous film. Cynthia...

Movie Review: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Movie Review: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

May 12, 2017

Guy Ritchie forges cockney swagger, multiple medieval legends; it's weird. Ye...

Pirates of the Caribbean Tracking for $90 Million Opening Weekend

Pirates of the Caribbean Tracking for $90 Million Opening Weekend

May 10, 2017

This May the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise returns to the silver screen ...

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

May 04, 2017

An entire universe of gleeful violence and a great soundtrack. He may be cute...

Movie Review: My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea

Movie Review: My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea

May 04, 2017

Being in high school is a lot like being on an island; this island just happe...

Movie Review: The Promise

Movie Review: The Promise

April 27, 2017

Hollywood takes on the Armenian genocide with mixed results. Christian Bale p...