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08.02.2013 | | Posted at 09:08 AM

Washington and Wahlberg as funny bad-good buddies

By David Luhrssen
  Bobby (Denzel Washington) and Stig (Mark Wahlberg) pull up to a small town diner in an old Challenger and proceed to plan a bank robbery. They are the odd couple of 2 Guns, a buddy comedy coupled with a crime thriller. Bobby and Stig are at odds through most of the movie, at cross-purposes even, but of course, in the end, they watch each other’s backsides and earn each other�...
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
 This action-comedy was originally conceived as a vehicle for Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, in the wake of their Wedding Crashers success. Years passed before the project was assigned to Baltasar Kormákur, an Icelandic director who went with his go-to guy, Mark Wahlberg, because the acto
Friday, Nov. 2, 2012

A Harrowing Descent

The pilot who brings his plane and passengers down safely in a crisis was already an old Hollywood story when Dean Martin landed his 707 in Airport. The new twist in Flight is that the harrowing aerial descent is only the
Friday, Feb. 10, 2012

Denzel's Cool in a Not-so-Hot Film

Denzel Washington is the reason to watch Safe House, an otherwise-by-numbers...
Friday, Jan. 15, 2010

Another Road Taken

With the many problems facing the world, a strong undercurrent of apocalyptic anxiety runs through contemporary culture. The Road is the recent masterpiece of apocalypse cinema and it’s a hard trail to follow for The Book of Eli. The landscape of both movies is strikingly...
Monday, June 15, 2009

Denzel Washington, John Travolta race against time

Trains have long been the setting for crime stories and thrillers. They are ideal as confined spaces in motion, roomy enough for greater interplay between passengers than the coach cabin of a jetliner. As claustrophobic enclosures making their transit through a dark underworld, subway trains are better still. Oddly, subway movies are relatively scarce, even if renditions...
06.15.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Three years before 911, The Siege imagined Islamic suicide bombers bringing down buildings in New York and a repressive response by the U.S. government. Uncanny forecasting? Unlike most Americans, the team that conceived The Siege (out now on Blu-ray) had some sense for the drift of world events. A terrorist strike against the U.S., rationalized as payback for American foreign policy, was alread...
06.12.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Trains have long been the setting for crime stories and thrillers. They are ideal as confined spaces in motion, roomy enough for greater interplay between passengers than the coach class cabin of a jetliner. As claustrophobic enclosures making their transit through a dark underworld, subway trains are better still. Oddly, subway movies are relatively scarce, even if renditions of The Taki...
02.16.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Drug kingpin Frank Lucas is no one to mess with. Denzel Washington's depiction in American Gangster reveals a man whose fierce pride is frozen into an implacable smirk. Impervious to the heroin habit on which his fortune is based, Lucas is soul on ice. What happens when a cocky Harlem dope dealer disrespects him on a busy street corner? Lucas draws his gun, shoots him dead without blinking, calml...
12.31.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
In a Texas town so small that the one bench near the bus depot is reserved for whites only, an all-black college exists under the watchful scrutiny of the local authorities. In 1935, the very idea of black college graduates was a reproach to the endemic racism of the surrounding society. Wiley College is a slender tree of learning cultivated by distant Northern philanthropists. It�s the real lif...

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