Tag: Bruce Willis

  • “Reprisal” Somehow Manages to Waste Both Bruce Willis and Frank Grillo

    Seeing Bruce Willis in the movies these days is damn embarrassing. The action icon appears to just wander from one into the next — sometimes as a favor to someone working on the movie — taking the phrase phoning it in to astonishing heights. In Reprisal, he’s an ex-cop (of course!) and the next-door neighbor of […]

  • It’s a Good Time for Bruce Willis, Action Star, to Die Hard

    Something’s seemed different about No. 1 American action hero Bruce Willis lately. His action movie output in recent years has mostly been stunt casting in mediocre sequels (The Expendables 2, G.I. Joe: Retaliation), or supporting roles in little-seen B-movies (Setup, Catch .44, Fire with Fire), as if he’s in a who-can-co-star-with-50-Cent-the-most competition with Robert DeNiro. […]

  • Red 2 Isn’t Great, but Helen Mirren? Fabulous.

    The world is full of lackluster movies. But the world is not full of Helen Mirren in a Marlene Dietrich fedora, or Helen Mirren in full-tilt eveningwear disposing of a bothersome corpse in a marble bathroom, or Helen Mirren firing a massive rifle-type thingie while sprawled on a picnic blanket — in her stocking feet, […]

  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation’s a Battle of Dumb Pleasures Versus Your Higher Brain Function

    What must Bruce Willis have felt when he discovered that his seven or so minutes of G.I. Joe: Retaliation screen time offer much more agreeable Bruce Willis-ness than the entirety of A Good Day to Die Hard? Or that his cameo, shot two years back and rich with quips and guns and old-soldier gravitas, isn’t […]

  • A Good Day to Die Hard, and to Die Alone

    Does anyone care about John McClane anymore? That’s not the same as asking if you want to see A Good Day to Die Hard, the fifth in this series of films with increasingly outlandish action—and increasingly cumbersome titles. The most recent entry—the slick, ridiculous hit, Live Free or Die Hard—was as good as any installment […]

  • Die Hard’s Latest Breaks New Ground in Incoherence and Stupidity

    Before anything else, here’s how dumb things get in A Good Day for Die Hard–Related Media Product, which is being sold as a bang-bang movie sequel so that nobody catches onto its true nature: a black-ops experiment testing the human faculty for discovering coherent patterns in unrelated shards of image. Late in the film, as […]

  • Bigger Than the Movie: Rebecca Hall Almost Saves Lay the Favorite

    A wan comedy about gambling that takes no risks, Stephen Frears’s Lay the Favorite has none of the stinging sordidness of The Grifters, his 1990 movie about chiselers and con artists. That tight, nimble adaptation of Jim Thompson’s high-pulp-strained-through-Greek-tragedy 1963 novel endures as the only other good film besides 2006’s The Queen that the prolific […]

  • Dinotasia

    In days long past, watching the double-feature or late-night UHF, kids had to find it within themselves to wait and wait for a glimpse of the monster. Now, with something like Dinotasia, a new computer-animated kinda/sorta nature-doc-like thing narrated by Werner Herzog, kids get full-on dino neck-snapping action within the first minutes. And the end […]

  • Looper Makes Time Travel Thrilling Again

    Early on in Rian Johnson’s time-travel thriller Looper, Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) sits at a diner and chats with his self from 30 years in the future (Bruce Willis). When the younger Joe asks the older one about the specifics of temporal displacement, the latter dismisses the question, telling his interlocutor what a waste of time […]

  • Wes Anderson’s Larger-Than-Life Moonrise Kingdom

    It’s 1965, the rainy end of summer on the rocky coast of a fictional New England isle. Twelve-year-old Sam (Jared Gilman), a scrawny, bespectacled outcast with an unusual aptitude for cartography, disappears from the Khaki Scout camp, absconding with a couple of bedrolls and an air rifle, and leaving behind a “resignation” letter for scoutmaster […]