No doubt 'pretentious' is one of the most overused words in just about any critical conversation these days, but it's the most apt to describe "Cold Pursuit" - tone-deaf, with delusions of Coen Brothers-esque grandeur, this is a rote Liam Neeson 'kill-by-numbers' affair that actively snubs its nose at any viewers who may have been looking forward to a rote Liam Neeson 'kill-by-numbers' affair. Could be 2019's worst.
"Maria" has the grave misfortune of arriving on Netflix the same weekend as "John Wick: Chapter 3" opens nationwide in theaters. It's an unfair comparison this gritty little revenge thriller was never meant to bear the brunt of. In truth, the film is far from exceptional, but it's a solid effort from the Philippines' burgeoning action scene, and finds fight choreographer Sonny Sison improving his craft after last year's "BuyBust."
With a beautifully bleak depiction of Eighties-era Sweden that's so white and snow-capped you can practically feel the flakes falling in your living room, much of "Let the Right One In's" strength lies in its immaculate horror movie atmosphere. Yet its tale of schoolyard bullying and pre-pubescent love is close to perfection as well; the only real drawback being the subplot with the 'Cat Guy' and his drunken friends, which rever really goes anywhere or adds much to the film…
Is there a point to watching hundreds of old-school kung fu movies if you don't come away with a working knowledge of the genre? I don't doubt RZA's love for these films but his 'tribute' to martial arts cinema is executed more like a parody. That said, I'm willing to lay most of the blame on co-writer Eli Roth since the screenplay's lazy, cliche-ridden dialogue and sophomoric attitudes towards sex have his fingerprints all over them.
Otherwise, "The Man With…