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  • Tezuka's Barbara

    Tezuka's Barbara

    ★★★

    Traces of “Last Life in the Universe” and “Fallen Angels”

  • A Low Down Dirty Shame

    A Low Down Dirty Shame

    ★★★

    Keenen Ivory Wayans’ homage to Jackie Chan’s “Police Story” and Chow Yun-Fat fun-fu complete with him using John Woo’s 2nd Unit Director from “Face/Off.” Action set pieces are incredibly slick, especially the last act at the mall. Highly underrated.

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  • Dying to Survive

    Dying to Survive

    ★★★★★

    Best film of Xu Zheng and Ning Hao's careers after working together for years. Chinese take on equal parts "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Schindler's List" as if shot by "Wolf of Wall Street" era Scorsese. Big laughs in the first two acts, lot of heart though, not a dry eye in the house for the ending.

    Xu Zheng is best known as a comedic actor from "Lost in Thailand," "Lost in Hong Kong," and "Breakup Buddies," but lately he's been veering into more and more dramatic territory. This performance reveals the layers and depth he has a leading man.

  • The Expendables 3

    The Expendables 3

    "The Expendables" started as a throwback to 80s stars and a genre that they just don't make any more: the blood and guts action film that its stars made famous.

    The problem with "The Expendables 3" is that in trying to make it applicable to younger audiences (casting Kellan Lutz from "Twilight" as Stallone's heir, CG explosions, shooting in HD), they've missed the reason why people showed up in the first place.

    Much was made of Patrick Hughes coming aboard…