Film Review: ‘The Expendables 3’

★★☆☆☆ Sylvester Stallone and his ragtag team of aging action heroes return in the much-pirated The Expendables 3 (2014), the third and potentially final entry in the preposterous, testosterone-fuelled franchise. However, as persistent and mildly diverting as it proves on a surface level, this latest outing is pretty vacant underneath, Continue Reading

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Film Review: ‘The Congress’

★★★★☆ In his short story The Machine Stops, E.M. Forster proclaimed that humanity, in its desire for comfort, had overreached itself and that ‘progress’ had come to mean the progress of the machine. With his broad adaptation of Stanisław Lem’s The Futurological Congress, Israeli director Ari Folman seeks to add Continue Reading

Film Review: ‘Blood Ties’

★★★☆☆ French actor-turned-director Guillaume Canet’s first foray into English-language cinema, Blood Ties (2013) is a self-consciously styled paean to 1970s cinema – namely the New York crime yarn. Though adapted from Bruno and Michel Papet’s novel Les liens du sang, it bears many of the trademarks of co-writer James Gray’s Continue Reading