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Escape Plan
Escape Plan (2013)
9 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The beginning and the first breakout is actually rather fun. But soon we know exactly what will happen: Breakout tester Stallone gets screwed over and ends up in the proverbial unbreakable jail. His team-up with Schwarzenegger there is surprisingly unspectacular. It doesn't help that the plot relies on a lot of coincidence, suspension of disbelief or horrid planning by the bad guys. The action packed finale can't really pull the ship around. I fear it's time to phase the fact that you get better results watching reruns from the former action stars.

The Equalizer
The Equalizer (2014)
9 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A vigilante action thriller that gets going very slowly and easily could have clocked in under two hours, but can rely on a charismatic leading man. Especially during the showdown the violence is surprisingly brutal, but there is little excitement building up, because our hero is so godamn cool and competent in each of its slow-motions, that you never doubt he could succeed. That's rather entertaining but could have been much cooler with more interesting minor characters and a little more threat.

Only Lovers Left Alive
11 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

What would vampires live like today? We already got an answer to that in the hilariously funny "What we do in the shadows" but Jim Jarmush has his own. They stick to the rules and stay undetected, not killing people. They've been the muses behind scientists and artists for centuries but grow weary of humans. Hiddleston is a surprisingly grumpy vampire, not giving us his trademark grin. His hipster snob is pretty amusing, just like Swinton's hippie.There are genuinely funny, albeit subtle, moments. But the film's pace is really slow and the plot remains somewhat episodic. That's still rather entertaining but could have used a bit more of a, well, bite.

Hellboy
Hellboy (2004)
14 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

That's what a comic book adaption should be like: not taking itself too seriously, excellent choices of actors (Ron Perlman is the perfect Hellboy), awesome set and production design, great special effects and just a whole lot of fun. The pace is not quite as perfect as in part two, but the package works.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2)
14 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Guillermo del Toro did it again. His imagery and visual language are unique in fantasy cinema. He easily exceeds expectations for his second Hellboy film and creates one hell of a fun fantasy picture. A movie that has everything an action comic adventure needs: so many funny, pretty and ugly creatures that you could fill 5 films with them; likable heroes and cool villains; humor, even silliness, yet a certain depth and care for the characters you start to love and want to follow around for all of their adventures; great, spectacular action scenes and outstanding special effects. Sure, the plot doesn't always make sense, but all the neat ideas, one-liners and breathless pace more than make up for it. In short: Bloody fantastic.