Chris Klimek

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A Gleefully Grisly 85-Minute Gunfight: 'Free Fire'

Thursday, April 20, 2017

This "agreeably amoral comic thriller" about a weapons deal gone wrong might be, according to critic Chris Klimek, "the most realistic movie gun battle ever."


'The Fate Of The Furious' Runs On Diesel Fumes

Thursday, April 13, 2017

This "bloated and listless" installment of the Furious franchise stays true to the series' "chop-shop aesthetic, in the sense that its flashiest parts are all stolen," says critic Chris Klimek.


'Life' Doesn't Quite Find A Way

Thursday, March 23, 2017

In space, no one can hear you yawn: Technically impressive but dramatically airless, this monster flick set on the International Space Station is powered by "space-movie cliches old and new."


In The Forgettable 'Kong: Skull Island,' A Great Cast, Cast Aside

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman and Samuel L. Jackson help ensure that this mediocre creature feature is "no chore to sit through," says critic Chris Klimek.


'Logan' Is The Best At What It Does — And What It Does Is Gritty

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Critic Chris Klimek says this small-scale, sun-blasted tale of an aging Wolverine's efforts to protect a young mutant "plays like the King Lear of the X-saga."


Bill Paxton Was Film's Quintessential Game-Over Man: An Appreciation

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The actor, who died last weekend, enjoyed a long and storied career that involved some of the most memorable onscreen deaths in cinema history.


'Get Out': A Terrifically Topical — And Terrifying — Satire

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Comedian Jordan Peele's debut feature as writer/director is a blisteringly smart horror film buoyed by the "shimmering, righteous anger" of its take on race, says critic Chris Klimek.


'John Wick: Chapter 2' Lives Its Life Like A Candle In A Hail Of Bullets

Thursday, February 09, 2017

This kinetically shot and stylishly art-directed sequel "walks right up to the edge of parody, and then judo-throws a fool over the side," says critic Chris Klimek.


Running On Diesel Fumes: 'xXx: Return Of Xander Cage'

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A 49-year-old Vin Diesel returns to the hugely unlikely franchise that he and director Rob Cohen launched in 2002. Because sometimes only an "extreme-sports/black-ops squad" can save the world.


'Patriots Day': A Painful, Painstaking Depiction Of The Boston Marathon Bombing

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The third collaboration between director Peter Berg and actor Mark Wahlberg offers a detail-rich and nuanced examination of the 2013 bombing and its chaotic aftermath.


Affleck's 'Live By Night': An Ambitious, Frenetic But Overstuffed Gangster Film

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Ben Affleck wrote the screenplay, directed and stars in this bloated genre exercise, which never slows down enough to pack any real emotional impact.


'Passengers' Has A First-Class Sci-Fi Premise, But The Script Flies Coach

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Chris Pratt/Jennifer Lawrence film about two beautiful people alone on a vast spaceship doesn't have the courage of its creepy convictions, and devolves into rote rom-com sentiment.


'Rogue One' Is 'A Star Wars Story' With Fewer Stars And A Lot More Wars

Thursday, December 15, 2016

A footnote in the Star Wars saga gets its own movie — a tense, grubby, effective tale of interstellar combat that skimps on the series' mythic overtones.


'Allied' Revives The Old-Fashioned Wartime Thriller

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Critic Chris Klimek says Allied, the relatively rare mid-budget studio film made for adults, is more than just a period piece — it's an anachronism.


'Bleed For This' Captures The Grime And Grit Of A Boxer's Astonishing Comeback

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Miles Teller is light-middleweight boxer Vinny "The Pazmanian Devil" Paz in this intimate biopic that leans more into kitchen-sink realism than glossy uplift.


In 'Lazy Eye,' A Romance With An Old Flame, Rekindled

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Two men reconnect 15 years after a painful breakup in writer/director Tim Kirkman's talky romantic drama.


With Parallels To Iron Man, Mystic 'Dr. Strange' Comes Full Circle For Marvel Fans

Sunday, November 06, 2016

The latest Marvel movie, Dr. Strange, is about a neurosurgeon on a quest to heal himself. It's worth the extra cost of a 3-D ticket, says reviewer Chris Klimek.


A Brave Army Medic Saves Lives In 'Hacksaw Ridge,' Mel Gibson's Return To Directing

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Andrew Garfield plays a conscientious objector who won the Medal of Honor in World War II. This "sturdy, muted, unsurprising" film is the first movie Mel Gibson has directed since 2006's Apocalypto.


With A Second 'Jack Reacher,' Tom Cruise Finally Exceeds His Grasp

Thursday, October 20, 2016

After a five-year winning streak as Hollywood reigning action hero, Tom Cruise falls back to earth with a can't-miss sequel that misses.


The Man, The Myth, The Ledger: In 'The Accountant,' Affleck Gets His Bourne On

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant who hides dark side-dealings as a freelance accountant for various criminal enterprises.