Chris Klimek

Chris Klimek appears in the following:

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.

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'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.

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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.

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'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.

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'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.

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'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.

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A Legend Of Creepy Hollows: 'Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children'

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Tim Burton's latest is a dreamlike and visually striking fable; the presence of a satisfyingly eerie Eva Green keeps its overcomplicated story from sinking into muddled incoherence.

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'The Magnificent Seven': Because 'The Pretty Good Seven' Didn't Test Well

Thursday, September 22, 2016

I Haven't Seen The First Six Yet! Director Antoine Fuqua remakes the classic 1960 Western; our critic calls it a "fun but nonessential" example of "high-grade pulp."

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Into The Woods, But Out Of Ideas: A Tedious, Ugly, Pointless 'Blair Witch'

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Ding-Dong, a Witch Retread: A sequel to the "found-footage" horror sensation The Blair Witch Project never manages to find a compelling reason to exist.

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Q&A: How Does The New 'Ben-Hur' Compare With Its Predecessor(s)?

Friday, August 19, 2016

Critic Chris Klimek gets so excited about the various film versions of an epic set in the Roman Empire that he opens a Socratic dialogue with his editor. (Yes, Socrates was Greek, not Roman. We know.)

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'Hell Or High Water' Is A Smart, Substantive Heist Film

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Director David Mackenzie's film about two brothers who rob banks while being chased by Texas Rangers is small, solid and sharply-observed.

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'Suicide Squad' Falls Far Short Of Its Goals

Thursday, August 04, 2016

DC's "rogues-do-good" answer to Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy lacks that film's energy and charm; the result is a squalid, confusing mashup of tones and characters.

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This Time Out, Matt Damon's Not Feeling The 'Bourne'

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Jason Bourne is back — still, again, some more — in a new film critic Chris Klimek calls an "idea-starved vestigial tail" on the Bourne series.

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Bigger Budgets Boost 'Star Trek: Beyond,' But Small Screens Might Work Better

Friday, July 22, 2016

Chris Klimek says the fancy effects and swooping camera work of the new Star Trek film are fun to watch, but the story's civilization-seeking imperatives might still be better served by TV.

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