Chris Klimek

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The Brutalities Of War Bring Surprising Angles To 'Fury'

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fury, David Ayer's brutal, reflective, wholly absorbing World War II movie, is about tank-to-tank combat and the way war degrades everyone it touches, but for about a minute it looks like a Western. A rider on a white horse crosses a misty field in no great hurry, gradually filling the ...


'I Am Ali' Doesn't Open Many New Doors, But It Offers Fresh Voices

Thursday, October 09, 2014

No athlete has ever been more delightful to listen to than Muhammad Ali, the big-headed, big-hearted, irreducibly quotable heavyweight boxer who elevated trash talk to an art form and who was all of 21 when Columbia Records released his spoken-word album, I Am the Greatest. He defied sports-publicity custom by ...


'The Equalizer' Pits Mallet Against Man And Man Against Corkscrew

Friday, September 26, 2014

"A feud is this way," Mark Twain wrote in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. "A man has a quarrel with another man and kills him; then that other man's brother kills him; then the other brothers, on both sides, goes for one another; then the cousins chip in — and ...


Not Quite Bond, Pierce Brosnan Is Back In Action In 'The November Man'

Friday, August 29, 2014

Sean Connery was 53 when he downed his last vodka martini as James Bond (though he'd previously walked away from the role and been lured back twice). Roger Moore was 57 at the time of his last mission on Her Majesty's Secret Service (though he didn't look a day over ...


'Expendable' Indeed: The Best Of A Bad Bunch Is Still Pretty Bad

Friday, August 15, 2014

Just be glad it isn't The Expendables 3-D.

The third installment in Sylvester Stallone's jobs program for expired action heroes is easily the best of the bunch, which is not to say it's any good. The Expendables series -- basically what we'd get if Marvel released Iron Man, Thor and ...


'Lucy': Hot Buttered Popcorn, With Plenty Of Nuts

Friday, July 25, 2014

What would you do if you could access 100 percent of your brain's potential processing power? Reverse climate change? Pick up new languages while you sleep? Pay your rent on time? Invent an iPhone capable of making and receiving telephone calls?

More important: Would you savor the salty, crunchy, hot-buttered ...


Voting Blockbusters: One Man's Battle With His Own Mind

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I've lived a dissolute life of cowardice and regret, but that's no biggie, because I was also part of a 13-critic jury — all staffers of or contributors to the superb website-for-movie-lovers The Dissolve — who chose, via three rounds of voting, the 50 greatest summer blockbusters, circa 1975-2013. The ...


The Bending Of Time And The Elasticity Of 'X-Men'

Saturday, May 24, 2014

It's no secret that X-Men: Days of Future Past — the fifth X-Men picture in 14 years, give or take a couple of solo Wolverine movies, and the fourth good one — is a time-travel movie. It borrows its title and much of its premise from a well-loved story by ...


Thanks To H.R. Giger, For All The Sleepless Nights

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

H.R. Giger was the guy who made me sleep with the lights on for years.

The iconic Swiss painter and sculptor, who died Monday at the age of 74, reportedly suffered from night terrors for much of his life, so perhaps his inimitable art was his revenge upon the world. ...


The Fist, The Shield And The Gun

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The two best action pictures on offer at the moment are the Indonesian martial arts/crime sequel The Raid 2, which spills blood by the barrel, and the Marvel superhero sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier, wherein most of the similarly high body count is kept just offscreen. They're officially both ...


Who Killed The New 'RoboCop'?

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Retouchables is a column examining the recycling of pop-cultural properties. Future installments will discuss remakes in development, or that should be, or that were made but should not have been, or for which I have written several script treatments. Did you not get them? Call me.

Our inaugural ...


The Starfleet Divide: The 'Star Trek' Universe Revisits One Of Its Great Debates

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

[Caution: contains pretty abundant spoilers about the Star Trek universe, but only fairly nonspecific ones about the new film.]

Star Trek, director J.J. Abrams' 2009 reboot of the ever-optimistic LBJ-era science fiction franchise, somehow walked the flaming tightrope of pleasing Trekkies and civilians alike. Brilliantly recasting the beloved and ancient-or-dead ...