This is Ron Salfen, “At The Movies,” and here’s my
commentary on some films now showing at The Majestic Theater in
“Forbidden Kingdom” features two of the
premier kung-fu stars of current cinema, Jet Li and Jackie Chan.
At least there’s a semblance of a plot around all the
kickboxing sequences. An
American teenager from
“88 Minutes,” by contrast, is completely humorless, and for good reason. A forensic psychiatrist, played by Al Pacino, seems to have his world imploding around him, as a serial killer he helped send to Death Row somehow allies with his young defense attorney, who then becomes Pacino’s student, the better to haunt him and cast suspicion around him. Pacino is again typecast as the grizzled, overwrought intelligentsia, but, he does it so well. The torture scenes are, well, tortuous, but you can get all wrapped up in who’s doing what to whom, despite the intermittent lame acting sequences. Be prepared to suspect everybody.
“Stop/Loss” is the honest movie about our
ground troops in
This is Ron Salfen, “At The Movies,” for 93-5 KICK FM