Movie Review: STUBER

STUBER movie poster | ©2019 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin Writer: Tripper Clancy Director: Michael Dowse Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: July 12, 2019 STUBER pairs Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani in a buddy action comedy. Given the track record of both performers, especially Nanjiani, STUBER feels like it ought to be funnier. It’s agreeable in a LETHAL WEAPON knockoff way, and its leads are both deeply likeable. It’s just that few of the gags land in the way that seems intended. Bautista plays LAPD detective Vic, ferociously determined to avenge the death of his partner […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE RAID 2: BERANDAL

THE RAID 2: BERANDAL poster | ©2014 Sony Pictures Classics

Rating: R Stars: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadewo, Alex Abbad, Julie Estelle, Cok Simbara Writer: Gareth Evans Director: Gareth Evans Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: March 28, 2014 2012’s THE RAID: REDEMPTION has some of the most astonishing martial arts sequences to be seen in a film distributed in the United States. Now its sequel, THE RAID 2: BERANDAL, is here. Like its predecessor, THE RAID 2 is written and directed by Gareth Evans and stars the gifted Iko Uwais as dedicated kickass Jakarta cop Rama. In the first film, Rama fought his way […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE RAID: REDEMPTION (SERBUAN MAUT)

THE RAID: REDEMPTION movie poster | ©2012 Sony Pictures Classics

Rating: R Stars: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Doni Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian, Pierre Gruno, Ray Sahetapy Writer: Gareth Huw Evans Director: Gareth Huw Evans Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: U.S. March 23, 2012 There is no such thing as nonstop action in a feature film. Sooner or later, a character will get into an elevator, peer apprehensively around a corner or ask a question. This reviewer is duly bound to report that all of these things happen at one point or another in THE RAID: REDEMPTION. These moments stand out in this context, because they are among the very few […]Read On »

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