Monday, January 21, 2013

Get to the Choppa: Arnold Returns in 'The Last Stand'

It was a decent - if not extraordinary - week at the movies.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's first starring role in a decade - "The Last Stand" - was an amusing picture that emphasizes humor as much as violence, of which there is much.

It's no "Total Recall" or "The Terminator," but it's a mostly fun shoot'em up. And Schwarzenegger gets in a few good jokes at his own expense as well as a few one liners.

Allen Hughes's "Broken City" does not rank with the director's gritty "Menace II Society" or stylish "Dead Presidents," but it's a decent corruption thriller that offers a few genuine twists and surprises.

"Mama" is a pretty mediocre horror picture that is elevated by the presence of Jessica Chastain.

Here are my Patch reviews.

This coming weekend, I'll definitely catch up with Werner Herzog's "Happy People" as well as two of these three mainstream releases: "Parker," "Movie 43" and "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters."

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