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  • 'Killer Elite'

    'Killer Elite'
    A big revision of the Sam Peckinpah-directed 1975 James Caan-Robert Duvall melodrama, this update doesn't shortchange on action ... especially since it's been retooled for "Transporter" staple Jason Statham.
  • 'Straw Dogs' review: You thought all remakes existed for a reason?

    'Straw Dogs' review: You thought all remakes existed for a reason?
    ** (out of four) Forty years ago, Sam Peckinpah’s “Straw Dogs” brutally taught a pacifist (Dustin Hoffman) a lesson: When faced with no other option, you’ll be violent too! Now, at a time when absolutely no one doubts what human...

    Movie review: 'Straw Dogs'

    Movie review: 'Straw Dogs'
    Writer-director Rod Lurie's bird-brained remake of "Straw Dogs" doesn't work on its own terms, and it can't hold a candle to the unruly, unstable merits of Sam Peckinpah's 1971 original. It's miscast, barely functional in terms of technique, stupid and...

    It's still music to Dan Wallin's ears

    It's still music to Dan Wallin's ears
    Just before noon on a clear fall day, the Newman stage on the 20th Century Fox lot is alive with bright lights, hovering microphones and a full 105-piece orchestra. It's one of the final scoring sessions for "Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,"...

    DVD review: 'Three Outlaw Samurai'

    DVD review: 'Three Outlaw Samurai'
    Despite occasional retrospectives at venues like (but not limited to) the American Cinematheque, Japanese director Hideo Gosha has never quite received the attention in the U.S. that he deserves. Now Criterion has issued his first feature on DVD and Blu-...