Reviews

MAAC Review: THE NIGHT COMES FOR US

Aching for the sublime, THE NIGHT COMES FOR US, instead exposes glimpses of subdued guilt and an abrasive, primitive descent into a whirlpool of carnage and corporeal degradation.

‘Ito’ (Joe Taslim, The Raid) and ‘Arian’ (Iko Uwais, The Raid) are old friends trying to navigate the criminal world. During a routine massacre Ito has a revelation and decides he wants to exit the mysterious and violent world within the world that he inhabits. Arian on […]

By |October 20th, 2018|News, Reviews|0 Comments|

MAAC Review: GOLDEN JOB

20 years after the innumerable YOUNG AND DANGEROUS movies and spin-offs, the cast reunites for GOLDEN JOB and goes for some inconsequential and nonsensical globetrotting shenanigans.

Five years after a protection mission goes horribly wrong a heist goes awry for this bunch of well dressed middle aged men.

Heavy handed sentimentality and nostalgia galore is interspersed with substantial, robust, if somewhat bland action scenes throughout. One part […]

By |October 3rd, 2018|News, Reviews|0 Comments|

MAAC Review: MAXIMUM IMPACT

Amateur non-actors and washed-up B-level stars team up to put food on the table, but who will be forced to watch the abomination?

Basically MAXIMUM IMPACT is a comedy of the middle aged men with large prostates who needs to pee every 20 second variation. Featuring “funny” music cues and nursery rhymes with beats. Also one guy is big and one is small.

Hopefully a couple of these actors got a handsome salary for showing up. […]

By |September 23rd, 2018|News, Reviews|0 Comments|

MAAC Review: BIG BROTHER

Domestic and social issues takes precedence over action cinema in Kam Ka-Wai’s well meaning, if somewhat meandering youth drama. Donnie Yen stars as ‘Henry Chen Xia’, former military and martial arts expert turned teacher. Armed with a smile, a mysterious past and knowledge as his weapon of choice, he applies for a job at a school with many “problem students”. He goes about trying to solve, help and take interest in the lives of […]

By |September 10th, 2018|News, Reviews|0 Comments|

MAAC Review: BUYBUST

I really wanted to like this. The hype around it has been endearing. What little action has been shown in promotional material has been dodgy at best but I was ready to give it the benefit of a doubt. They promote it as some second coming of the philippine action cinema and made a big deal out of statistics (309 stuntmen, 928 liters of blood, 15,321 bullets etc.). Apparently two years in the making, […]

By |July 24th, 2018|News, Reviews|0 Comments|

MAAC Review: DETECTIVE DEE – THE FOUR HEAVENLY KINGS

TSUI HARK is without a doubt one of Hong Kong cinemas greatest directors and has renewed himself multiple times through the years. His movies are often overstuffed, overblown, erratic, energetic and all over the place. They are wildly uneven and a bit hit or miss. They are also negotiating space for the suppressed and are in a constant discourse over who enacts ownership of the past.

DETECTIVE DEE: THE FOUR HEAVENLY KINGS picks up […]

By |July 19th, 2018|News, Reviews|0 Comments|

MAAC Review: SIBERIA

Diamond merchant Lucas Hill (Keanu Reeves) travel to St. Petersburg to close a deal. He finds himself in a tight spot when he discovers that his partner Pyotr and the diamonds has mysteriously vanished. As the deal is slowly collapsing, Lucas heads to Siberia in hopes of finding Pyotr, but instead falls for local café owner Katya (Ana Ularu). Different factions interested in Lucas rare blue diamonds are closing in, all the while Lucas […]

By |July 11th, 2018|News, Reviews|0 Comments|

MAAC Review: RE-BORN

Here in the west actor/martial artist TAK SAKAGUCHI is probably most known for the cult low-budget gangster/zombie-flick ‘Versus’ (Ryûhei Kitamura, 2000) as well as for staging most of his films in the woods. While I’m not too familiar with his work, in RE:BORN he manages to impress with his carefree swagger and loose ease in delivery.

Tak plays “Ghost”, a retired covert soldier who runs a […]

By |June 28th, 2018|News, Reviews|0 Comments|

MAAC Review: ASTRO

Alexander, a billionaire who has developed his private space program, returns from a parallel universe through a black hole with an pointy-eared emo-alien. He finds out it somehow has identical DNA to his old military buddy Jack (Gary Daniels). Alexander now wants to take the reluctant Jack on a new space journey. Meanwhile Alexanders evil son, accused of something #metoo-related, is tweeting that everyone will soon be owned by him and his space travel […]

By |June 6th, 2018|News, Reviews|0 Comments|

MAAC Review: DEADPOOL 2

In DEADPOOL 2, the sequel to the wildly successful original film, we find foul-mouthed, rule breaking Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) more comfortable with his identity as ‘Deadpool’ and madly in love with his now wife, ‘Vanessa’ (Morena Baccarin). However, after a tragic event, Wade finds himself at a loss, only to be called into action to save a young teen, ‘Russell’ aka ‘Firefist’ (Julian Dennison) from the vengeful fate of time-traveling cyborg, ‘Cable’ (Josh […]

By |May 30th, 2018|News, Reviews|0 Comments|

MAAC Review: ACCIDENT MAN

The popular cult action hero of present time, SCOTT ADKINS (Boyka:Undisputed, Ninja 1 & 2) returns with a new fun romp that further solidifies that he is capable of leading a big budget action movie. Adkins has always been on the cusp of Hollywood blockbusters, but mostly as a stuntman or henchmen character. In JESSE V. JOHNSON‘s ACCIDENT MAN, Adkins steps into the writer’s chair along with a producer’s hat on. This makes ‘Accident […]

By |March 5th, 2018|News, Reviews|0 Comments|

MAAC Review: BLACK PANTHER

Eighteen movies into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s easy to think (and sometimes proven) that their formula can grow stale. This is especially evident when introducing newer heroes in their own solo outing. Origin stories for superhero movies become more and more apparent that you’re selling the same product. For BLACK PANTHER, it benefits from having its hero already established in a previous movie — Captain America: Civil War.

“Black Panther” is […]

By |February 21st, 2018|News, Reviews|0 Comments|

MAAC Review: KICKBOXER – RETALIATION

KICKBOXER: RETALIATION takes place one year after the events of ‘Kickboxer: Vengeance’. Kurt Sloane (Alain Moussi) has left the illegal underground fighting behind him. But gangster and illegal fight promoter Thomas Moore (Christopher Lambert) kidnapps Sloane, tries to force him back and enter into one last fight to the death. To convince Sloane, he is put in a prison where gangs of thugs will attack him and guards will whip him daily until he […]

By |January 21st, 2018|News, Reviews|2 Comments|

MAAC Review: CHASING THE DRAGON

Co-directed by WONG JING and veteran cinematographer JASON KWAN (which explains how bloody gorgeous the film is), CHASING THE DRAGON is a remake of 1991’s ‘To Be Number One’ and follows the story of real-life drug lord ‘Crippled Ho’ (played by DONNIE YEN) from his humble beginnings as a Chaozhou native struggling to survive with his “brothers” in the mean streets of 1960s Hong Kong to his rise as the city’s most notorious drug […]

By |October 14th, 2017|News, Reviews|1 Comment|

MAAC Review: RAILROAD TIGERS

RAILROAD TIGERS is an action comedy starring the one and only JACKIE CHAN and is directed by DING SHENG. Director Sheng is best known for such works as ‘Little Big Soldier’ and more notably ‘Police Story 2013’ starring Chan himself.

Here’s a quick spoiler free breakdown for those not in the know. ‘Railroad Tigers’ is basically a comedic version of ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’. […]

By |June 25th, 2017|News, Reviews|0 Comments|

MAAC Review: XXX – RETURN OF XANDER CAGE

A three-quel to a franchise that nobody really asked for, XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE somehow finds a way to make it justifiable for producer and star VIN DIESEL to jump start once again.

It is really a simple formula: take what is good about the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise (ridiculous action pieces with a “team” concept) […]

By |January 21st, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments|

MAAC Review: KICKBOXER – VENGEANCE

The original 1989 ‘Kickboxer’ was one of my favorite Jean-Claude Van Damme classic growing up, so I have been waiting for this remake to come out since it was first announced. With the potential of the awesome cast (Dave Bautista, Gina Carano, JCVD himself!), leading man ALAIN MOUSSI’s martial arts and stunts background, and the involvement of fight choreographer LARNELL STOVALL (Undisputed 3), I had some pretty high expectations for KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE to say […]

By |August 27th, 2016|News, Reviews|2 Comments|

MAAC Review: IP MAN 3

The dynamic duo of director WILSON YIP (Ip Man, SPL) and martial arts superstar DONNIE YEN is back together once again to cap off the epic ‘Ip Man’ trilogy. Coming along for the ride is former boxing Champion MIKE TYSON and up-and-coming star MAX ZHANG (SPL 2: A Time For Consequences). (THE FOLLOWING WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS. PLEASE STOP READING NOW IF YOU WANT TO AVOID SPOILERS.)

IP MAN 3 picks up a few years after […]

By |January 19th, 2016|Reviews|0 Comments|

MAAC Review: SPL 2 – A TIME FOR CONSEQUENCES

A sequel in name (and theme) only to 2005’s martial arts crime thriller ‘Sha Po Lang’ directed by Wilson Yip, SPL 2: A TIME FOR CONSEQUENCES brings back two key members from the original (WU JING and SIMON YAM) and adding two other martial arts stars in TONY JAA (Ong Bak) and MAX ZHANG (Ip Man 3) to fill in for Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung.

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MAAC Review: POUND OF FLESH

Having worked with martial arts star JEAN CLAUDE VAN DAMME on two previous films (Assassination Games, 6 Bullets), director ERNIE BARBARASH is back for a third outing with “The Muscles from Brussels”.

The plot is pretty straight forward. Van Damme plays ‘Deacon’, a man who woke up with his kidney missing after a wild night out. His mission: to get BACK what is rightfully his with a lot of ass-kickin’, preferably with a ‘Bible’.