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RECAP: Sudden Death

Sudden Death (1995): Peter Hyams

Perhaps no movie better represents the “Die Hard in a ___” premise better than Sudden Death. The second collaboration between Hyams and Jean-Claude Van Damme, the hockey movie puts Van Damme in one of his least combative roles.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: At Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, a terrorist holds the Vice President hostage, and the only man who can stop them is…the fire marshal.  Continue Reading

RECAP: Everly

Everly (2014): Joe Lynch

Do you like Selma Hayek? Do you like samurai swords? Did you like Room? If you answered “yes” to all three, have a seat, open up that bag of freshly popped popcorn, and eat it fast while you watch this movie because it’s less than 90 minutes.

It’s so short because it has to be. The camera doesn’t leave the protagonist Everly’s hotel room until after the climax. Sometimes Everly leaves it, but not for long and not far.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: A sex slave named Everly kills a lot of folks from the cozy confines of her hotel room/prison. Continue Reading

Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus Has Fallen (2013): Antoine Fuqua

2013 saw the release of two movies in which the White House falls under siege. This is…one of them.

Aaron Eckhart plays a gravelly voiced tough guy in a compromised position in several of his movies. This is…one of them.

Antoine Fuqua, who directed only four movies from 2005-2012, put out as many movies since. This is…one of them.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: The White House is under enemy hands, and (say it ominously) there’s only one man for the job.  Continue Reading