Sarah Paulson's walking on broken Glass in the trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's latest

The trailer for M. Night Shayamalan’s Glass debuted this afternoon following a panel about the film at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, featuring Sarah Paulson as a psychiatrist who lays out the backstory for Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and James McAvoy’s characters in the film, all now imprisoned in a mental…

Neither Death Wish film dares to grapple with the anti-vigilante stance of the novel

Brian Garfield’s 1972 book Death Wish was written as a challenge to audiences. The impulse behind its premise is understandable, even sympathetic: A man craves revenge after his wife is killed and his daughter raped in a horrific attack. With the NYPD unable to catch the perpetrators and seemingly powerless against…

Bruce Willis has a Death Wish in Eli Roth's faithfully fascist, gun-nut remake

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There’s bad timing, and then there’s releasing a new Death Wish movie right now. This slick, gory remake of the “classic” Charles Bronson vigilante potboiler was originally scheduled to open last November, before someone reasoned that a movie about an aging white dude on a rampage might not play so hot in the…

The novel that inspired Die Hard has its structure, but none of its holiday spirit

When Die Hard was released in 1988, it was a rebuke to the kind of action film Hollywood was churning out to increasingly ludicrous ends. As detailed by Tom Breihan in his A History Of Violence column, John McTiernan’s film zagged where other blockbusters had zigged: the action was fairly small-scale, confined to a…

The Death Wish trailer proves that yes, someone thought this was a good idea

The Death Wish remake moves the vigilante action from New York to Chicago, in what we hope is just a nod to the ending of the first film, and not some Trump fan service. But as we see in this first trailer, many of the original franchise’s markers remain otherwise in place—Paul Kersey’s (Bruce Willis) wife and…

This ’90s version of Batman V Superman is weirdly convincing

The Zack Snyder-helmed DC cinematic universe has proven extraordinarily divisive. Many despise the director’s blue-tinted ultra-macho take on the series, full of serious men growling about dying gods; others, well, like all that blue dying-god shit. But we’re not here to re-litigate the problems or virtues of Man Of…

As Bruce Willis proves in Once Upon A Time In Venice, you can’t embarrass yourself if you don’t try

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While there’s little chance that Bruce Willis will ever again get to work with the kind of material and behind-the-camera talent that helped make him a wiseass action star in the 1980s and ’90s, he tries the fourth or fifth next best thing with Once Upon A Time In Venice, a tiresome imitation of smart-alecky Shane…

Breaking the habit: A dozen-plus unconventional movie nuns

The women who dedicate themselves to the convent give up a lot for their lifetime of service; maybe that’s why their numbers are falling like a meteor plummeting to Earth. On the upside: Married to God. Downside: Vows of chastity, poverty, and worst of all, obedience. That trio of rules doesn’t leave much room for…

Joe Carnahan thinks his version of Death Wish would ass-whomp Eli Roth’s

When Joe Carnahan left MGM and Paramount’s remake of the crude ’70s revenge thriller Death Wish, he did it with all the tact and good-neighbor diplomacy of someone calling the studio exec he was dealing with a “gutless turd.” Which is ironic, considering he was trying to bring a more thoughtful and meditative…

The Nice Guys’ Beau Knapp to play bad guy in Death Wish remake

As long as we’re coming to terms with the fact that Eli Roth will likely be making the Death Wish reboot into Hostel Part IV: Death Wish Takes Manhattan, we might as well start focusing on the two-dimensional scuzzballs that Bruce Willis’ protagonist will be offing with his hand cannon. It appears as though the chief…