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Review: Last Stand (2013)

(71) This Hollywood effort from Kim Jee-woon may lack the raw energy of The Good, the Bad, and the Weird, and the psychological complexity of his A Tale of Two Sisters, but compares favorably to the early American work of director John Woo. This modern-day western is a decent start for Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is trying to reconstruct his image as an action icon.

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Review: Godzilla (2014)

(78) Gareth Edwards delivers on his promise of an American Godzilla more in line with the original than Emmerich’s ‘98 attempt. In fact, this feels more like the 1954 classic than any of the numerous sequels. Godzilla himself is giant, unstoppable, and genuinely awe-inspiring – the very monster we grew up on. Unfortunately, the human characters are also the ones we grew up on. Bland dialogue, missed thematic opportunities, and an undeveloped protagonist squander the efforts of an excellent cast.

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Review: War of the Gargantuas (1966)

(71) Godzilla may have made Ishiro Honda famous but he wasn’t the man’s only monster. Of the various other tokusatsu pictures Honda directed, the “Frankenstein” movies are perhaps the most beloved. Gargantuas is the sequel to Frankenstein Conquers the World, and pits the creature against his own genetic clone. It’s science is absurd, and it’s monsters unusual, but Gargantuas packs some inventive, campy monster action that kaiju fans will devour with joy.

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