‘Olympus Has Fallen’ is a throwback to the popcorn-action flicks of yesteryear

Gerard Butler in 'Olympus Has Fallen'
Gerard Butler in ‘Olympus Has Fallen’

Inside the auditorium you’ve stepped into a time-warp.  You are back in the 1980s, the era of big-action movies with cheesy music, lots of bad-guys and some innocents going down and the hero or heroes always save the world just in the nick of time.  Stir in some modern special effects and technology and take out the cheesy music and you have Olympus Has Fallen.

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‘Playing for Keeps’ was best kept unproduced

Gerard Butler and Noah Lomax in 'Playing for Keeps'
Gerard Butler and Noah Lomax in ‘Playing for Keeps’

[rating=2]Starring:  Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman, Dennis Quaid, Judy Greer and Noah Lomax
Director(s):  Gabrielle Muccino
Writer(s):  Robbie Fox

Pop psychology writer Dan Kiley was the first to describe the “Peter Pan Syndrome”, and Playing for Keeps gives us a perfect example of this malady in its central character, “George” (Butler).

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‘Chasing Mavericks’ is great for surfers, but not everyone

Gerard Butler and Jonny Weston hit the waves in 'Chasing Mavericks'
Gerard Butler and Jonny Weston hit the waves in ‘Chasing Mavericks’

We’ve had films before with a “Maverick” in them.  One Maverick was an old West quick-draw/card-sharp who the ladies loved.  Another was a Navy fighter pilot with a big chip on his shoulder and a really bad attitude.  Now we have a new Maverick on the big screen, but this time it isn’t a person.  It’s a place in California that has gigantic waves that challenge the best of surfers.  It is known as either Mavericks or Maverick’s, so the title is accurate.

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