by Nathan Rabin
A direct-to-video action film pits Kellan Lutz against Jackson, who plays the mastermind of an online empire in which modern-day gladiators fight to the death.
Soon to be rebooted, the original Left Behind film series ended with the story of a badass, detective-like president battling the Antichrist.
The Sham-Wow Guy’s inAPPropriate Comedy is like Movie 43, minus the class and laughs. Also, it’s crazy racist.
In this late-career feature, Seagal tries to find his son’s murderer, matches wits with Eddie Griffin, engages in an epic curse-off, and kills a lot of black people.
Before he was a superhero and super-agent, the man who would be Hawkeye made a winning little movie about the invention of the Homer Simpson talking bottle opener.
Thanks to legal finagling, the rights to make Easy Rider sequels landed in the lap of Ohio lawyer Phil Pitzer, who decided there was no one better to write and star in the film than—Phil Pitzer.
After a string of action roles, 2008’s The Other Man could have been a chance for star Liam Neeson to get back to his dramatic roots. Instead, it seems intent on boring him and his audience to death.
For those interested in A Madea Christmas, Netflix recommends A Day In The Life, a hip-hopera written, directed by, and starring hip-hop veteran Sticky Fingaz. Anyone taking that recommendation will find a surprisingly innovative and unusual movie.
A 2008 supernatural comedy-romance-something-or-other provides a glimpse into the surreal lifestyle that may have provoked James Franco’s evolution into Hollywood’s pre-eminent weirdo.
A Netflix recommendation path leads from Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer’s dire-looking genre spoof The Starving Games to a 1970s-style film starring Jay Baruchel and Randy Quaid.
According to Netflix’s recommendation engine, only a few small steps separate Last Vegas from a bleak documentary on Hollywood’s sins, from the screenwriter of Cool As Ice.
Using the Jim Caviezel connection, Netflix’s recommendation engine takes users from Escape Plan’s musclebound action heroics to Hollywood On Fire, a hilariously earnest tribute to evangelical Hollywood Christians.
The Dissolve punched “Machete Kills” into Netflix and followed its recommendations to the Snoop Dogg-starring The L.A. Riot Spectacular. The results weren’t that amusing.
Comedy troupe Broken Lizard lent its name to the little-noticed comedy Freeloaders. For reasons known only to its recommendation engine, Netflix thinks it would be perfect for fans of Don Jon.
Following a recommendation trail from the forthcoming The Family, we land on a would-be cult classic inspired by Quentin Tarantino, samurai films, Westerns, and, oddly enough, Batman & Robin.
The low-key workplace dramedy Price Check lacks the scope of Edgar Wright’s new film, but it offers a similarly complex character study in the form of Parker Posey’s tour-de-force performance.
Lee Daniels’ The Butler has little in common with 2002’s Paper Soldiers, but the low-budget comedy offers a telling assessment of the man who links the two films: fallen hip-hop impresario Damon Dash.
Netflix thinks fans of the tiny blue utopian collective will enjoy a semi-obscure Jay Baruchel vehicle about a teenager who thinks he’s Trotsky reincarnated. What’s it trying to tell us?
The ever-undiscriminating Idris Elba is the connective tissue between Guillermo Del Toro’s monsters-vs.-robots epic and the dreadful would-be erotic thriller The Human Contract.