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Underworld: Awakening
When humans sniff out the existence of vampires and Lycans, all hell breaks loose.
"...Perhaps the producers felt the Underworld franchise had gorged on its elaborate mythology – of..."

Jan. 27, 2012 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Underworld: Blood Wars
Vampires vs. werewolves (again)
"...this fifth installment in the crimson-drenched and exponentially long-in-the-tooth-and-nail Underworld franchise, she’s less likely to be remembered for her..."

Jan. 13, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Underworld: Evolution
This tale of the ongoing hostilities between vampires and werewolves is pockmarked by the discordant likes of Puscifer and Slipknot.
"...ongoing hostilities between the vampires and the werewolves in Underworld: Evolution, however, are pockmarked by the discordant likes of..."

Jan. 27, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Underworld
Kate Beckinsale bares her fangs as a vampire assassin in in a shaggy werewolf story.
"...wolfmen). It is the perfectly cast Beckinsale who lifts Underworld out and away from the film’s many moments of..."

Sept. 19, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Despite being the third entry in the Underworld series, this is a prequel story about the age-old war between the vampires and the werewolves.
"...Len Wiseman hit upon the central conceit of the Underworld series back in 2003, he wisely locked in Nighy..."

Jan. 30, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Bill Adler and the Drug Underworld Innocence and Savagery
"...I knew he had entered maybe the toughest crack underworld in the nation -- central Detroit -- and emerged..."

Jan. 26, 1996 Books Feature

M
Lang's unnerving tale of a deranged child-killer (with Lorre in a star-making turn) is a riveting example of Expressionist filmmaking.
"...element (his crimes are so atrocious that even the underworld is desperate to stop him) are breathtaking in their..."

Dec. 5, 1997 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Sarkar
Bollywood gangster film honors The Godfather.
"...technique. Realistically set in the modern Mumbai (formerly Bombay) underworld, Sarkar differs from the Bollywood narrative pageants that pause..."

Aug. 5, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

We Are X
Japanese rockers are the best band you've never heard of
"...music documentarian Kijak’s latest foray into the pop music underworld with this visceral, bracing portrait of Japanese progressive metal..."

Oct. 28, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Darkness
Supernatural horror film from the Blumhouse scare factory
"...youngster unwittingly begins to open a portal to the underworld, allowing the five Anasazi demons entrapped in the purloined..."

May 20, 2016 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Our Brand Is Crisis
Sandra Bullock shines in David Gordon Green's political comedy
"...it’s pulling its punches far too frequently. The murky underworld of political spin masters is ripe for filmic subversion,..."

Oct. 30, 2015 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Book of Life
Dia de los Muertos provides a colorful and vivid background for this animated film.
"...(Saldana). Manolo is tricked into pursuing Maria to the underworld, where he visits the Land of the Forgotten and..."

Oct. 17, 2014 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Mardaani
In this Hindi film, a female cop tangles with a human-trafficking ring.
"...of a young girl leads her into the sordid underworld of human trafficking. Reportedly, the film's final cut had..."

Aug. 22, 2014 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Don 2
In this Bollywood film, an underworld boss, having conquered the Asian crime syndicate, now sets his sights on world domination.
"...reviewed at press time. In this Bollywood film, an underworld boss, having conquered the Asian crime syndicate, now sets..."

Dec. 30, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Whiteout
Kate Beckinsale plays a U.S. marshal who must investigate a murder in Antarctica and wrap it up quickly because winter is starting in three days.
"...from Angelina Jolie’s reject pile. At least the blue-hued Underworld films were trashy fun – would that a leather-clad..."

Sept. 18, 2009 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Dark Streets
A collection of blues originals by the likes of Aaron Neville, B.B. King, and Etta James lightens this otherwise dreary exercise in modern film noir.
"...They happily chart their hero’s descent into the criminal underworld with that familiar brand of naked-city, private-detective, raincoats-and-fedoras, tough-guys-and-dangerous-dames,..."

Dec. 12, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

RocknRolla
Director Guy Ritchie once more delivers a kinetic and consequence-free tribute to the criminal lifestyle.
"...the improbable mutual acquaintanceship that permeates his imaginary criminal underworld, and the witty narration that plays like a voiceover..."

Oct. 31, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Skinwalkers
Another subpar, bite 'n' slash, PG-13 bloodless-bath.
"...lycanthropic debacles such as Blood and Chocolate, Van Helsing, Underworld: Evolution, or Cursed and has forged on, despite all..."

Aug. 17, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Racing junkies would be better off browsing the many online drifting videos in which the camera doesn't cut and the people don't speak.
"...Tokyo, he quickly becomes entrenched in the city's racing underworld, which, as it turns out, holds close ties with..."

June 16, 2006 Movie Review by Brian Clark

Marebito
Although long on style and concept, this film lacks the primal urgency of Shimizu’s 2003 J-horror blockbuster Ju-on.
"...terror itself, and though the cameraman finds a shadowy underworld behind a hidden door (or does he?), Marebito is..."

Jan. 20, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Lord of War
Gattaca writer-director Andrew Niccol shines his usual cynicism on the subject of gunrunning in his new film, a strange amalgam of compelling visuals and fascinating vocational details forged with deep moral ambivalence and often hollow didacticism.
"...feeling that Niccol has only recently discovered the dirty underworld of arms dealing and now needs to proclaim its..."

Sept. 16, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Van Helsing
Hugh Jackman's mysterious monster hunter is pittefd against nearly the entire pantheon of Universal’s classic monsters, including Dracula and and the Wolf-Man.
"...so sleekly sexy in that other recent vampire epic Underworld, is all bombast and haughty demeanor, and in her..."

May 7, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Transporter
"...and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels), a fastidious underworld courier who delivers high-risk parcels, no questions asked, in..."

Oct. 11, 2002 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

City of Lost Souls
"...Along the way we witness Miike's startling display of underworld sights -- a dwarf brushing his teeth with cocaine,..."

Aug. 9, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Salton Sea
"...first of two new films about the extremely seedy underworld of the methamphetamine addict to hit theatres this summer..."

June 28, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Bedazzled
"...transformations). Hurley plays a sexy Beelzebub, shilling for the underworld as if she were hawking some new beauty product...."

Oct. 20, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Kikujiro
"...whose films often deal with cops and the violent underworld. Not only is Kikujiro sweet and funny, it is,..."

June 30, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Suicide Kings
"...wealthy, Ivy League college boys intent on using his underworld contacts to secure the release of the sister of..."

April 24, 1998 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Playing God
"...this doctorly act brings Eugene to the attention of underworld kingpin Raymond Blossom (Hutton) and his seductive girlfriend Claire..."

Oct. 17, 1997 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Mulholland Falls
"...Penn -- are well known by most of L.A.'s underworld. When Hoover's former lover Allison Pond (Connelly) is found..."

April 26, 1996 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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