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Discuss: Do The Flops 'The Last Stand' & 'Bullet To The Head' Spell The End For Schwarzenegger & Stallone?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 5, 2013 2:33 PM
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The listings for the multilpex at the moment kind of feels like a timewarp into the early 1990s. A couple weeks ago, Arnold Schwarzenegger made his return to starring roles after a decade spent bankrupting California as the state's governor, in "The Last Stand." On Friday, Sylvester Stallone starred in "Bullet to the Head," a throwback actioner directed by the long-absent Walter Hill. And there's plenty more where they came from. Arnie & Sly will reteam in September for "The Tomb," while the latter returns two months later opposite Robert De Niro in "Grudge Match." And in 2014, the Governator will lead David Ayer's "Ten," alongside Sam Worthington.

Box Office: Jessica Chastain Dominates With 'Mama' & 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'The Last Stand' Flops

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 20, 2013 1:03 PM
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Jessica Chastain: A-List star? Following a Best Actress Oscar nomination for "Zero Dark Thirty," the leading lady stars in the top two films at the box office despite a fairly crowded weekend. Cheapie horror film "Mama" blew away a couple of newcomers to open strong at the top spot, followed by the second weekend of Kathryn Bigelow's Best Picture nominee, both movies showcasing the actress in very different roles. It's not enough that Chastain's films would finish 1-2, but rather that in the horror picture, she plays an ineffectual goth surrogate mother, and in the military thriller, she assumes the role of a government-approved dealer of death. Swank, thy name is Chastain. Not Hilary Swank, though, don't get it twisted.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Broken City' Will Take 'The Last Stand' For Your 'Mama'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • January 18, 2013 3:58 PM
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It's another weekend of post-New-Year roll-outs, and this batch continues to solidify January's low-rung status in the theatrical release schedule. Even with the bloated roster of celebrity names, there is a noted dearth of quality among the films (plus, no Ryan Gosling, whose appearance always makes things just a little bit better). Now, we're not trying to discourage you from going to see the Governator's cinematic comeback, or Guillermo del Toro's newest (and weakest) CGI monster... Okay, fine, yes we are. So here are a few alternatives: (1) check out our 2013 Oscar coverage, and catch up with the nominees you haven't seen yet; (2) brush up on your film history and update your Netflix queue with recommendations from our latest features, including Kim Jee-Woon, Max Von Sydow, and Ang Lee. Enjoy!

Retrospective: The Films Of 'The Last Stand' Director Kim Jee-Woon

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 17, 2013 11:57 AM
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This weekend, American audiences will be introduced to a filmmaker they most likely have never heard of – South Korean director Kim Jee-woon. A talented, genre-bending filmmaker whose artistic depth is matched only by his technical proficiency, he's making his western debut with "The Last Stand," an old-school action thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (read our review here). But for fans of Asian cinema, he's been a director many have been keeping an eye on for a long time now.

Review: 'The Last Stand' Heralds The Return Of Arnold Schwarzenegger In A Big, Brash & Ultimately Overlong Slog

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • January 17, 2013 10:40 AM
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Arnold Schwarzenegger casts a giant shadow in his first full-fledged return to the big screen, and Korean auteur Kim Jee-woon kowtows in turn, churning out the stylishly anonymous "The Last Stand," a hopefully-timeless throwback to the iron-jawed heroes of Arnie's yesteryear. The film that ends up on screen zigs and zags in fits and starts, only to come alive during a frenetic half hour that features a small-town showdown nearly worth the price of admission alone. It's the remaining hour and thirty minutes that drags the fireworks down -- the leaden dialogue and morsels of character development do the film no favors, and when the pacing halts so that Forest Whitaker's Agent Bannister can deliver another bit of shameless exposition, "The Last Stand" begins to sag and sigh, not unlike the superstar at the heart of it.

Watch: Blood-Spurting, Body-Exploding Red Band Trailer For Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'The Last Stand'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 8, 2013 9:02 AM
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If the promo materials for “The Last Stand” are anything to go by, we don’t really know why anyone was excited about Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to acting. Although he was never renowned for his skills as an actor, it’s clear that age has caught up with the Austrian Oak. With the film's release date drawing closer, the studio has released a red-band trailer to pump up Arnie’s fans for the action in store.

Watch: Arnie Is Feeling Old In New Clip & Poster From 'The Last Stand'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2013 12:02 PM
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Yesterday, if you had your eye on the Twittersphere, you may have noticed a handful of peeps tweeting about hanging out with Arnold Schwarzenegger as he drove around in a tank crushing cars. Apparently, a handful of journos were invited around to watch the aging actor engage in this activity as part of a promo thing for "The Last Stand." And while we didn't have the distinct pleasure of being there, we can only imagine it was more fun that the movie itself.

Will These Films Suck? The Question Mark Films Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 4, 2013 12:00 PM
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Over the last few days, we've been pin-pointing 100 of the films we're most looking forward to over the next twelve months. Of course, they won't all be great -- and some will be terrible -- but they all give some reason for hope, to one degree or another.

Watch: Arnold Schwarzenegger Takes 'The Last Stand' In Brand New Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2012 5:31 PM
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"I'm old," Arnold Schwarzenegger declares in this new trailer for "The Last Stand," and indeed he's gotten on in years since his action hero glory days. At 65 years old, his ass kicking days are fading fast, but he's still getting in a few shots at the bad guys as he gets set to return to his first leading man action role in a long, long time next month.

New Image Of Gerard Butler As A Leprechaun In 'Movie 43' Plus New Still Of Arnie In 'The Last Stand'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 26, 2012 4:47 PM
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As we recently wrote, Gerard Butler could probably use a new agent by this point or maybe just a better sense of material. "Chasing Mavericks" opens this weekend with zero buzz, and it will likely be just as quickly forgotten as "Machine Gun Preacher" and probably the upcoming "Playing For Keeps." But the actor will change things up and kick off the New Year as....a leprechaun.

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