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The screenplay is as sclerotic and slow moving as its two punch drunk leads

Andrei Konchalovsky - The roots and rarities of a man of two worlds

Andrei Konchalovsky is famed for his US genre films but his Russian work best represents him, argues Geoffrey Macnab

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There's nothing quite as unedifying as watching Eighties Hollywood beefcakes still trying to muscle in on action films

DVD: The Expendables (15)

Handled right, Sly Stallone's testosterone-fuelled hokum could have been fun. But it's not. Stallone mostly plays the action straight, and it's aimed at 12-year-old boys.

Hollywood learns to grow up

As young crowds drift away from cinemas, producers are targeting the 'Back To The Future' generation

It's Only A Movie, By Mark Kermode

Jolly, smart and shrewd, this film critic's memoir nonetheless sails under a false flag. The publishers want you to imagine it consists of salty anecdotes about the stars.

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Did you really think the macho overkill of 1980s cinema had been terminated? As 'The Expendables' lumbers on to the big screen, Shane Danielsen laments the return of the steroidal action epic

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Stallone joins US invasion of French ghettoes

The actor Sylvester Stallone will venture tomorrow to a place where even his tough-guy alter-egos Rambo and Rocky might fear to tread: the suburbs of greater Paris.

Moat's brother describes 'cry of anguish' from man who suffered too much

Family suggest police Taser caused rain-soaked fugitive's death

Police round up 'Russian Rambo' gang

Two gunmen have died during a five-hour siege with Russian police.

A new Eagle has landed, hopes the British creator of Kick Ass

Judging by the nine-picture deal which Samuel L Jackson has apparently signed to reprise the Iron Man films' eyepatch-wearing superspy Nick Fury, the appetite for US superhero films isn't expected to die down soon, with outings for Kenneth Branagh's Thor, Captain America and The Avengers also in the pipeline.

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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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