Big Trouble in Little China

John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China (1986) is an enjoyable mash-up of classic Westerns, Saturday-morning serials, and Chinese wuxia than any of the Indiana Jones movies, with Kurt Russell in full bloom as Carpenter's de rigueur hard-drinkin', hard-gamblin', wise-crackin' loner hero—a bowling-alley John Wayne. When I was all of eight, this seemed like just about the greatest movie ever made, and like much of Carpenter's work, it has aged well. Screens with The Goonies. 21 and over. (PG-13) SCOTT FOUNDAS

Tue., Feb. 2, 8 p.m., 2010

 
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