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 more 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. Movie screens at midnight. (PG-13) SCOTT FOUNDAS

Fri., Jan. 13; Sat., Jan. 14, 2012

 
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