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The enduring popularity of the action movie has drenched the genre in cliche yet glorious invention abounds around the globe - fighting is the international language. Fashionable styles of film-making come and go but action movies just change their shoes and remain centre-stage. Great glittering galaxies of genre from across the Alice universe have been gleaned to assemble a suitably kick-ass selection of ballistic ballet and poetic pugilism to scintillate the delicate senses of our discerning clientele. Are you ready to rumble? Are you feeling lucky, Sir/Madame? Our suggestions for a hearty evening of action are listed below. Pictured: Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang springs into action. Sean Connery as agent 007 in "Diamonds are Forever" (1971).

300: Rise of an Empire ( Blu-ray ) (2014)

6.2/10
Director: Noam Murro
Starring: Hans Matheson, Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green, Sullivan Stapleton

This new chapter of the epic saga "300", told in the breathtaking visual style that defined the original blockbuster, brings the fight for glory to a... Read more

47 Ronin (2013)

6.3/10
Director: Carl Rinsch
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Tadanobu Asano, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rinko Kikuchi, Ko Shibasaki

After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honour to their people... Read more

7 Boxes (2012)

7.2/10
Director: Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schembori
Starring: Celso Franco, Victor Sosa, Lali Gonzalez

A.k.a. "7 cajas". It's Friday night in Asunción, Paraguay and the temperature is sweltering. Víctor, a 17-year-old wheelbarrow delivery boy, dreams of... Read more

A Better Tomorrow (1986)

7.6/10
Director: John Woo
Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Ti Lung, Leslie Cheung

This masterful thriller from John 'The Killer' Woo is once again highlighted by stunning action sequences. This is a saga of three friends who run a s... Read more

A Better Tomorrow 2 (1987)

Director: John Woo
Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Ti Lung, Leslie Cheung, Dean Shek

This dynamite sequel focuses on the original's leading characters' exploits and pays homage to Sam Peckinpah and the American gangsters in intoxicatin... Read more

A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

8/10
Director: Sergio Leone
Starring: Marianne Koch, Gian Maria Volonte, Clint Eastwood

The first in Sergio Leone's famous spaghetti western trilogy starring Clint Eastwood as the 'Man with No Name'. The film is a slick remake of Kurosawa... Read more

A Fistful of Dollars ( Blu-ray ) (1964)

8/10
Director: Sergio Leone
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonte, Marianne Koch

The first in Sergio Leone's famous spaghetti western trilogy starring Clint Eastwood as the 'Man with No Name'. The film is a slick remake of Kurosawa... Read more

A Fistful of Dynamite ( aka Duck You Sucker ) (1972)

Director: Sergio Leone
Starring: Romolo Valli, Rod Steiger, James Coburn

James Coburn is top-billed as an Irish soldier of fortune with a penchant for explosives. Rod Steiger plays another mercenary who wants to utilize Cob... Read more

A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

5.3/10
Director: John Moore
Starring: Bruce Willis, Cole Hauser, Sebastian Koch, Rasha Bukvic, Jai Courtney

Bruce Willis reprises his role as Detective John McClane in the fifth instalment of the enduring action franchise. This time around, McClane travels t... Read more

A Knight's Tale (2001)

6.9/10
Director: Brian Helgeland
Starring: Mark Addy, Paul Bettany, Laura Fraser, Heath Ledger, Rufus Sewell, Shannyn Sossa...

Rousing action scenes and a cherry, if anachronistic, tone drive this medieval romp starring Heath Ledger as a 14th century squire faced with unemploy... Read more