Sofia Boutella and Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde

Action remains the dominant genre of blockbuster filmmaking, be it through the lens of big-budget superhero franchises or leaner fight-focused retro efforts that have quietly made a resurgence thanks to the surprise successes of movies like John Wick. There was a time when leading a gut-busting, no-holds-barred action franchise could make a star. Nowadays, the genre is more centered on big name properties than A-List actors, with the possible exception of Tom Cruise and his perennially successful Mission Impossible series. That may be changing with the likes of Keanu Reeves’s career renaissance with John Wick, and now, Charlize Theron is continuing her move into modern day action heroine with ...

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