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The first AMG Dirty Dozen of the spring brings with it a typically eccentric mixture of fare: there’s a stunningly tacky Hong Kong film that exploits the mid-1990’s ebola panic, John Wayne doing his own variation of Dirty Harry and a star-studded rip-off of The Wild Bunch.  Speaking of Sam Peckinpah, this column’s Mea Culpa moment comes with the review of Cross Of Iron: though it makes the case for the film being worthwhile, it goes overboard on ultimately minor criticisms of a film that achieved a lot against the odds.  It was the last great Sam Peckinpah film and it looks better to Your Humble Reviewer’s eyes as each year passes.

BEING, THE: http://www.allmovie.com/movie/the-being-v4706/review

CROSS OF IRON: http://www.allmovie.com/movie/cross-of-iron-v11611/review

DEATH WISH III: http://www.allmovie.com/movie/death-wish-3-v12935/review

EBOLA SYNDROME: http://www.allmovie.com/movie/ebola-syndrome-v268552/review

GAMBLING CITY: http://www.allmovie.com/movie/gambling-city-v9047/review

HUNTING PARTY, THE: http://www.allmovie.com/movie/the-hunting-party-v126361/review

LEGENDARY WEAPONS OF CHINA: http://www.allmovie.com/movie/legendary-weapons-of-china-v28891/review

MCQ: http://www.allmovie.com/movie/mcq-v64614/review

PHANTASM II: http://www.allmovie.com/movie/phantasm-ii-v37912/review

ROCK AND RULE: http://www.allmovie.com/movie/rock-rule-v41756/review

SSSSSSS: http://www.allmovie.com/movie/sssssss-v129170/review

WELCOME TO ARROW BEACH: http://www.allmovie.com/movie/welcome-to-arrow-beach-v116239/review