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Review: 'Machete Kills' goes from bad to worse

Review: 'Machete Kills' goes from bad to worse

Robert Rodriguez's new "Machete Kills" is the strongest example yet of the corner the filmmaker seems to have painted himself into, a sad funhouse of bad movies made in thrall of bad movies. Even the self-sufficiency of Rodriguez having his own production facilities in Austin, Texas, seems to be yielding diminishing returns, as so much of what he has done recently feels like wandering into the backyard to idle away a day. The story of "Machete Kills" follows a blade-wielding secret agent (Danny Trejo) as he attempts to stop a power-mad industrialist (Mel Gibson) bent on nuclear destruction and interstellar domination. Trejo's Machete character grew out of a...