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Tuesday, 20 October 1998 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Next Of Kin function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); <br> studio: Warner Home Video MPAA rating: R starring: Patrick Swayze, Liam Neeson, Helen Hunt, Adam Baldwin, Bill Paxton release year: 1989 reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein 'Next of Kin' is kind of a hoot. Most of Michael Jenning's script is by the numbers, but it's so well cast and directed by John Irvin with such a sense of style and an eye for small details that it adds up to acceptable entertainment.
Wednesday, 07 October 1998 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
If not for the big names in the cast and the occasional colorful expression in the dialogue, viewers could be forgiven for supposing that 'Boiling Point' is an episode of a fairly decent contemporary cop show. The sensibility is much the same, with people on both sides of the law methodically going about their business. Based on the novel 'Money Men' by Gerald Petievich (who also wrote the book that served as the basis for 'To Live and Die in L.A.'), 'Boiling Point' follows the crossed paths of Federal Treasury agent Jimmy Mercer (Wesley Snipes) and con man/counterfeit cash distributor Red (Dennis Hopper). Both men have seven-day deadlines imposed upon them by their higher-ups. A week is all the time Jimmy is given (unofficially, at that) to find the person or persons who killed his partner during the course of a ...
Tuesday, 29 September 1998 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Raw Deal function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); <br> studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathryn Harrold, Darren McGavin, Sam Wanamaker, Paul Shenar, Steven Hill, Joe Regalbuto, Robert Davi release year: 1986 film rating: Three Stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Raw Deal is one of those movies that Arnold Schwarzenegger made while trying to find his real screen image. Traces of the Arnold to come are found in this routine but entertaining action movie -- as well as signs of where the action movie was heading: into anthologies of increasingly huge and unlikely set pieces, with the story and characterization of less and less concern.
Tuesday, 22 September 1998 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Mercury Rising function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); <br> studio: Universal Studios/Imagine Home Video MPAA rating: R starring: Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Chi McBride, Kim Dickens film rating: Three Stars release year: 1998 reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein ‘Mercury Rising’ got an undeserved bad rap in its theatrical release. It is actually a proficient, personable and swift-flowing thriller that makes time for grace notes without sacrificing pacing. Bruce Willis stars as FBI Agent Art Jeffries, who lands a seemingly routine (albeit sad) assignment: tracking down an autistic nine-year-old boy, Simon Lynch (Miko Hughes), who is missing from the scene of what looks like the murder/suicide of his parents. What we know that Art doesn’t -- yet -- is that little Simon, almost entirely trapped inside his own mind, has managed to crack the NSA Mercury code. U.S. Government security honcho Kudrow (Alec Baldwin) sees Simon’s code-deciphering ability as an intolerable threat. When Art locates Simon, the child cannot communicate what happened, much less who’s responsible. Soon enough, Art realizes that ...
Wednesday, 12 August 1998 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: The Four Musketeers function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Fox Lorber Home Video MPAA rating: PG starring: Michael York, Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain, Frank Finlay, Faye Dunaway, Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Charlton Heston, Geraldine Chaplin, Roy Kinnear, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simon Ward release year: 1974 film rating: Four stars reviewed by: Bill Warren When director Richard Lester and screenwriter George Macdonald Fraser (author of the Flashman books) turned Alexandre Dumas' classic The Three Musketeers into a movie for the Salkinds (a father and son producing team), the original intent was to make a lengthy epic. They followed the original novel faithfully, adding more overt comedy elements and lots of period gadgetry. Like Dumas' novel, the film was to evolve naturally from a lighthearted swashbuckler to a much more serious adventure. A spirited, talented cast was hired, and location work in Spain took advantage of the countryside, castles and old cities. So far so good.
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