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Wednesday, 22 July 1998 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: U.S. Marshals 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 Studios MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes, Robert Downey, Jr., Joe Pantoliano, Kate Nelligan, Tom Wood, Irene Jacob release year: 1998 film rating: Three and One-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein If you want to hear metal and men screaming in agony and get the feeling of hurtling out of control from one life-threatening predicament to another, jump right up to Chapters 9-11 in 'U.S. Marshals.' The sound is screamingly loud and clear, the imagery is kinetically chaotic and the action is relentless enough to elicit whoops of approval at the filmmakers' willingness to wring every last hairy twist out of an attempted prison break on a plane in mid-flight. The sequence keeps recharging itself, becoming ever more exciting just as it seems it's got to wind down. That the other setpieces in 'U.S. Marshals' don't entirely pale by comparison is a tribute to the skill and inventiveness of director Stuart Baird ...
Wednesday, 27 May 1998 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Daylight 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: Universal Studios Home Video MPAA rating: R starring: Sylvester Stallone, Amy Brenneman, Viggo Mortensen, Dan Hedaya release year: 1996 film rating: Two and a half stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Although the cast and the (literally) smashing ILM special effects are up to date, at heart ‘Daylight’ is very much a ‘70s disaster flick, right down to the irrelevant pop ballad over the closing credits (in this case, "Wherever There Is Love" sung by Donna Summer).
Tuesday, 31 March 1998 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: The Great Escape 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: MGM Home Entertainment MPAA rating: NR starring: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn release year: 1963 film rating: Four Stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Maybe the success of Saving Private Ryan, which in content, if not style, is a classic war movie, will prompt the revival of some war-movie subgenres, such as the prisoner-of-war movie. Billy Wilder's Stalag 17 of 1953 set very high standards -- but The Great Escape comes close dramatically, and in terms of scale and scope, surpasses Wilder's great entry. And unlike Wilder's sardonic tale, The Great Escape is one of the best-loved war movies ever made. Even today, more than 35 years after it was made, it's easy to find people who will declare it their favorite movie. Seeing it again shows why it has achieved such long-lasting fame.
Wednesday, 25 March 1998 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Conair 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(); MPAA rating: R starring: Nicolas Cage, John Cusak, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, Ving Rhames and Colm Meany film rating: Two and One Half Stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Produced by the same folks who brought you The Rock, Conair is another high-energy action film with a totally implausible plot. Nicolas Cage plays a prison parolee on his way home when his plane is taken over by ruthless convicts. However, in typical Hollywood over-kill fashion, these are not just ordinary prisoners, they are the scum of the earth, complete psychopaths. Now, most rational people might tend to ask, "Why are these madmen being transported with the general prison populace without a second thought?" Unfortunately, most rational people aren't Hollywood movie producers now are they. In fact, when they bring the most heinous criminal on board in more chains and restraints then they had on Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, you actually find yourself laughing as ...
Tuesday, 10 February 1998 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Air Force One 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: Columbia TriStar Home Video starring: Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Wendy Crewson, Paul Guilfoyle, William H. Macy, Liesel Matthew, Dean Stockwell, Glenn Close release year: 1997 film rating: Four stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein Public faith in the President of the United States being what it has been for the past few decades, depicting the Chief Executive as an unambiguous hero might seem like a questionable stroke, but when he's played by Harrison Ford, heck, anybody would vote for him. Cast as a classic good guy, Ford is such an unimpeachable icon of action rectitude and empathy--able to fight like a master soldier and hang on in situations that would kill lesser men, yet still sweat and show fear like the rest of us--that we cheer for him as he brings new meaning to the notion of hands-on crisis. 'Air Force One,' should you somehow have missed last summer's press blitz, is a taut adrenaline-pumper in ...
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