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Tuesday, 01 June 2004 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Swordfish 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: John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle release year: 2001 film rating: Three Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein Reasonably entertaining if somewhat dubious when it was in theatres earlier this year, "Swordfish" comes to home video with two strikes against it. One is that, in the wake of September 11, what initially played as some abstractly unpleasant fantasy elements now comes across as borderline incendiary. The other is that, for a movie with gunfire and explosions at every turn, "Swordfish" has a remarkably tamped-down soundtrack.
Tuesday, 01 June 2004 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Live Wire 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: New Line Home Entertainment MPAA rating: NR starring: Pierce Brosnan, Ron Silver, Ben Cross, Lisa Eilbacher, Tony Plana, Al Waxman, Brent Jennings, Philip Baker Hall release year: 1992 film rating: One and a half stars sound/picture: Two stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Sean Connery had sort of a career before he became James Bond, appearing in a Tarzan film here, a Disney outing there. Pierce Brosnan seemed to be on firmer ground prior to his Bond years, what with a hit TV series, "Remington Steele" (but almost no movies, certainly none in a large role). But his star outings just prior to going into Bondage tended to be rather like this trifle, a handsomely-produced but utterly ordinary thriller. Although it's not terrible, watching "Live Wire" is much the same as watching 90 minutes of blank film. If he hadn't become James Bond, he probably would have continued on in this vein. Fortunately for all of us, but especially ...
Tuesday, 01 June 2004 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Deliverance 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: Warner Home Video MPAA rating: R starring: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox release year: 1972 film rating: Four-and-a-Half Stars sound/picture: Three Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein There’s a surefire test for whether a film has made it into the cultural mythos, which ‘Deliverance’ passes with flying colors. 28 years after its release, if somebody says, ‘That was straight out of "Deliverance," ’ everybody immediately understands what they’re talking about. Once seen, the movie lurks in your imagination, much as its final image haunts the surviving characters.
Tuesday, 01 June 2004 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Dead Bang 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: Warner Home Video MPAA rating: R starring: Don Johnson, William Forsythe, Penelope Ann Miller, Tim Reid release year: 1989 film rating: Three stars sound/picture: Three stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein When Don Johnson tried to restart his big-screen career after his TV hit ‘Miami Vice,’ perhaps he should have chosen something other than a police thriller. There’s nothing wrong with ‘Dead-Bang,’ but it’s got few genuinely memorable bits. Seen at home, the movie is easily confused with a well-shot, handsomely produced episodic drama.
Tuesday, 01 June 2004 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Rush Hour 2 (Infinifilm Edition) 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: New Line Home Entertainment MPAA rating: PG13 starring: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Zhang Ziyi, John Lone, Alan King, Roselyn Sanchez release year: 2001 film rating: Three Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein Jackie Chan is one of those performers who’s delightful wherever he is and whatever he’s doing. Apart from being one of the most physically adept screen performers around, blending action and slapstick so integrally that we can’t see where one leaves off and the other begins, Chan simply radiates kindly charm. He was an utter pleasure a few years ago in "Rush Hour," playing Hong Kong Investigator Lee, who heads to Los Angeles to investigate the kidnapping of his goddaughter and winds up reluctantly teamed with volatile LAPD detective James Carter (Chris Tucker). This being a buddy cop movie, the two men’s mutual misgivings about their very different styles become affection and respect by the finale.
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