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Tuesday, 02 April 2002 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: The Usual Suspects (Special 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: MGM Home Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palmintieri, Kevin Pollak, Peter Postlethwaite, Kevin Spacey, Benicio Del Toro release year: 1995 film rating: Four Stars sound/picture: Three-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein In the nearly seven years since its theatrical release, "The Usual Suspects" has developed a mystique rivaling that of its possibly mythical central figure, the legendary Keyser Soze. A thriller that piles twist upon twist, it ends on a note of such ambiguity that even the cast members (according to the filmmakers’ comments on the DVD) couldn’t agree on who was really doing what. Certainly seeing the movie on repeat viewings adds many clues and layers without making the experience any less enjoyable – if you’re in the mood for a contemporary tough-guy crime thriller with no real heroes, "Usual Suspects" satisfies time and again. Writer Christopher McQuarrie got an Oscar for his original screenplay and it’s easy to understand ...
Tuesday, 19 March 2002 |  Written by Mel Odom  | 
title: The Evil That Men Do 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: Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Charles Bronson, Theresa Saldana, Joseph Maher, Antoinette Bower, Jose Ferrer release year: 1983 film rating: Three Stars sound/picture: Three Stars reviewed by: Mel Odom Back in the 1980s when Charles Bronson was one of the undisputed kings of the action/thriller movie, "The Evil That Men Do" was considered solid work and nothing really new. Bronson is known for his bloody, two-fisted shoot-'em-ups, whether from a sedan or horseback. Seeing Bronson work his way through a film is a pleasure, and if you haven’t seen one of his movies lately, this DVD is a good place to get back into his work.
Tuesday, 26 February 2002 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me 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: R starring: Sheryl Lee, Moira Kelly, David Bowie, Chris Isaak, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Wise, Kyle MacLachlan release year: 1992 film rating: Three Stars sound/picture: Three Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein The films of David Lynch are an acquired taste. Some people find them lyrically nightmarish, while others – even fans of cinematic bad dreams – can be entertained by some of the quirks and impressed by the creepiness, while still so irritated by the bouts of character hysteria and irrationality, and the ultimate impenetrability of events, that they fail to be won over. Once in awhile, of course, Lynch either functions as a hired gun (his film "The Elephant Man" is a case in point) or simply more or less colors within the lines of linear narrative ("Wild at Heart," "Blue Velvet"), but his surreal streak is pretty dedicated.
Tuesday, 19 February 2002 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Don't Say A Word 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: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment MPAA rating: R (violence, some gruesome images, language) starring: Michael Douglas, Sean Bean, Famke Janssen, Brittany Murphy, Oliver Platt release year: 2001 film rating: Three Stars sound/picture: Three Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein "Don’t Say a Word" begins promisingly by showing us a number of apparently unrelated events, so that the audience has an intriguing puzzle to piece together. Unfortunately, the promise diminishes a great deal as the situation becomes clearer. This may not have been the case in the source material – Andrew Klavan’s novel won a Mystery Writers of America Award – but by the end of the film, we’ve got a standard-issue confrontation that relies on brawn rather than brains. Even so, much of "Don’t Say a Word" qualifies as diverting thriller material.
Tuesday, 12 February 2002 |  Written by Tara O'Shea  | 
title: The Prime Gig 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: R starring: Vince Vaughn, Julia Ormond, Ed Harris, Rory Cochrane, Wallace Shawn, George Wendt, Stephen Tobolowsky, Jeanetta Arnette, Shishir Kurup, Harper Roisman, Romany Malco, Brian George, Amber Benson, Jeff Ricketts, Christina Cabot release year: 2002 film rating: Two-and-a-half Stars reviewed by: Tara O'Shea Small-time confidence man Pendleton "Penny" Wise has the gift. He is a "closer" who can sell anything to anyone, including lousy and barely-legal vacation packages to people who don't need them and probably can't afford them. Penny is a con man with a heart of gold -- he takes care of his co-workers, going to bat for them with management and acting as big brother/pseudo-father to disabled free-spirit Joel (Rory Cochrane), who lives rent-free in Penny's apartment and would rather spout hippie philosophy than do a single day's work in his life.
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