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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer


After the release of The Force Awakens at the end of 2015, Disney and Lucas films didn't mess around delivering the general public its first announcement/teaser for The Last Jedi back at the start of 2016. Now, well over a year later, we finally get to see some proper footage from the upcoming movie. 

Many of the key cast from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will feature in The Last Jedi including Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron and Adam Driver as Kylo Ren who famously slaughtered his much-loved father in a face to face battle that made for one of the most pivotal scenes in the history of Star Wars.

As ever with new Star Wars releases, the scrip and the story outline is one of Hollywood's most closely guarded secrets and few official details have been released to the public. We do know that the story will pick up where The Force Awakens ended with Rey going off into a mountainous setting to hunt down Luke Skywalker in a bid to train with him and learn his knowledge. 

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Song To Song Trailer


The music scene of Austin, Texas becomes tainted by lust and illict desires as two aspiring songwriters named Faye (Rooney Mara) and BV (Ryan Gosling) become entwined in two overlapping love triangles with a major player in the music business named Cook (Michael Fassbender) - who encourages them to take their music careers further - and a charming waitress (Natalie Portman). As much as their lives are about making it in the industry and becoming world renowned successes, their lives get more complicated by disloyalty, temptation and infatuation with each other, pushing all of them ultimately further away. Can love last when betrayal lies at every corner?

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Benicio Del Toro Strongly Linked With Role In 'Avengers: Infinity War'


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Yet another major name appears to have been added to the already stellar cast for Avengers: Infinity War, with Benicio Del Toro all but confirmed to be reprising his part as The Collector after being spotted in Atlanta, where the Marvel blockbuster is being filmed.

Del Toro has played the character twice already in the Marvel Universe already, appearing in Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy.

An Instagram snap from Atlantan record store Criminal Records appears to show the 49 year old actor shopping there, leading many fans to put two and two together.

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Benicio Del Toro To Star In Shane Black Directed 'Predator' Remake?


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Benicio Del Toro could be set to star in the upcoming remake of 'Predator' according to recent reports which have cited Shane Black as director and given a release date for early 2018. No other cast details have been announced at this time.

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No plot details have been announced as of yet either for this new release from Fox entitled 'The Predator'. 'Guardians of the Galaxy' actor Benicio del Toro may lead the cast in this new tale, which has a script co-written by Fred Dekker ('Star Trek: Enterprise', 'Robocop 3'), and at the helm is Shane Black of 'Lethal Weapon' fame.

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Benicio Del Toro Leads 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' New Cast Announcements


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Exciting 'Star Wars' news! A host of new actors have been announced to join the franchise in the forthcoming movie 'Star Wars: Episode VIII', which has just started shooting today. Their characters are as yet unknown, but we'll no doubt uncover more details in the months to come.

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Benicio Del Toro leads the new announcements, joining the movie following his latest film, Terrence Malick's 'Weightless'. 'The Fault in Our Stars' actress Laura Dern also adds 'Star Wars' to her busy schedule, as she continues to shoot the new 'Twin Peaks' series and the Jennifer Fox drama 'The Tale'. Plus, a new face will be added to the cast: Kelly Marie Tran, who's previously had small TV roles in the likes of 'Ladies Like Us' and 'About a Boy'. She's just finished shooting her first ever feature film, 'XOXO'.

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Benicio Del Toro - The 69th British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden - Arrivals at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, British Academy Film Awards - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th February 2016

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Benicio Del Toro - EE British Academy Film Awards Nominees Party Arrivals at Kensington Palace at British Academy Film Awards - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th February 2016

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Benicio Del Toro - Lancome BAFTA Nominees Party 2016 at Kensington Palace Gardens - Arrivals at BAFTA - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 13th February 2016

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Benicio Del Toro - The Charles Finch & Chanel Pre-BAFTAS Dinner at Annabel's - Outside Arrivals at BAFTAS - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 13th February 2016

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Benicio Del Toro - Lancome BAFTA Nominees Party at Kensington Palace Gardens - Arrivals at BAFTA - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 13th February 2016

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A Perfect Day Review

Very Good

An irreverent comedy in the style of the original M.A.S.H., this wartime romp takes an entertaining look at 24 hours in the life of a group of humanitarian workers in the Balkans in 1995. The film is funny, tense and packed with layers of drama, as Spanish filmmaker Fernando Leon de Aranoa cleverly recreates the setting with striking detail. Since it feels so realistic and is populated with lively characters, the film is thoroughly entertaining, even if it only barely seems to crack the surface.

It opens as aid worker Mambru (Benicio Del Toro) and his local translator Damir (Fedja Stukan) are trying to remove a body from a well so they can clean up the water supply for an isolated village. But their only rope is too frayed to work. Then jaded American colleague B (Tim Robbins) arrives with French rookie Sophie (Melanie Thierry), and as they try to find a rope they are joined by sexy Russian worker Katya (Olga Kurylenko), who has a past with Mambru. But there are constant roadblocks, literally and figuratively, as they try to solve this relatively simple problem. Along the way, they pick up a young orphan (Eldar Residovic) and try to reunite him with his family.

Every situation these people encounter is fraught with chaos, from the absurdities of military regulations to the complexities of local politics to the constant possibility of injury or even death. The filmmaker creates a terrific blackly comical tone that stresses the gallows humour these workers require to survive in an environment where children run around carrying big guns and rules are more important than innocent people's lives. This offbeat tone is engaging, especially with the snappy performances from Del Toro and Robbins as experienced men who know the ropes but insist on playing the game by their own rules. Thierry and Kurylenko are also good in less developed roles as the naive newbie and the steely ex, respectively. And Stukan and Residovic, plus a strong supporting cast, add lots of local colour.

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Benicio Del Toro - 2015 National Board Of Review Gala - Red Carpet arrivals - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 5th January 2016

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Benicio Del Toro - National Board of Review Gala at Cipriani 42nd.St - Arrivals at Cipriani 42nd.st. - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 5th January 2016

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Benicio Del Toro - 19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Hollywood Film Awards - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Monday 2nd November 2015

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Benicio Del Toro - 19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Hollywood Film Awards, Beverly Hilton Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 1st November 2015

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Benicio Del Toro - Sicario screening and Q&A with Benicio Del Toro at ArcLight Cinemas - Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 2nd October 2015

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Benicio Del Toro - The UK Premiere of 'Sicario' held at the Empire Leicester Square - Arrivals at Empire Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Monday 21st September 2015

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Benicio Del Toro - The UK premiere of 'Sicario' at Empire Leicester Square - Arrivals at Empire Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Monday 21st September 2015

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Benicio Del Toro, Fernando Leon de Aranoa , Tim Robbins - 'A Perfect Day' premiere at the Palafox cinema in Madrid - Arrivals - Madrid, Spain - Tuesday 25th August 2015

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Fernando Leon de Aranoa, Benicio Del Toro , Tim Robbins - Photocall for 'Un Dia Perfecto' (A Perfect Day) held at Villamagna Hotel - Madrid, Spain - Tuesday 25th August 2015

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Benicio Del Toro - Benicio del Toro attends a photocall for 'Un Dia Perfecto' at Villamagna Hotel - Madrid, Spain - Tuesday 25th August 2015

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Benicio Del Toro - The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Grants Banquet at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel - Arrivals at The Beverly Wilshire - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Thursday 13th August 2015

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Benicio Del Toro - Wood & Vine Presents the Los Angeles Premiere of Escobar: Paradise Lost - Arrivals at ArcLight Hollywood - Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 23rd June 2015

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Benicio Del Toro - Benicio del Toro at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at LAX - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 21st May 2015

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Benicio Del Toro - The 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards - Outside Arrivals at Santa Monica, Independent Spirit Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 21st February 2015

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Benicio Del Toro - 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Outside Arrivals at Independent Spirit Awards - Hollywood, California, United States - Saturday 21st February 2015

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Video - Josh Brolin And Benicio Del Toro Greet Each Other At The New York Film Festival Premiere Of 'Inherent Vice' - Part 1


Stars of forthcoming crime comedy 'Inherent Vice' Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin were among the guest arrivals at the movie's premiere held during the 52nd New York Film Festival. The movie follows a detective forced to take on a case more personal in nature than he's used to.

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A Week In Movies: Stars Shine At Comic-Con, Coogan Launches Alpha Papa, More Gravity Thrills


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Comic-Con in San Diego last weekend featured a staggering array of star power presenting their upcoming superhero movies. Chris Evans and Scarlett wound up the fans while talking about Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Benicio Del Toro and Djimon Hounsou were on hand to chat about Marvel's interstellar epic Guardians of the Galaxy. Tom Hiddleston talked up Thor: The Dark World. And the enormous cast of X-men: Days of Future Past turned up, including acting veterans Ian McKellen and Patrick StewartWatch Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson talk 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' at Comic-Con, or see Djimon Hounsou and Benicio Del Toro discuss 'Guardians of the Galaxy' at Comic-Con. Check out the video of Tom Hiddleston talking about 'Thor: The Dark World' at Comic-Con and see Ian Mckellen and Patrick Stewart getting a little sentimental during 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Comic-Con Q&A.

In addition, Hugh Jackman and James Mangold continued their globe-hopping press tour, arriving in San Diego to discuss their new X-men movie The Wolverine, the Japan-set adventure that arrives in US and UK cinemas this weekend. Watch 'The Wolverine Press conference here, click to view the 'The Wolverine' trailer or read our The Wolverine Review.

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Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy Gets Major Cast Update, Including Benicio Del Toro, Glenn Close & Karen Gillan


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The next major Marvel franchise to make the leap from printed page to the big screen will be the slightly unknown series Guardians of the Galaxy, which is expected to hit cinemas in 2014. Whilst the comic series might not be as popular as say Spider Man or The Avengers, the cast line-up is littered with acting talent that is frankly out of this world adn to be honest, we're struggling to hide our excitement for it.

The latest edition to the cast was announced on Monday (June 3) by Deadline, with Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro apparently signing a 'multi-movie' deal with Marvel and Disney that will see him become a regular in the Marvel Movie Universe. His role has not been specified, however a number of other cast members have had their roles revealed, including fellow newcomer to the cast Glenn Close, who was chosen to portray one of the heads of the intergalactic space patrol the film/comic centres around, the Nova Corp (most likely Xandarian Worldmind).

Last week also saw the announcement that Doctor Who star Karen Gillan will be taking on the role of one of the film's major villains, with first announced cast-member Lee Pace taking on the second villain spot. John C. Reilly has also been announced as a cast member, with Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Michael Rooker also lined up to take on roles within the Nova Corp. As most of the characters are alien species though, there's a good chance that many of these actor will be getting the Mark Ruffalo CGI-treatment and have their features changed to fit in with comics. As long as it works as well as it did for Hulk, we say go for it.

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Hot Tickets! US Movie Releases: Jessica Chastain Stars In Creepy Thriller 'Mama,' Arnie Makes A Comeback In 'The Last Stand,' Mark Wahlberg's 'Broken City' Is A Doozy


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With Jessica Chastain nominated for an Oscar for her role in Zero Dark Thirty. Her presence in Mama, alone, should be enough to generate interest in Guillermo Del Toro’s latest supernatural thriller. Anyone expecting a Zero Dark Thirty-style action drama, though, will be sorely disappointed. And possibly a little scared.

Chastain plays the role of Annabel, a woman who welcomes her partner’s abandoned nieces into her home. They are traumatised and clearly disturbed. Annabel seems unsure whether or not she’s ready to look after them. Little does she know, however, that she’s opened the doors of her home to more than just the two young girls, who disappeared the day that their mother was murdered by their father. More of a psychological horror than a guts-n-gore kind of movie, del Toro knows exactly how to get inside the viewer’s mind and linger there, with his superb use of special effects and the kind of suspense tactics that will require the surgical removal of your fingers from the cinema seat by the time the movie’s over.

“Mama succeeds in scaring the wits out of us and leaving some lingering, deeply creepy images ...” Richard Roeper – Chicago Sun-Times 

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Hands Off! Salma Hayek Wows Oliver Stone At ‘Savages’ Photo-call


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Salma Hayek certainly stole the spotlight at a London photo-call for her new movie ‘Savages’ this week. The actress wore a hugely revealing dress, leading director Oliver Stone to jokingly try cop a feel of the star.

Photographs published on the Mail Online website show the Oscar-winning director getting a little too touch-feely with Hayek as the stars posed on the red carpet at London’s Mandarin Oriental hotel. The 46-year-old actress seemed to laugh off the unwanted attention, and Stone has been happily married to his wife Sun-Jung Jung since 1997! To be fair to the legendary auteur, Hayek was looking stunning in a fitted aubergine and teal dress, with a trim belt, accentuating her famous curves. The brunette star – who is married to the French multi-billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault – was joined by co-stars Benicio Del Toro and John Travolta, who both looked pretty dapper.

Blake Lively – another star of the new violent drama – skipped the promotional duties as she has begun work on Gossip Girl in New York. The actress recently tied the knot with Ryan Reynolds in a secret South Carolina ceremony.


Somewhere Review


Very Good
With a premise that's extremely similar to Lost in Translation, Coppola again takes an atmospheric look at celebrity that's heavier on internal mood than actual plot. But this film's more intriguing than engaging.

Johnny Marco (Dorff) is a top movie star who lives in Hollywood's secluded Chateau Marmont. He's promoting his action movie, Berlin Agenda, with his costar (Monaghan) while preparing for his next project. And he's also taking care of his 11-year-old daughter Cleo (Fanning). Their life consists mainly of sitting around, travelling to Italy for a junket and then to Las Vegas for Cleo's summer camp. All of which gives Johnny a chance to seduce various women and ponder his own existence.

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Somewhere Trailer


Johnny Marco is content living the rock'n'roll dream, he lives at Chateau Marmont, is entertained by lots of ladies, his bathroom cabinets are filled with a selection of pills and he drives his Ferrari without much concern. He's one of the bad boys of Hollywood and the press love it.

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The Wolfman Review


OK
This B-movie made on an epic budget is so over-the-top that the earlier you start giggling the better. Even though it's played dead straight, it's an old-style monster romp that couldn't be any more camp if it tried.

American-raised actor Lawrence (Del Toro) returns to his family manor on an English moor, where his wild-haired father Sir John (Hopkins) lives with his Sikh servant (Malik). Lawrence discovers that his brother has just been killed in the woods by a vicious creature, which later wounds him as well, turning him into a werewolf. And on the first full moon, he finds himself on the hunt as well as chased by a Scotland Yard detective (Weaving). But maybe a gypsy woman (Chaplin) and his brother's ex-fiancee (Blunt) hold the key to his salvation.

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Che Review


OK
Benicio Del Toro dons the insurrectionist garb and machetes his way through jungles and mud as the revolutionary icon Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Steven Soderbergh's massive biographical homage. Del Toro pulls out all the stops in portraying the revolutionary icon and, if anything, Che is a tribute to Del Toro's perseverance. But Soderbergh's version of Che is too good to be true: Movie Che is a towering idealist who just keeps on coming, but he lacks any sense of character. He is heartless, all computer chips and wires inside. He's the Revolutionator.

Soderbergh's relentlessly uncommercial enterprise logs in at 268 minutes and is split into two parts. Part One charts Che's involvement with Fidel Castro in overthrowing Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, concentrating on the popular grassroots campaign that began with 80 peasants. Part Two jumps to Guevara's final revolutionary sprint, the failed uprising in Bolivia, the antithesis of the Cuban campaign, where the Bolivian peasants abandon him and betray him to the Bolivian army. Che is then hunted down like a junkyard dog and murdered.

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Things We Lost In The Fire Review


Good
Complicated and raw, Things We Lost in the Fire observes those we lean on in times of loss. Because the story attracted acclaimed Danish director Susanne Bier, we assume that fate's cruel nature plays a part in the narrative -- Bier loves to burrow under the skin of suffering characters whose lives are destroyed by chance.

In this instance, suburban father and all-around good guy Brian (David Duchovny) heads to the store to grab ice cream for wife Audrey (Halle Berry) and their two children. In the parking lot, he encounters a distraught husband beating the tar out of his defenseless spouse. Brian intervenes, and the Good Samaritan is rewarded with a fatal bullet to the chest.

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Licence To Kill Review


Bad
Timothy Dalton's second (and final) Bond outing is mainly memorable for nothing in the film itself. The title, Licence to Kill, was a change from the original Bond story, Licence Revoked, when it was revealed that a large percentage of Americans didn't know what "revoked" meant. And then there was the issue of whether to spell the first word "licence" or "license." Ultimately less was said about the film, which is one of the least successful Bond movies ever at the box office, especially in adjusted dollars. The problem? The story isn't very Bond-like: He leaves MI-6 for most of the film to avenge best bud Felix Leiter's death at the hands of a drug kingpin while canoodling with Carey Lowell, a poor Bond girl choice if ever there was one. A cameo by Wayne Newton pushes the film into full-on kitsch, and many feared the series was dead after Licence's poor showing. It would be six years until the next film, GoldenEye, the longest period without a Bond release since the series began in 1963.

Aka License to Kill.

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The Way Of The Gun Review


Good
In case you're utterly dense and stupid (and some of my hate mail indicates that if you're reading this, you just might be), know that with a title like The Way of the Gun you are getting yourself into a very, very violent film. I do not mean a couple of cap guns and a blood pack under someone's shirt. I mean more shots fired per foot of film this side of a Rambo movie. Bring your earplugs.

This is not to say that violence can't be stylish or clever. Movies like Pulp Fiction have proven that a gun can be poetry. Or it can just be a gun. Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie (best known for writing The Usual Suspects; Gun is his directorial debut) has set out to make a Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid for the millennium. From its all-bad-guys cast (except for the girl) to the arch, black comedy to a south of the border shootout, the homage is pretty sincere. Too bad it didn't quite work out.

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21 Grams Review


Extraordinary
Following the funeral of his son-in-law, a father empathizes with his daughter by relating how he moved past the death of his wife, her mother. He reassures her that in spite of the hard times ahead, "life goes on." She retorts, "That's a lie. Life doesn't go on."

Welcome to everyone's life. Death is a ubiquitous occurrence, dumped upon us daily by CNN and more occasionally - yet still inevitably - in our own intimate moments. But when death strikes our lives, it invariably shatters our psyches and changes us for the darker, no matter how we try to prepare to accept it.

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Traffic Review


Essential
How do you fight a war when the people that you love are the enemy? When the conflict is in your own neighborhood, or your own house? Such is the dilemma in the exceptional new film about the drug trade in the United States and Mexico, Traffic.

A harrowing and thought-provoking film, Traffic revolves around three intertwining stories of cops, thugs, victims, enforcers, politicians, and the judicial system. The film is based on a British Channel 4 miniseries called Traffik, which traced a drug route from Pakistan through Europe and to Great Britain. Laura Bickford, one of the producers for Traffic, was attracted to the original miniseries because of the intersecting stories, the social commentary on drug usage, and the implication of The System itself being the major perpetrator of drug addiction.

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The Way Of The Gun Review


Good
In case you're utterly dense and stupid (and some of my hate mail indicates that if you're reading this, you just might be), know that with a title like The Way of the Gun you are getting yourself into a very, very violent film. I do not mean a couple of cap guns and a blood pack under someone's shirt. I mean more shots fired per foot of film this side of a Rambo movie. Bring your earplugs.

This is not to say that violence can't be stylish or clever. Movies like Pulp Fiction have proven that a gun can be poetry. Or it can just be a gun. Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie (best known for writing The Usual Suspects; Gun is his directorial debut) has set out to make a Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid for the millennium. From its all-bad-guys cast (except for the girl) to the arch, black comedy to a south of the border shootout, the homage is pretty sincere. Too bad it didn't quite work out.

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The Pledge Review


Excellent
An early note to parents with young, blonde daughters: Think twice about seeing The Pledge, and if you must go -- if you're eager to see Jack Nicholson give one of his best cinematic performances ever -- then take a Valium before entering the theater and practice saying, "This won't happen to my family! This won't happen to my family!"

From the opening shot, where we see the top of Nicholson's half-bald, hair-transplanted head, The Pledge is an exercise in stomaching an ugly truth. Body parts, pony-tailed girls splotched with blood and bruises -- this isn't a film about happy endings and human triumph. Suspected sex perverts lurk down every road in The Pledge, causing Nicholson's character, a retired homicide detective, so much angst that he becomes his own worst enemy.

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The Usual Suspects Review


Excellent
The Usual Suspects, the heavily hyped new film from Bryan Singer, is finally here, and with it comes the answer to the riddle posed in its high-powered ad campaign, "Who is Keyser Soze?"

Keyser Soze is a semi-mythical crime kingpin who ultimately directs the actions of five small-time hoods. With the promise of $91 million and the opportunity to keep their lives, the enigmatic Keyser sends the quintet on a fool's errand in San Pedro harbor: to stop a competitor's huge cocaine sale that would interfere with Keyser's own drug operation. As the film opens, we see the catastrophic results of the mission.

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Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas Review


Very Good
You might be tempted to dismiss Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as a curiosity, an attempt to exploit the pockets of fame enjoyed by Hunter S. Thompson and director Terry Gilliam.

When I first saw the film in 1998, that's what I did.

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The Fan Review


Good
My my my, what a mess to wade through in writing a review about The Fan, Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes' hotly awaited new thriller set in the obsession-filled world of baseball.

The film is essentially one long study of dysfunction. Knife salesman(!) Gil (De Niro) is divorced, is on the verge of losing his job, doesn't know how to relate to his kid, shouts obscenities at his clients -- your every day run-of-the-mill psycho -- and is obsessed with the San Francisco Giants.

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Swimming With Sharks Review


Very Good
In 1994, the indie revolution was well underway, bolstered by the recent successes of icons like Steven Soderbergh, Robert Rodriguez, and Richard Linklater. George Huang hit the scene out of nowhere and with a fascinating story: He had been drudging his way as an assistant in Hollywood (for Columbia Pictures, as it turned out), and he somehow scraped together the money and the talent to make a movie inspired by his awful experiences there.

Swimming With Sharks rapidly became a cult favorite, a mean and unsparing indictment of the Hollywood ego trip, as seen through its evil villain (Kevin Spacey in one of his first standout roles) and his nebbish assistant (Frank Whaley, playing the Huang character). Whaley's Guy suffers the abuse of Spacey's power broker, Buddy Ackerman until it hits a breaking point. (Sample dialogue: "You have no brain. No judgement calls are necessary. What you think means nothing. What you feel means nothing. You are here for me. You are here to protect my interests and to serve my needs.") Finally, when Buddy makes a move on Guy's new girlfriend, a studio producer named Dawn (Michelle Forbes) who has inexplicably latched on to Guy, Guy goes bananas and takes Buddy hostage in his own home. It's a come to Jesus moment, and the entire film is cast as a series of flashbacks from that night in his house.

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The Hunted Review


Weak
Director William Friedkin has a great track record for examining his characters' inner turmoil as they battle the forces of good and evil. Friedkin is best known for pitting a mother, a detective, and a priest against the devil inside the little body of Linda Blair in The Exorcist. But some of Friedkin's best work can be seen in the action thriller The French Connection, where he transcends the raw power of the action film genre into something highly sophisticated and thought provoking. Thematically, The Hunted is comparable to Connection. However, those expecting Friedkin to deliver another quality action picture like Connection will be sorely disappointed.

The film opens during the war in Kosovo as highly trained hand-to-hand combat assassin (or "tracker") Aaron Hallam (Benicio Del Toro) carries out his military assignment to murder a high-ranking official. He receives a silver star for his valor, but he is scarred and haunted by the widespread images of genocide. Like Rambo, his adjustment to civilian life is difficult as he finds himself unable to turn off his instinctual killing machine. He ends up hunting the forest outside Portland, Oregon looking for and killing in cold blood anyone betraying the credo of PETA.

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Snatch Review


Excellent
Madonna's new husband, Guy Ritchie, couldn't have timed his recent marriage any better. Intentional or not, it came a mere week before the opening of his new film Snatch, the follow-up to his Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. With Madonna as a willing shill, you couldn't ask for better publicity.

Turns out you didn't need it, Guy. Snatch is a film that stands perfectly on its own merits while it shoots bullet holes in everything in sight.

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Basquiat Review


Weak
Basquiat -- or "Sasquiatch," as I am becoming increasingly fond of calling this film -- may teach you a thing or two. Now you may not want to know any of the stuff you learn during its two long hours of running time, but like it or not, you will learn something.

That something is a base level of information about Jean Michel Basquiat, a Haitian artisté in the early '80s who became Andy Warhol's favorite son. (What is it with Warhol movies this year?) Basquiat rose from living in a cardboard box and decorating the streets of New York with cryptic graffiti to a high-profile yet short-lived career in the highest of art circles. All before his not-too-untimely death at the age of 27 from a (take a guess) heroin overdose.

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Sin City Review


Good
Innovative and dazzling in its absolute loyalty to thevisual style of its inspiration, "Sin City" brings comic bookpages alive to a degree that is unprecedented in movie history.

A triptych of dark, violent tales set in a fallen cityof corruption and grime, the film is a collaboration between film directorRobert Rodriguez (of "Desperado" and "SpyKids" fame) and graphic novelist FrankMiller (responsible for the gritty reinventions of Batman and Daredevil),whose unique touch in the unusual role of co-director is unmistakable.

Pages from the "Sin City" books were clearlyused as storyboards for the stunning, stark black-and-white cinematography,which features exclamation points of illustrative color: the golden tressesof a beautiful femme fatale, white-on-black silhouettes, red splashes ofblood from brutal murders that occur just out of frame.

His influence can also be felt (along with that of Rodriguezpal Quentin Tarantino, who is curiously credited as a "special guestdirector") in the "Pulp Fiction"-like plot structure thatlends itself well to the interconnected short stories, each of which makeup in atmosphere what they sometimes lack in profundity.

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The Way Of The Gun Review


Weak

A belated, Tarantino-spawn crime caper picture packed with highly contrived, high-caliber gunplay and other bursts of meaningless creativity, "The Way of the Gun" is the gritty and stylish, but hollow and hyperbolic, directorial debut of "The Usual Suspects" screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie.

A tangled and twisty yarn of dastardly deeds and double-crosses, the plot begins with a conversation between two bodyguards charged with protecting a surrogate mother (Juliette Lewis), who is carrying a baby for a crooked L.A. millionaire and his frigid, disinterested trophy wife.

Eavesdropping are a pair of glum petty thugs (Ryan Phillippe and Benicio Del Toro) who concoct, on the spot, a scheme to kidnap the woman and ransom the unborn kid for the kind of money they always thought they deserved but could never procure with their small-time villainy.

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The Hunted Review


Bad

If I had only one sentence to explain how badly director William Friedkin has bungled "The Hunted," it would be this: 15-year-old Frankie Muniz, starring in this week's "Agent Cody Banks," is a more convincing covert operative as a kiddie spy than Benicio Del Toro is as the Special Forces assassin gone rogue in this movie.

In the unrelentingly violent Kosovo-war prologue -- which is supposed to establish why Del Toro went bonkers and can now be spotted filleting unsuspecting hunters like some vigilante vegan in the woods outside Portland, Oregon -- the star acts nothing like the stealthy, highly-trained, surgical-strike assassin he's supposed to be. In fact, he looks more like a clumsy little kid playing hide and seek (which is hardly suprising since he admits not training for the role).

It's almost laughable that he makes it all the way across an erupting urban battlefield and into a heavily guarded and fortified mosque to graphically slice-and-dice a cruel Serbian commander.

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Snatch Review


Good

"I was a happy boxing promoter until about a week ago, and then -- what do I know about diamonds?"

What a great opening line for a plan-gone-awry crime caper comedy.

The picture is "Snatch," a fast-paced, multi-track corker with a nebulous English sense of humor, and the line is spoken by Turkish (Jason Statham), a small-time London tough who sees an opportunity to be something more but never imagines the trouble it will get him into.

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The Pledge Review


Weak

Director Sean Penn and star Jack Nicholson must have been drawn to the complexity of the haunted ex-detective character at the center of "The Pledge," because he's just about the only thing at all uncommon in this largely conventional serial killer suspense flick.

Although, even calling him uncommon is a stretch. Reno homicide dick Jerry Black is pretty much an assembly-line character -- a freshly retired cop obsessed with finding the "real killer" in an officially closed murder case that was his last assignment. Having made a promise to the parents of the dead little girl, he's still following hunches on his own time because nobody in the precinct believes him.

Doesn't Jerry sound like a regulation Morgan Freeman character? But with Nicholson in the role, he's a bit more of a wildcard. Big Jack brings an element of instability to Jerry that leaves the audience concerned for his sanity when his ostensive retirement finds him buying a gas station at a High Sierra crossroads as his nest egg because it's at the center of a geographic pattern he's discovered for his suspect.

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Traffic Review


Weak

"Traffic" is a socially and politically grandstanding soap opera about the narcotics trade and the futility of the "war on drugs." It's a film about how that war is propagated by bureaucratic demagogues in the United States government, not because they think they can stem the flow of illegal substances but because they think saying they want to is a way to win elections.

OK. Point taken.

"Traffic" is also gritty and realistic feat of cinematic logistics, following no less than 15 major characters (and more than 50 speaking parts) through several complex, well-acted storylines about all sides of the drug trade -- from kingpins to cops to policy wonks to addicts. So my hat is off to the picture's ever-brilliant director, Steven Soderbergh ("Erin Brockovich"), who certainly does a fine juggling act, involving the audience in every story on a personal level.

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21 Grams Review


Good

The title of "21 Grams" is part of an unfortunate concept-packaging gimmick which serves as a sign that writer Guillermo Arriaga and director Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu (the team behind "Amores Perros") felt they needed some kind of hook to tie their otherwise inspired picture together.

Its only relevance comes in a somber, philosophical voice-over imparted by Sean Penn as he lies in a hospital room, awaiting death's call through what may be the last few beats of his failing heart: "They all say we lose 21 grams at the exact moment of death," he muses in a weakened whisper. "How much fits into 21 grams? How much is lost?"

And why did these guys feel so hard-pressed to come up with some vague, mythical, unifying notion for this otherwise spellbinding meditation on fate and redemption?

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