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The Rum Diary Review


Good
Depp's Hunter S Thompson fixation continues with the adaptation of this loosely autobiographical novel. Despite some crazy antics, the film takes an earnest, slightly too-faithful tone that makes it strangely leaden.

In 1960, Kemp (Depp) applies for a job at the San Juan Star in Puerto Rico, working for the sardonic editor Lotterman (Jenkins). He shares a ramshackle flat with photographer Sala (Rispoli), who home-brews super-strong rum with another journalist (Ribisi). While getting slowly pickled, Kemp also gets to know the fast-talking Sanderson (Eckhart), a public relations expert who is using property developers to increase his fortune. Sanderson also has a sexy girlfriend, Chenault (Heard), who immediately catches Kemp's eye. Trouble is brewing everywhere.

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Bruce Robinson, Amber Heard and Johnny Depp Thursday 3rd November 2011 Bruce Robinson, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard at the premiere of Rum Diary at Odeon Kensington, London, England

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Bruce Robinson, Amber Heard and Johnny Depp
Bruce Robinson, Amber Heard and Johnny Depp
Bruce Robinson, Amber Heard and Johnny Depp

Bruce Robinson Tuesday 25th October 2011 Playboy hosts the New York premiere of 'The Rum Diary' at the Museum of Modern Art - Outside Arrivals New York City, USA

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Bruce Robinson Friday 21st October 2011 Austin Film Festival - Premiere of 'The Rum Diary' held at the Paramount Theater Austin, Texas

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Amber Heard and Bruce Robinson - Amber Heard, Bruce Robinson, Los Angeles, California - at 'The Rum Diary' premiere held at the LACMA Bing Theater - Arrivals Thursday 13th October 2011

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The Rum Diary Trailer


Freelance journalist Paul Kemp decides one day that's he had enough of the hectic lifestyle that the early 1960's New York brings. He moves to Puerto Rico in the Caribbean to take a job at a rundown local newspaper, 'The San Juan Star', run by the equally run down Lotterman.

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Still Crazy Review


Weak
Imagine if the cast of Trainspotting started a rock band in the 1970s which faded away, then 30 years later they got together for an old-fogies reunion tour. Okay, that movie would be a whole lot more fun than Still Crazy, which plays like a Roger Daltry nightmare filled with bad jokes about being an old, half-stoned, washed-up rocker. Completely full of itself and filled with self-importance, this is more of a eulogy than an homage to a late, great era.

In Dreams Review


Weak
Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) just keeps going down down down. This time, it's a "thriller" about a loony who controls the dreams of Bening, making her loony as well. The loony (I'll kill the "suspense"--it's Downey) also kills her daughter and husband, you know, just for kicks. And there's apples apples apples galore! You know, for symbolism. I think.

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The Killing Fields Review


Excellent
People never really got the message about Cambodia that they did about Vietnam. Thanks to movies like The Killing Fields the story can be told, and in fine form. Sam Waterston plays New York Times Sydney Schanberg, who's angrily covering the war from the front lines, but the film (and the Oscar, ultimately) belongs to Haing S. Ngor, who plays Dith Pran, Schanberg's Cambodian translator and assistant. When the shit goes down, Pran can't get out of the country as easily as Schanberg, and the story he tells from the months that followed are epic and heartrending.

Return To Paradise Review


Very Good
Surprisingly effective, if highly unlikely, drama of the soul and the conscience. If some guy you hardly knew was sentenced to hang in a Malaysian jail unless you went back and did 6 years in a third-world slammer, would you go?

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Fat Man And Little Boy Review


Weak
The trouble with true stories is a subject I like to tackle. I really hit it hard with Patch Adams, which was idiotic enough to use "based on a true story" as its tag line. Likewise, I'm not going easy on Fat Man and Little Boy for the fact that it is based on fact.

Fat Man and Little Boy, for anyone who has been locked up for the past sixty years, are the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan. The movie is basically a humanization of the people who invented in, the team of crackpot physicists on the Manhattan Project (led by Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, played by Dwight Schultz) and the military general in charge (Leslie Groves, played by Paul Newman). John Cusack plays the wunderkid of the physicists, Michael Merriman. Laura Dern plays his girlfriend, a nurse.

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Withnail And I Review


Very Good
Bittersweet tale of two loser actors, who spend a weekend drunk at an uncle's country cabin. George Harrison executive-produced. Best known for launching the underexposed Grant's career. And for being severely overrated.

The Story Of Adele H. Review


Good
Adele H. is Adele Hugo, daughter of Victor, the famed French writer. Her story -- and yeah, that's a pretty explanatory title -- is that she moved to Canada, fell in love with a British soldier who didn't love her back, and went crazy as she wrote a diary about this in her own secret language. A 20-year-old Isabelle Adjani makes for a comely and appropriately unhinged leading lady, but there is curiously little material here for her -- or anyone -- to work with. Shot in the dead center of director François Truffaut's career, this is a frivilous curiosity for Truffaut and Hugo scholars... but little more. That it's a true story is utterly beside the point -- there's not enough "story" for us to care. But here's what I don't get though: If Adele wrote her crazy diary in a made-up language, how did anyone manage to translate it into a movie?

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Depp's Hunter S Thompson fixation continues with the adaptation of this loosely autobiographical novel. Despite...

The Rum Diary Trailer

The Rum Diary Trailer

Freelance journalist Paul Kemp decides one day that's he had enough of the hectic lifestyle...

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