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The Long Good Friday Review


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Often heralded as one of the great British gangster flicks, The Long Good Friday is unfortunately saddled by the same laziness and vain attempts at kitschy insiderism that made Get Carter so forgettable, as well. Bob Hoskins plays the heavy this time out, fuming his way through 100 minutes of nonsense as he tries to figure out who is blowing up his places of business. Surprisingly, not much plot to get in the way of his ritualistic interrogations and murders of his rivals....

The Punisher (1989) Review


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One of cinema's worst duds ever, Dolph Lundgren is actually at his mediocre best here as the Marvel Comics star -- a former policeman turned vigilante who is out to avenge the death of his wife and child. Things go from stupid to completely asinine when the Punisher decides to take on the local Japanese Yakuza mobsters, who have kidnapped the children of his usual enemies, the Italian mafia. Can't we all just get along? Not if it means sitting through this film, marred by cheeseball sets and special effects, lame fight sequences, and some of the worst acting ever to disgrace the screen. Director Mark Goldblatt returned to editing after this bomb.

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