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The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 12th Annual Monte Cristo Award Gala held at the Edison Ballroom – Arrivals.

Charles Dutton Monday 16th April 2012 The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 12th Annual Monte Cristo Award Gala held at the Edison Ballroom – Arrivals.

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The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 12th Annual Monte Cristo Award Gala held at the Edison Ballroom – Arrivals.

Michael Douglas and Charles Dutton - Michael Douglas and Charles Dutton Monday 16th April 2012 The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 12th Annual Monte Cristo Award Gala held at the Edison Ballroom – Arrivals.

Crocodile Dundee II Review


Grim
As charismatic as ol' Mick Dundee was in the original Crocodile Dundee, the opposite is on display in this sequel, produced two years later. By 1988, an overexposed Paul Hogan had turned Dundee into a harsh meanie -- fishing off the coast of New York with dynamite and willing to dangle a man over the side of a building to get information out of him.

And rather than a lovey-dovey romantic comedy, Crocodile Dundee II (made, you know, back when we used Roman numerals to indicate the number of a sequel) is an action-packed movie more fit for Schwarzenegger, an attempt to clone Romancing the Stone with a less attractive blonde and a lead with an accent. This time out, our reporter Sue gets in trouble with a group of gangsters, and Mick has to save her ass -- by dragging it back to Australia, where he picks off the villains one by one by using his nutty faux-Aboriginal mojo.

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Alien 3 Review


OK
Since Alien and its sequel Aliens received universal praise, Fox just had to make a trilogy (which later became a quadrilogy). Trilogies (and especially quadrilogies) can pose some risk since a premise can lose its edge and outlast its welcome. Ironically, Alien 3 doesn't suffer from the trilogy syndrome as much as it suffers simply from bad writing.

Alien 3 continues with the series tradition, beginning exactly where Aliens concluded. When we left Lt. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the android Bishop (Lance Henriksen), Cpt. Hicks (Michael Biehn), and Ripley's surrogate daughter Newt (Danielle Edmond), they managed to destroy the creature, board a spacecraft, set course for Earth, and fall into deep sleep. Unfortunately, another alien has found its way onboard with them.

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Q & A Review


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Sidney Lumet's sprawling cop/DA drama shows promise but ends up muddled and confused, the victim of a few too many subplots and side characters -- all of whom get killed. Nolte is hilariously bad and good at the same time as a corrupt cop, while Hutton is the earnest DA trying to bust him. Remarkably mediocre.

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Cookie's Fortune Review


Good
Quick: Name Robert Altman's last movie.

Nope, it's not Short Cuts. It's not The Player. It was The Gingerbread Man. Before that it was Kansas City. And before that, Ready to Wear. It's been six years since Altman's last decent picture. And he's got a lot to redeem himself for.

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A Low Down Dirty Shame Review


Grim
Question of the day: why is there such an appeal to brainlessness?

One hypothesis, that we spend our working hours thinking and want to relax and thus not think in latter hours appears to hold water at a glance. However, when you peer deeper you realize that not everyone enjoys turning their brain off. Furthermore, many people cannot turn their brain off. Yet I am both A and B and still find brainlessness enjoyable.

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Surviving the Game Review


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To survive the game you first have to survive the movie, an update of The Most Dangerous Game only with a homeless guy being hunted for sport instead of a blue-blood. Too bad for the hunting party (helmed by Rutger Hauer in a golf cap), they picked the wrong guy to hunt: Ice-T in dreadlocks. The acting is atrocious: Watch for F. Murray Abraham's pained shriek when his son falls off a cliff. Oops, that's a spoiler.

Crocodile Dundee II Review


Grim
As charismatic as ol' Mick Dundee was in the original Crocodile Dundee, the opposite is on display in this sequel, produced two years later. By 1988, an overexposed Paul Hogan had turned Dundee into a harsh meanie -- fishing off the coast of New York with dynamite and willing to dangle a man over the side of a building to get information out of him.

And rather than a lovey-dovey romantic comedy, Crocodile Dundee II (made, you know, back when we used Roman numerals to indicate the number of a sequel) is an action-packed movie more fit for Schwarzenegger, an attempt to clone Romancing the Stone with a less attractive blonde and a lead with an accent. This time out, our reporter Sue gets in trouble with a group of gangsters, and Mick has to save her ass -- by dragging it back to Australia, where he picks off the villains one by one by using his nutty faux-Aboriginal mojo.

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Random Hearts Review


Unbearable
What does Hollywood have against us? Year in and year out, we fork over millions and millions of dollars to see movies that are consistently bad. Sure, a few of them are good and more than a few of them are enjoyable, but most of the movies are bad. Yet we still pay. And still they proceed to torture us with movies like Random Hearts.

Torture is the correct term for such a movie, one that spends two hours and twenty minutes evoking boredom, yawns, and snores from the audience. There is no kinder way to put it. However, I could be completely honest and say that this is perhaps the worst two and a half hours I have spent in a movie theatre all year... and I've seen a lot of really bad movies.

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