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Auggie Rose Review


Very Good
Curious little movie. Jeff Goldblum's morose insurance salesman witnesses a shooting of an employee during the robbery of a deli and decides to look into the life of the man who ultimately dies into his eyes. Auggie Rose, it turns out, is an ex-con fresh out of 20 years in prison with no family ties -- only a pen-pal girl (Anne Heche) who is coming to meet him for the first time. Goldblum's John Nolan takes a giant leap and starts to assume Auggie's identity, slowly weaning himself from his rich guy trappings (and his own form of prison) as he becomes this down-on-his-luck individual. Laconic and contrived beyond belief, Auggie Rose is nonetheless a much better film than I ever expected it could be, largely thanks to Goldblum's prodigious acting chops. If anyone could make you feel the life of a rich insurance salesman is worse than that of a penniless ex-con, Goldblum can.

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The Alarmist Review


Good
Also known as Life During Wartime, The Alarmist is wacky fun mired in sheer oddity. For starters, why is the video title different than the theatrical title? Why do these characters act so strangely? Probably because the story -- about a burglar alarm salesman who breaks into houses to drum up business -- doesn't carry the picture on its own. Only by stretching the characters into ridiculousness does the film get more interesting.

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