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Trouble Bound Review


Bad
It's wacky fun on the run with an ex-con (Michael Madsen), a mafioso's daughter (Patricia Arquette), and a dead body locked in the trunk of the car they've stolen together.

Even in 1992, this didn't pass for much of a premise, and the random road trip our heroes take doesn't pass for much of a plot either. They flirt, they fight, they philosophize endlessly in the way that ex-cons and mafiosos' daughters do. At least they do in the movies. Plot points are thrown at us with little care -- even less care than Madsen and Arquette seem to be taking with their acting lessons.

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Clay Pigeons Review


Very Good
Lester, the uh, MO-lester... a character I'm not likely to ever forget. Vince Vaughn could make a career out of playing psychos and womanizers -- I wouldn't mind. Clay Pigeons is a glorious black comedy that shows off his prodigious wit and borderline insanity, with Phoenix playing the patsy for Vaughn's murders.

The Big Bounce Review


OK

Winningly wry and roguish Owen Wilson seems very much at home in the cheeky, tropical-noir world of Elmore Leonard in "The Big Bounce," a watered-down adaptation that has enjoyable vim and vigor, even if it isn't quite a faithful adaptation of Leonard's wily style.

Wilson has a gift for taking what other actors might see as rapid-fire dialogue and slowing it down to a hang-loose pace, making it seem more naturally smirky, and thereby making it his own. So as a lackadaisical surfer/vagabond/con man whose philosophy toward a career in crime is that he'll "take money if it's lying around," he's an ideal anti-hero to shrug his way through this fun but forgettable flick about an undercooked caper of mob money and double-crosses.

Fired from a construction job on the North Shore of Oahu and freshly sprung from the hoosegow after landing a baseball bat upside the foreman's noggin, Jack Ryan (Wilson) is offered a job by the blithely amused local judge who heard his case (Morgan Freeman, harmonizing perfectly with Wilson's laid-back style) -- and who likes to ruffle the feathers of Ray Ritchie (Gary Sinise), the crooked real estate developer who was pressing charges.

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