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The Memory Of A Killer Review


Very Good
Belgian director Erik Van Looy must be a big fan of U.S. thrillers, because he just made one. His cast may be pretty much unknown in America, but that's for the good. As for upbeat pacing, an attractive production and an original concept, it should play well to all audiences who enjoy a police vs. hitman escapade peppered with suspenseful action.

Since it doesn't have star power to solidify the bottom line, it may remain a sleeper, soon to hit the bins. But, make no mistake, this is exemplary crime stuff, complex anti-hero and all.

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S. Review


Bad
Baffling, and not in a good way. This Belgian production offers a bisexual stripper on a killing spree, and that's about the sum of it. It's meant to be stylistic and Natural Born Killersish, but since we don't care about heroine S. (Natali Broods) or her victims, that leaves us with just the copious sex scenes. And frankly, they aren't all that hot anyway.

Character Review


Very Good
A more aptly named film you will not find, Character is nothing more than an intricate yet perplexing character study of a couple of pre-WWII Dutch. We follow some 25 years in the life of the bastard child of a sedate and dour cleaning lady, impregnated one night by her employer. Boss-man tries to Do The Right Thing but his offers of marriage are perpetually refused. As kid rises through the ranks of society, his battle with his father worsens and worsens. Only we never really understand what motivates these two to hate each other so much. Won the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1998.

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The Memory Of A Killer Review


Weak

Slick, overly stylish and conspicuously short on logic at critical moments, the only thing that prevents the assassin thriller "The Memory of a Killer" from seeming 100-percent Hollywood is the characters speaking in subtitled Dutch.

The movie is cat-and-mouser about an hired gun who finds a conscience when he realizes his latest target is a little girl -- not unlike Jennifer Garner in the crummy comic-book bomb "Elektra," except that the brilliant Jan Decleir ("Character") isn't a 30-year-old hottie back from the dead in skin-tight leather. He's an old man whose bout with Alzheimer's disease is turning his mind cloudy and dangerously unstable.

Putting himself at risk by bucking his assignment, the killer tries to steer a hunky cop (Koen De Bouw), who is hot on his trail, toward a climactic showdown with a much bigger fish: a wealthy baron whose child-molester son wanted the girl dead.

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Running Free Review


Weak

Put Mr. Ed and Francis the talking mule in a room together and they still wouldn't yap as much as Lucky, the equine orphan hero of the overly-lengthy, overly-loquacious children's movie "Running Free."

Lucky is a beautiful brown horse born on a steamer taking beasts of burden to South Africa in 1914 for thankless work at a mining colony (insert slavery allusions here). He doesn't actually speak, it's not that kind of kid's movie. But he does incessantly narrate (with the voice of Lukas Haas) this utterly pedestrian parable about a foundling foal who befriends and similarly orphaned 10-year-old stable boy (Chase Moore) and grows up facing adversity, rivalry and World War I.

Pandering, obvious and a fidget-inspiring 123 minutes long, the movie's storyline is so basic that just about anyone who has seen a live-action Disney movie from the 1960s could have written a treatment for this script in an afternoon.

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The Memory Of A Killer Movie Review

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Slick, overly stylish and conspicuously short on logic at critical moments, the only thing that...

Running Free Movie Review

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