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Cruel Game Review


Unbearable
The truly cruel game is having to sit through this movie, in which an L.A. playboy (Adam Baratta) juggles up to four different women while claiming to truly love one of them, a Japanese girl (Jennifer Tung) who may or may not be in it for the green card.

After an hour of ridiculous love scenes with the likes of adult-magazine starlets Victoria Silvstedt and Carrie Stevens, we are thrown into an even more ridiculous stolen-$1-million/who's-scamming-who? story. By working in three plot twists at the end to ensure that no one understands what exactly went down, writer/director Masahi Nagadoi unfortunately makes one even more major mistake, failing to realize that we have long since ceased to care.

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A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Review


OK
The Nightmare continues, with two newcomers who would turn out to be fairly big stars -- Patricia Arquette and "Larry" Fishburne (dig the beard!) -- plus appearances from two classic actors whose presence is always welcome -- Dick Cavett and Zsa Zsa Gabor. This time, Heather Langenkamp from Nightmare #1 is a counselor to troubled teens, and Freddie decides to try to get them to commit suicide, thus doing in his old nemesis and a bunch of rotten kids at the same time. Far better than Nightmare #2, this one has a serpentine Freddie vomiting up a half-eaten, perpetually screaming Arquette. Can you not love this?

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Reunion Review


Grim

Although propped up by the art house cachet of being part of the experimental Dogme95 minimalist cinema movement, the high school reunion dramedy "Reunion" cannot seem to escape the semi-stock characters and formulaic catharses that are par for the genre course.

Reuniting with their former teenage clique in Ojai, California, the half dozen 1981 graduates focused on by writer Kimberly Shane O'Hara and director Lief Tilden are seen largely though the eyes of Jeanie (Jennifer Rubin), an outsider that none of the film's group of friends recognizes from their teens. She had been an awkward wallflower in school, but has since blossomed into a confident, worldly coquette (and very unconvincing professional photographer).

Jeanie blows into town to exorcise some personal demons by revealing her successful adult self to those who once ignored her and by sleeping with the former school stud (Billy Wirth), who is now bitter about winding up a lowly bus driver -- and more than willing to oblige the off-kilter advances of this pretty, esoteric woman he doesn't remember at all as a girl.

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