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When criminal leader Tommy Carmichael is killed in a vicious attack in his office, his son Joseph will stop at nothing to exact his revenge. CCTV footage shows two men coming out of the office individually; the seemingly innocent businessman Ian Drake and the rather unpleasant character that is Issac Revchenko. Both parties are separately taken for a brutal interrogation with Joseph who threatens to kill both of them unless they set out to assassinate the other suspect. Armed with disposable phones and tracking devices, the men oblige unknowing that they are also being hunted in this twisted plan. Time is rapidly running out for both of them as another force comes into place complicating matters even further.

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Man Of La Mancha Review


Weak
The translation from theatrical musical to movie musical doesn't get much more disastrous than in Man of La Mancha, a cheap, muddled, and badly put-together debacle that resoundingly establishes Arthur Hiller (who directed Love Story and Silver Streak) as one of cinema's most hit-and-miss directors.

La Mancha adapts the stage play with Peter O'Toole in the lead as both Don Quixote and Miguel de Cervantes: Cervantes is imprisoned by the Spanish Inquisition, finds his papers held ransom by his fellow inmates, and given a mock trial by them in order to determine whether they shall be returned. The trial takes the form of a reenactment of Don Quixote, Cervantes' adventurous tales of his alter ego. As the delusional Quixote, O'Toole jousts with a windmill and promptly rides to a nearby village, which he believes to be a castle holding his beloved Dulcinea (Sophia Loren). By his side is the lovable chubster Sancho Panza (James Coco), who sees the reality behind Quixote's grandiose delusions but finds himself taken in by them as well.

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The Lion In Winter Review


Excellent
There's something terribly fascinating about the ruthless intrigue which takes place within a royal court. Think of the shifting allegiances in the recent Elizabeth or the diabolical conspiracies and ingenious assassinations of those ruthless Frenchmen in Queen Margot. Ah, yes -- those elaborate costume-dramas where the powerful survive by wit, cunning, a chess player's penchant for strategy, and the indelible art of the double-cross.

Watching these cinematic treats is nothing short of delicious. Since revenge is a dish best served cold, it seems appropriate that the grand dame of these films takes place in the bleak midwinter of 1183, when the royal family has gathered for the Christmas holidays.

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Gods & Generals Review


Weak

If the 3 hour and 49 minute Civil War epic "Gods and Generals" is any indication, the Union and the Confederate armies must have talked each other to death.

The movie has, at most, five scattered minutes of story addressing the political issues that split the nation in 1861. It has maybe 30 minutes of battle scenes and another 15 focused exclusively on Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's pneumonia.

The balance of the picture is spent on florid speeches, polemic pontifications and protracted prayers, extensively detailed attack plans, scene after scene exploring the marriages of its military icons, and passing mentions of slavery (which apparently no one in this Southern army actually favored), while largely ignoring the other more direct causes of the war.

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John Castle Movies

I Against I Trailer

I Against I Trailer

When criminal leader Tommy Carmichael is killed in a vicious attack in his office, his...

Man of La Mancha Movie Review

Man of La Mancha Movie Review

The translation from theatrical musical to movie musical doesn't get much more disastrous than in...

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The Lion in Winter Movie Review

The Lion in Winter Movie Review

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