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November Man Review


Even though it never feels believable, this twisty spy thriller has such a quick pace that it's consistently entertaining. Packed with surprising revelations, the movie makes terrific use of shady American espionage agencies and villainous Russians, as well as a former James Bond. As with most of these kinds of films, it's also far too violent and edited in such a way as to make the action almost incomprehensible. But there's a sense of breezy fun to the film that keeps us watching.

It's been five years since CIA operative Peter (Pierce Brosnan) retired from active service, but his old friend Hanley (Bill Smitrovich) needs his help. So he heads to Moscow to intercept an operative with whom he has a past, and everything goes spectacularly wrong. He ends up in a face-off with his former protege David (Luke Bracey), a current CIA spy who is now ordered to eliminate his mentor. But there's life in Peter yet, and he manages to keep one step ahead of David, travelling to Belgrade to intercept a young woman, Alice (Olga Kurylenko), who is the key to a major operation that centres on a dodgy Russian politician (Lazar Ristovski). Chased by American spies and Russian thugs, Peter and Alice make a run for it.

Director Roger Donaldson has been making slick political thrillers since 1987's No Way Out, and he knows how to divert the audience's attention from plot holes and contrived action by simply never pausing for breath. He also packs the scenes with characters who bristle with snarky attitude, making them far more interesting than the usual action movie line-ups. Brosnan is clearly having a great time charging through each scene, nodding continually to his 007 history while playfully adding spark to his banter with Bracey, who just about keeps up with the "we know each other too well" interaction. And Kurylenko dives in with gusto, vamping it up gleefully as a woman with a lot of secrets.

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Ouch. 'The Best of Me' Scores a Lowly 8% on Rotten Tomatoes


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Making its case for worst Nicholas Sparks adaptation ever in The Best of Me - one of this weekend's cinematic offerings and easily one of the worst movies of the year. This sort of stuff usually sells - Safe Heaven, The Last Song, Dear John and, of course The Notebook - but there's a theory that The Best of Me won't be the guaranteed earner that Relatively probably assumes it is.

James Marsden Michelle MonaghanJames Marsden [L] and Michelle Monaghan [R] in 'The Best of Me'

Based on Sparks' novel of the same name, the book tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Billed as an "epic love story", The Best of Me appears to contain every cliché in the book. That's the book of movie clichés, not the book The Best of Me - although that probably contains just as many platitudes.

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Picture - Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato... Los Angeles California United States, Wednesday 8th October 2014

Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato - Photographs of the stars on the red carpet for the premiere of "The Best Of Me" in Los Angeles at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 8th October 2014

James Marsden and Luke Bracey
Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato
Luke Bracey
Luke Bracey
Luke Bracey

Picture - Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato... Los Angeles California United States, Wednesday 8th October 2014

Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato - Photographs of the stars on the red carpet for the premiere of "The Best Of Me" in Los Angeles at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 8th October 2014

Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato
Luke Bracey
Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden, Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato and Michael Hoffman

The Best Of Me - Official UK Trailer


Dawson and Amanda are living the life of the typical movie love story - they spend their time enjoying long summer days and nights together, until events conspire to break them apart. Dawson is arrested and goes to jail, leaving Amanda to live out her life without him. After being called to the funeral of an old friend, the couple meet each other for the first time in twenty one years. The couple begin to ponder the idea of letting go and moving on from your first true love, as they are dragged together into a relationship which also pits them against the same forces that drove them apart in the first place. The romantic drama spans decades, showing that some loves can truly last a lifetime. 

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The November Man Trailer


During his CIA days, Peter Devereaux was an exceptional tutor in his field. He taught his pupil David Mason well - teaching him the dangers of having loved ones around them and instilling in him the responsibility that comes with taking someone's life with a single shot. Several years on, a retired peter returns to the agency in a bid to protect a witness named Alice Fournier. The case is extremely personal to him, but things get even more personal when he finds himself fighting against David as the government face combat over the election of the new Russian president. Peter is about to find out just how good a teacher he has been.

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The Best Of Me Trailer


Dawson Cole is a high school student who, unlike his peers, prefers his own company rather than anybody else's. He doesn't have girlfriends, and he has very few friends altogether, but when he meets the very pretty Amanda Collier, he finds himself longing to be around her. The pair embark on a passionate, uninhibited romance, but when Amanda's wealthy father finds out about the sort of boy she's been fraternising with, he's determined to end it. Wanting what's best for Amanda despite his breaking heart, Dawson leaves town only to meet his teenage sweetheart again 20 years later. The pair find themselves falling in love all over again, only they are much older now and life is much more complicated. Has their childhood passion withstood the test of time? Or will they have to part ways for good?

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