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The Informers Review


Weak
Here's another entry to the all-star multi-strand Los Angeles ensemble drama genre (see Short Cuts, Magnolia, Crash, Southland Tales). But while this one features strong acting and stylish filmmaking, it's emotionally empty.

In 1983 L.A., studio exec William (Thornton) wants to reconcile with his heavily medicated wife Laura (Basinger) while continuing to see his self-doubting TV newscaster mistress (Ryder). Their son Graham (Foster) is indulging in drugs and sex with his girlfriend (Heard) and best pal (Nichols), who's also sleeping with Laura for cash. Meanwhile, Graham's doorman (Renfro) is trying to please his criminal father figure (Rourke), but Graham's friend Tim (Pucci) has no interest in connecting with his dad (Isaak).

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Picture - Marco Weber, Thomas Kretschmann Berlin, Germany, Sunday 10th February 2008

Marco Weber and Thomas Kretschmann - Marco Weber, Thomas Kretschmann Berlin Film Festival 2008 (Berlinale) Berlin, Germany - Aftershow-party Fireflies In The Garden at the Marmorsaal of the Hotel de Rome Sunday 10th February 2008

Marco Weber and Thomas Kretschmann
Marco Weber and Thomas Kretschmann

Picture - Marco Weber, Dennis Lee, Willem... Berlin, Germany, Sunday 10th February 2008

Marco Weber, Dennis Lee and Willem Dafoe - Marco Weber, Dennis Lee, Willem Dafoe Fireflies In The Garden premiere Berlin, Germany - Berlin Film Festival 2008 (Berlinale) Sunday 10th February 2008

Marco Weber, Dennis Lee and Willem Dafoe
Marco Weber, Dennis Lee and Willem Dafoe

Picture - Marco Weber, Dennis Lee, Ryan... Berlin, Germany, Sunday 10th February 2008

Marco Weber, Hayden Panettiere and Ryan Reynolds - Marco Weber, Dennis Lee, Ryan Reynolds, Hayden Panettiere, Willem Dafoe Fireflies In The Garden photocall Berlin, Germany - Berlin Film Festival 2008 (Berlinale) Sunday 10th February 2008

Red Meat Review


Grim
They "go to the gym, eat red meat, and talk about girls."

And so this straight-to-DVD-after-five-years-on-the-shelf flick would be dismissed as a pale imitation of In the Company of Men, if only it weren't written and directed by a woman, Allison Burnett. And not only is she a woman, she's the very woman who wrote both Bloodsport III: Forced to Fight and Autumn in New York!*

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Igby Goes Down Review


Good
2002 is the year of Kieran Culkin. After a rock-star performance in the one great film this year that everyone missed -- The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys -- Kieran Culkin delivers another knockout performance as a rebel without a clue or a cause in Igby Goes Down.

Igby Goes Down tells the tale of one boy's rebellion against the 'old money' ways in which he was born. Igby Slocumb (Culkin) lives within a quirky family unit complete with a schizophrenic father (Bill Pullman) - whose last episode earned him a one-way ticket to the funny farm years back, a self-absorbed, Mommie Dearest of a mother (Susan Sarandon), and a repugnant Young Republican reptile of a brother (Ryan Phillippe). His constant attempts at searching out a better life away from his family's stifling dysfunction lead to a number of high school expulsions and an abnormal amount of prescription sedatives for his mother.

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The Thirteenth Floor Review


Grim
I want to start by mentioning that I actually work on the 13th floor of a real live building in downtown San Francisco. My business card actually reads "13th Floor". Reading my business card is more interesting than this film.

Interesting premise: Computer geniuses build a virtual reality machine that lets them go back in time to 1937 Los Angeles. Only the virtual people have feelings and emotions just like us; they don't know they're not real. But then they find out.

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All The Queen's Men Review


Terrible
Matt LeBlanc -- now here's a guy that picks winners to star in. He played second fiddle to a baseball-playing monkey in Ed. The same monkey could have owned his role in the pitiful Lost in Space. He even ironically played a B-movie actor in Charlie's Angels. And with his new turn in All The Queen's Men, LeBlanc finally embraces the monkey persona fully, complete with pantyhose, bad makeup, and ever so pouty red lips.

In his latest attempt to shake his identity as the dim-witted Joey from the TV show Friends, LeBlanc stretches his acting chops as a bad-ass solider boy sent to outwit the Germans during WWII, in order steal their spy secrets. It's a WWII comedy/drama/action yarn with an identity crisis that rivals that of Jame Gumb from The Silence of the Lambs.

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