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The Lost Son Review


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Forget 8MM. The Lost Son's look at a troubled P.I. who gets caught up in what turns out to be a nasty child prostitution ring is exceptional considering it's barely anything more than a direct-to-video thriller packed with stars that barely speak English.

French ┬żber-actor Daniel Auteuil stars as Xavier, an investigator with a seedy past -- he's had a mysterious scrape or two, and now, to get by, he does double time, accepting money for an engagement only to blackmail the subject for more. When a wealthy woman (Nastassja Kinski) and her family hire Xavier to find a grown man who's gone missing, Xavier ends up cracking a child porn gang wide open.

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Rock My World Review


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An old English couple poses as servants and allows an American rock band to stay at their country estate for a week. This ridiculous story just about scrapes bottom when Alicia Silverstone applies glitter makeup to the face of Joan Plowright. Pity Peter O'Toole, who is so far above this material and yet takes everything in stride. He almost makes the movie worth watching for his stuffy butler performance.

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The Reckoning Review


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Starting out as a cunning variation on the crime thriller, this medieval mystery (set in England at the end of the 14th century) moves with dramatic vigor and an engrossing build. Too bad it gets bogged down in the final reckoning, with grand themes and indulgent speechmaking designed to ensure we get the message. We do, but it brings out the worst in our performers.

Putting the tale into motion is Nicholas (Paul Bettany), an earnest but lustful priest who is caught bedding a married woman of his flock and fleeing from his town in disgrace. On the road without any prospects, he encounters a troupe of itinerant actors making their way from town to town and earning their keep by staging scenes out of the Bible for an entertainment-deprived, rural public. Offering his limited skills, Nicholas convinces Martin (Willem Dafoe), the troupe's main man, to accept him into the ensemble against Tobias's (Brian Cox) grousing against it. Martin's sister Sarah (Gina McKee), on the other hand, is quick to overcome her initial distrust and soon develops a growing affection for the fair-haired newbie. As her eyes increasingly fasten on him, she brings a hint of sexual tension to the scenario.

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