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The People Vs. Larry Flynt Review


Excellent
What a huge gamble, to make a movie about "Hustler" magazine founder and die-hard porn king Larry Flynt and his turbulent life.

Whether or not it's successful, the filmmakers deserve every bit of praise for having the guts to make a movie like this, especially in an age where Washington constantly cries foul over Hollywood's depictions of sex and violence. And believe me, The People vs. Larry Flynt has plenty of both.

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Mikey And Nicky Review


Very Good
"I didn't say he was going to be in the middle of the street waiting for us," says Mikey (Peter Falk) to the hitman (Ned Beatty). The two are tracking Mikey's friend Nicky (John Cassavetes), whom Mikey is setting up after Nicky has been caught stealing from their mob boss. Mikey and Nicky have just had a fistfight in the middle-of-the-night streets of Philadelphia, and Mikey goes on to explain that Nicky isn't likely to be waiting in the exact spot where the fight took place, either; he will have run.

But then we cut to Nicky, and he is indeed standing in the street in the very same spot as before. The moment fits the plot, which follows the adventures of these two over the course of one long night in which Nicky unknowingly thwarts his friend's every attempt to place him within striking range of the hitman, and it fits Nicky's character, which is that of a hyperactive, wearingly obnoxious adolescent boy occupying the body of a full-grown man. But more than anything, it's another moment of eerily misplaced humor in a film full of anger and remorse.

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House Of Games Review


Essential
"A sucker born every minute, huh?" "And two to take him!" So goes one of the greatest exchanges between con-man (Mantegna) and conned-woman (Crouse) in David Mamet's directorial debut, ten years ago. It might be you that plays the sucker, though (and I mean that in a good way), after indulging in Mamet's triple-crossed tale of "dinosaur con-men" having their proverbial way with a hapless (and wealthy) psychotherapist. Mamet's signature staccato dialogue is nailed to perfection, especially by Mantegna, in the performance that put him on the map. No aspect of the film has avoided a clever touch, from the upbeat-yet-creepy piano music, to the wickedly low lighting, to the irony of Mamet casting his own wife in the role of a woman obsessed with the confidence game. House of Games makes a powerful impact, but, inexplicably, it was completely ignored in theatrical release. Its twists and turns may leave you a little shaken up by the delicious ending, but you'll inevitably take to heart one of Mantegna's principles of conduct: "Don't trust nobody."

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Prince's Paisley Park Estate To Opened For Public Tours

Prince's Paisley Park Estate To Opened For Public Tours

From October 6th, the public will be able to take guided tours of Prince's sprawling home and studio complex in Chanhassen, Minneapolis.

Kit Harington And Maisie Williams Tease 'Game Of Thrones' Season 7

Kit Harington And Maisie Williams Tease 'Game Of Thrones' Season 7

Without giving away any spoilers, both the British actors hinted that season seven of 'Game of Thrones' would be eventful, shall we say.

Robin Thicke Launches Appeal Against 'Blurred Lines' Copyright Decision

Robin Thicke Launches Appeal Against 'Blurred Lines' Copyright Decision

Thicke and Pharrell were ordered to pay $5.3 million in March 2015 to Marvin Gaye's family after 'Blurred Lines' was found to have copied elements of...

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Johnny Depp Sends First Divorce Payment Straight To Charities

Johnny Depp Sends First Divorce Payment Straight To Charities

Depp cut the first installment of cheques in his divorce from Amber Heard, sending them directly to the charities she named.

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