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Woman Wanted Review


Terrible
Four words: "A Kiefer Sutherland film." Ouch, this is one painful experience of a motion picture -- and even Holly Hunter's turn as a maid who eventually falls in love/bed with both a man and his son can't save the picture. Boring as hell and nearly forgotten before the credits even roll.

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg Review


Excellent
While Keeping the Faith cracks enough Rabbi jokes to keep the masses happy, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg actually has something to offer to the cinematic world. Blending fan interviews with archival footage, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg is one of the most lighthearted documentaries to come out in ages.

Hank Greenberg was not the first Jewish ballplayer, but he was the first Jewish ballplayer to keep his last name when he entered the game. As such, Greenberg faced anti-Semitic comments in addition to the insults that come with the game. As its title would suggest, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg discusses how Greenberg dealt with that (such as the decisions to take certain religious holidays off). It also discusses how Greenberg's very presence brought hope into the hearts of Jewish people everywhere, and does all of this in a humorous fashion, to boot.

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Courage Under Fire Review


Weak
The so-called Gulf War is the only war in which America was involved that, due to my age, I can personally remember. I saw it on CNN like everyone else, listening to the death toll of Iraqis climb into the 100,000 range, while U.S. casualties stayed around 300 -- half of whom were killed by accidents or friendly fire. The idea of a Gulf "War" will always be kind of silly to me, because the word "war" implies two sides fighting each other. The Gulf War was the wholesale slaughter of Iraqis by U.S. troops.

I'm not saying the Gulf War was a bad, or unjust, operation. It's more of a joke than anything else, and that's why when a film comes out attempting to glamorize the war and make heroes out of fictional soldiers and fictional events, I greet it with a bit of skepticism. Courage Under Fire (just out on DVD) is the first real Gulf War movie. It probably won't be the last.

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Along Came A Spider Review


Grim
When you think "movie franchise," you think Harrison Ford or maybe Eddie Murphy... but Morgan Freeman? Yet, with the middling $60 million take of 1997's Kiss the Girls, the low-key, dependable actor returns as Dr. Alex Cross, in another try at a psycho thriller. Sadly, Freeman's the only point of interest in this one. Kiss the Girls was average at best -- Along Came A Spider should aspire to such heights.

Both films are based on James Patterson novels, where the good Doctor (detective, psychologist, author, hostage negotiator, model boat builder... good Lord) chases down some scary guy who's either a kidnapper, a murderer, or both. Here, our culprit is a teacher (Michael Wincott) at a D.C. prep school for kids that require Secret Service detail. He conducts his entire teaching career incognito, and then snatches the young daughter of a generic U.S. Congressman (Michael Moriarty).

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Along Came A Spider Review


Terrible

In its very first scene, "Along Came a Spider" announces its intention to be just like every other genius criminal vs. brooding cop thriller you've ever seen.

Washington, D.C. detective Alex Cross (Morgan Freeman, reprising his role from "Kiss the Girls") blows a sting operation and gets his pretty female partner killed. But not just plain ol' killed, mind you -- she dangles over a dam in a convertible, so he can look her in the eyes as the car slips and she plunges to her death.

As you might expect after a cheap, manipulative, formulaic emotional hook like that, Cross mopes around blaming himself until a big case falls in his lap and he completely forgets all about that incident, which wasn't relevant to the plot anyway.

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