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Ring Around The Rosie Review


Terrible
Wow. Sometimes I wonder, I really really wonder, how movies like this get made. Writer/director Rubi Zack has been a first assistant director for a few years, working on films like Jewish Vendetta and various Red Shoe Diaries episodes. The he (she?) wrote a script, if that's what you can call this, and someone put up the money for the movie to be made. Then someone suggested Tom Sizemore in a leading role. And someone said to change the name from Fear Itself to, ahem, Ring Around the Rosie. It just does downhill from there.

If you rent this DVD -- and I'm betting you won't -- you'll be scratching your head from the start. The film begins with a wide-eyed Gina Philips (that siren standard of many a TV drama) as she and her hubby (Randall Batinkoff) inherit a spooky farmhouse from her dead grandmother. (Or maybe he's her boyfriend, I'm not sure, because he promptly vanishes from the farm and the movie after two quick sex scenes with Gina.) Unfortunately for Ms. Philips, she's also inherited the farm's caretaker, played by Sizemore. Then Gina's sister (Jenny Mollen) arrives. And, in the biggest impossibility I've seen in years, she's wooed into Sizemore's arms because he helps her a) learn how to chop wood and b) learn how not to fall off of a swing. Hey, maybe the little blonde girl deserves big Tom.

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The Peacemaker Review


Very Good
High stakes intrigue when nine nuclear missiles go missing in post-breakup Russia. Kidman and Clooney are hammy, yes, but for all its flaws, The Peacemaker is a lot of fun. Favorite line, Kidman yelling, "Take the shot!"

The Curve Review


Weak
Inanely stupid college-kids thriller, aka Dead Man's Curve, about two nut jobs who decide to kill their third roommate in order to get a 4.0 for the semester. Really, really dumb.
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