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The Mission Review


Good
Roland Joffé's historical effort is all eye candy, no soul. But what eye candy it is! This star-studded endeavor is unfortunately muddy, telling the story of the religion-and-slavery-tinged war of Spain vs. Portugal vs. natives in 1750s South America. The movie eventually picks up steam but leaves the cast behind; performances by Jeremy Irons and Robert De Niro are alternately great and stilted.

Taffin Review


OK
Years before becoming Bond, Pierce Brosnan got the chance to play a roguish Brit hero as the title character in Taffin, an Irish debt collector hired to stop Evil Corporate Empire from building a chemical plant in a sleepy waterfront village. Do the ends justify the means Taffin goes through? If you can stay awake, you may just find out! Disappointing due to a confusing and often boring storyline, Brosnan provides enough bright moments to make the movie bearable, though hardly memorable.

White Mischief Review


Very Good
It's lust and... more lust, under the Kenyan sun. In this pulpy 1940s period piece. On the eve of WWII, British colonists are living high on the hog -- none higher than a British noble (Joss Ackland), who returns to Africa with a hot young wife (Greta Scacchi, mostly naked throughout the film), who promptly gets into all sorts of trouble. Namely this involves an affair with a local womanizer (Charles Dance), who ends up dead, shot in the head, before too long. One of Britain's most notorious and "unsolved" murders, Ackland's character stands trial and ultimately goes free. This very interesting and authentically recreated (the story is true) tale is still a bit cold in the final analysis, though Scacchi hits notes she'd never reach again.
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