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Mr. Brooks Review


Weak
Don't feel bad if, during the opening salvos of Mr. Brooks, you question whether you've sat down at the midpoint of the film.

Director Bruce Evans structures his serial-killer thriller like a John Sandford or James Patterson page-turner, the kind that made household names of fictitious crime-solvers Alex Cross and Lucas Davenport. Evans intentionally paces his movie like the middle act of a longer story, which is a bold move until we realize Brooks raises more questions than the director and his co-writer, Raynold Gideon, can answer.

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Assassins Review


Good
Okay, I admit it. I was expecting something horrible like Judge Dredd when I sat down for Assassins. Instead, imagine my surprise to find a nicely-crafted action thriller that does not feature Sylvester Stallone making a bunch of "witty" remarks.

Assassins is essentially an updating of a well-established story line. Robert Rath (Stallone) is the best in the world at what he does--killing people for money. But he's getting tired of it all and wants out of the business. Unfortunately, you can't just give two weeks notice to your faceless hit contractor; it's a bit more difficult than that. So it's understandable that Rath barely flinches when he finds out Miguel Bain (Antonio Banderas), the #2 assassin, is after him.

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Lost in America Review


Extraordinary
Albert Brooks at his sarcastic best, Lost in America presents the case of a married L.A. yuppie couple who opt to "drop out" of life -- parroting Easy Rider -- and travel the country in an RV. When the wife loses their "nest egg" a day later in Vegas, things don't quite turn out the way they'd planned. Masterfully funny, Lost in America is one of those movies you can't help but watch when you come across it on TV. Excellent.

Starman Review


Good
Jeff Bridges plays a language-challenged alien who crash lands on earth in one of John Carpenter's best films -- not that that's saying much. While he drags Karen Allen (whose dead husband he has taken the form of) along on his quest to get back into space (because he can't drive, he needs the girl) while the feds try to hunt him down. What follows is one wacky road trip... but will he make it? In my book, you never bet against the alien (unless, of course, he's a bad alien).
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