The day before he's set to enter the Annapolis-based U.S. Naval Academy, Jake Huard (James Franco) paints the town one last time with his crew. On his buddy's urging, he flirts with watering-hole floozie Ali (Jordana Brewster) but gets distracted when a bar fight breaks out. The next morning, during warm-up drills, Huard is shocked to discover this petite, exotic beauty is one of his Naval instructors.
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Having finally caved in and sampled TNT, having sampled HBO on a fairly regular basis, I can now say without a doubt that not only is TNT not the best movie studio on television... it is by far one of the worst. With large payments towards directors who do not demonstrate fair ability, TNT seems to reward the kind of schlock-TV that has made "TV-movie" into a status symbol in the film industry.
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In fact, Bob Dylan and Denzel Washington are about the only things stuck in my head after that movie... that and enormous sense of racial injustice and a newfound respect for the residents of Toronto.
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It doesn't matter who else is nominated for 1999's Best Actor Oscar, the race will come down to Kevin Spacey's mid-life crisis and suburban ennui in "American Beauty" and the intensely defiant, deeply immersed performance Denzel Washington gives as a wrongly-imprisoned former boxer in "The Hurricane."
Washington burns with the festering, subterranean anger of miscarried justice in a role perfectly suited to his brand of charismatic integrity -- with a dollop of sullied toughness thrown into the mix.
He gives predictably profound, barnstorming monologues, he plays out an edge-of-sanity, internal dialogue with himself while "in the hole" for insubordination, he vehemently declares his innocence again and again -- but every word of it feels like god's truth, because Denzel Washington is that good.
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One might think that after 60 years of World War II pictures, big budget Hollywood's supply of fresh ideas for such ventures would be fully exhausted. But the court-martial-within-a-POW-escape drama "Hart's War" breathes surprising new life into the familiar by amalgamating genres and adding true human complexity to its not-so-stock characters.
Adapted from a novel by John Katzenbach, the film's recipe combines the prisoners' internal mistrust from "Stalag 17" with the wrongly-accused military trial from "A Few Good Men," leavened with a racial element and accentuated by a tunneling-to-freedom subplot from "The Great Escape" for good measure. Director Gregory Hoblit ("Frequency," "Primal Fear") proves himself a good cook, seamlessly blending these ingredients into a fresh and appetizing dramatic stew.
Talented but over-hyped Colin Farrell ("Tigerland," "American Outlaws") stars as Lt. Thomas Hart, a senator's son with no combat experience and a safe desk job in intelligence near the German lines in 1944. Captured in a roadblock ambush while escorting a commander back to the front, he's interrogated by the SS in a series of scenes that let the our imaginations get the worst of us.
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