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The first feature for both Pierce Brosnan and writer/director John McTiernan, this movie concerns a man who finds himself followed by vaguely-menacing middle-aged punks, who never really do much of anything. Lesley-Anne Down stars as a victim of split ends in the rare lead role most people agree could have been entirely removed from the film without any negative effect. A whole lot of nothing happens, yet it is all strangely watchable.

In order to make even more money, they have broken the final Hunger Games book into two films. They DO have enough material for two films, it's just that the majority of it happens to come in the second half. But, rather than really develop two films, with different themes--and reasons to exist--they are faithful to a fault and seem to have simply made one long movie and chopped it in half.

This 1977 version of Patricia Highsmith's Ripley's Game by Wim Wenders deviates from the novel more than the fairly recent John Malkovich version, but its version of Tom Ripley [played here by Dennis Hopper] is more dangerous and unstable, making it closer in spirit to the character. You also have Wender's excellent compositions and use of sound, as well and two excellent highbrow suspense sequences.

The new Christopher Nolan film continues his tradition of making films that present themselves as serious, thought-provoking films that are actually just extremely solemn escapist entertainments. It's time for humans to leave Earth, so Matthew McConaughey and friends travel through a wormhole to other potentially habitable planets. It has a lot to recommend it and is fun while it lasts [and it does last] but doesn't leave you with much after its gratingly pat conclusion.

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Scintillating Essay

Moviegoers in Harm's Way

There has been a spike in movies this summer that depict mass destruction and skyscrapers toppling, yet we rarely if ever see a dead body or even any blood. What effect does this have on moviegoers, and what does it tell us about the way filmmakers view their audience?

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The Birds: Explained!

Here you will encounter my answer to the enduring question about this film: Why do the birds attack? I point out that if you pay attention to the non-attack material, you can see that the bird attacks are the physical manifestation of the mother's rage against rival's for her son's affection.

Readers Respond

Maybe you didn't enjoy Coyote Ugly, but something about it must have got you, because you sure reviewed the shit out of it!

-- Michael

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