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Shane Buettner Posted: Jul 25, 2006 Published: Jul 26, 2006 0 comments

"It was whiskey done it, much as anything else." So says William Munny (Clint Eastwood), a man of notoriously vicious and mean disposition, when asked how he killed so many men so easily in his younger years. <I>Unforgiven</I> deconstructs the myth of the western gunman, a character Eastwood himself played to such great effect earlier in his career.
This is a bleak film to be sure, one in which the kindest characters are inflicted with the cruelest fates. In westerns we typically see some rough form of justice meted out by the gunman/hero, and we cheer when the bad guys "get what's coming to them." According to Eastwood's Munny, "we all have it comin."

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Rad Bennett Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments
20th Century Fox
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Boston Legal is broadcast in high-def on ABC, where its det
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Al Griffin Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments

The New World (New Line; Movie •••½, Picture/Sound ••••, Extras •••), Terrence Malick's film about the fateful collision of English settlers with Native Americans in 1607, is short on dialogue and long on trippy shots of sunlight leaking through virgin forests.

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Mel Neuhaus Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments

One was a gregarious actor who became a cultural icon. The other was an erudite, poetic soul hiding in a sadistic, foul-tempered drunk ... and arguably America's greatest director.

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Marc Horowitz Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments
Warner
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George Clooney put on close to 30 pounds, grew an unruly
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Brandon Grafius Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments
Paramount
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Another dystopian vision of the future, another ass-k
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Ken Korman Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments
Universal/DreamWorks
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Five Oscar nominations notwithstanding (including on
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Ken Korman Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments
MGM
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Director John Frankenheimer's last feature, from 1998, remains a near-perfec
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Ken Korman Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments
Warner
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First-time director Shane Black, writer of
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Rad Bennett Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments
Sony
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This pungent, funny/sad, character-driven show portrays New York City firemen
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Marc Horowitz Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments
Paramount
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Event Horizon is a suspenseful and entertaining interstellar-hor
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Sol Louis Siegel Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments
The Criterion Collection
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Orson Welles's 1955 attempt to create a European count
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Tom Norton Posted: Jun 17, 2006 0 comments

In these still early days of HD DVD, it's a little creepy that three of the releases have been films about bad cops: <I>Assault on Precinct 13</I>, <I>Training Day</I> (see below) and now <I>16 Blocks</I>.

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Tom Norton Posted: Jun 17, 2006 0 comments

<I>Training Day</I> is about a bad cop. A very bad cop who has convinced himself that if he can do good in questionable ways and get a little action on the side for himself (not to mention for a few bad cop buddies), that’s the name of the game. When it comes to breaking in a rookie, however, he gets more than he bargained for.

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Tom Norton Posted: Jun 17, 2006 0 comments

Stephen Sommers, director of a fun ride in <I>The Mummy</I> and an unnecessary, overblown sequel in <I>The Mummy Returns</I>, brings us a whole bevy of uglies in <I>Van Helsing</I>. It's a monster mash, with Dracula getting together with his vampire brides, the Frankenstein monster, Mr. Hyde, wherewolves, and various other hangers on.

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