Nicole Kidman, an interpreter at the United Nations, overhears a plot to assassinate the Robert Mugabe-like dictator (liberator turned genocidal maniac) of the African country where she was born. That’s bad enough but, even worse, the plotters might have seen her. She tells the American Secret Service what she knows and they send agent Sean Penn to investigate and protect her. But he doesn’t believe her. Not at first, anyway. Something nasty in her background makes him suspicious and he knows about nasty backgrounds because he has one, too. It’s all a little overwritten but the story’s gripping enough with plenty of suspects and a good ration of action and thrills. Nice performances, authentic backgrounds and neat direction by Sydney Pollack.
The young siblings from the old Grimm fairy tale have grown up to be anything but sweet as candy in this dark “what if” action fantasy from the director of Dead Snow. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton give killer performances as the tooled-up steampunk slayers.
Francis Ford Coppola’s attempt to give life to Harlem’s hottest jazz joint has plenty of 1920s pizzazz but isn’t quite the classic epic you’d expect from the director of The Godfather films. Still, Richard Gere gets to show off his real-life horn-playing skills and there are memorable turns from Bob Hoskins and Fred Gwynne (of Munsters fame).
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