ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Escape from New York ★★★
Get over the fact that John Carpenter’s dystopian thriller is set in 1997, and it really is fun to revisit his and co-writer Nick Castle’s dark vision of New York, in which the island of Manhattan has been walled off and converted into a maximum security prison. Kurt Russell is supercool as gone-bad Special Forces agent “Snake” Plissken (still one of the great all-time movie character names), who’s sent in to rescue President Donald Pleasence after Air Force One crashes inside the vast, lawless penitentiary-state. Ernest Borgnine, Lee Van Cleef and singer Isaac Hayes bulk up a cultish cast amid the nonstop action, and Carpenter and Alan Howarth’s synth score is gloriously early 80s. Avoid the sequel.
Die Hard 2: Die Harder ★★★★
Washington is under threat from terrorists and heavy snow on Christmas Eve, but Bruce Willis will insist on stripping down to his vest. Prepare for bracing action.
How would you use the ability to “jump” around the world in the blink of an eye? Hayden Christensen robs banks, but a law-abiding “Jumper” isn’t far behind.
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A cool two-handed thriller that keeps its cards close to its chest but hands a prime acting role to Ray Winstone, as a man with Alzheimer’s being sprung from his nursing home by son Jim Sturgess.
Open Range ★★★★
This well-crafted western about a land in transition is a pleasure to watch. Robert Duvall and Kevin Costner are the old cowpokes looking to protect their way of life.
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