Leaving Normal

BBBB (out of 5) I suppose coming out only a year after Thelma and Louise made it impossible to think of this charming film as anything but a ripoff, but it does have its own vibe. Meg Tilly plays a numerously married, numerously divorced mail-order bride with an optimistic disposition who flees her latest abusive marriage in…

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The Last Samurai

BBB.5 (out of 5) After participating in a number of Civil War battles (many of which helped decimate the populations of natives in North America), an embittered, drunken veteran (Tom Cruise) follows his superior officers to Japan in search of big money. He has been hired by the emperor to train the country’s army in…

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Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina

B (out of 5) Relentlessly boring adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic weepie has Sophie Marceau giving a two-dimensional performance as the classic heroine who throws all her privilege over for love with a sexy soldier. Married to codgery old James Fox, Marceau finds solace and renewed passion in the arms of military man Sean Bean,…

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