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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Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

BB.5 (out of 5) What better way to celebrate three multi-billion dollar-grossing films than to just keep making more of them. This time the producers have at least recognized where the money is by jettisoning deadweight cast members Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, retaining the delicious silliness of Johnny Depp (who still seems to be having…

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Letters From Iwo Jima

BBBBB (out of 5) Any suggestion that Flags Of Our Fathers was a shameless opportunity for flag-waving can easily be dismissed by the existence of this film, a superior, haunting look at the battle of Iwo Jima from the point of view of the Japanese side. Even more impressive is that director Clint Eastwood made…

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