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Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on May 2009 ©2008 Prescott Productions, LLC All Rights ReservedIt’s refreshing to see Oliver Stone, who’s infamous for cramming his revisionist views of history down our throats (JFK, Nixon), come up with this tragicomic analysis of…

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Bangkok Dangerous

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on May 2009 When Nicolas Cage is good (Moonstruck, Leaving Las Vegas, Adaptation), he’s very good. But when he’s bad, he’s—well, he’s this. The guy can act, so why doesn’t he do more of it? This…

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Babylon A.D.

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on May 2009 This lead-footed, almost entirely incomprehensible film combines religious mumbo-jumbo with some perfunctory action sequences to create something I’d call disappointing had it raised any expectations at all. The formerly promising Vin Diesel phones…

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Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on May 2009 Yes, it’s every bit as toxic as it sounds. Pampered title pooch is lost in Mexico and has to find its little sequined way back to El Lay, evading dognappers and other poorly…

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Duplicity

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on May 2009 He (Clive Owen) is ex-MI6; she (Julia Roberts) is ex-CIA. They’ve both put international spying behind them and graduated to the big time: the counterespionage departments of competing shampoo giants (comically headed by…

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