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Jess Purcell


shot through the heart

Early in Antoine Fuqua's Shooter, Marine Corps sniper John Lee Swagger (Mark Wahlberg) decides to retire, retreating to a remote mountain hideaway.

The Write Stuff

Freedom Writers, written and directed by Richard LaGravenese, holds no surprises. It tells a familiar story: a young, eager teacher enters an urban high school classroom full of poor kids with no futures.

More like middle ages

It's ironic that this relatively derivative, though not uninteresting, addition to the dystopian sci-fi genre is titled Renaissance.

Pride (in the name of beating a dead horse)

Pride & Prejudice features some fine performances, lovely scenery and costumes and a serviceable script, but ultimately begs the question: why make another version of this beloved Jane Austen novel, especially after the wonderful 1995 BBC production starring Colin Firth? Well, one answer is that Keira Knightley, playing Miss Elizabeth Bennet, looks ravishing in period dress.


Jonathan Safran Foer is not a writer, he is a collector. As played by Elijah Wood, Foer is a vegetarian, an American, and a descendant of a Holocaust survivor, obsessed with mapping the details of his Jewish heritage.

Gripping, no?

T he Interpreter, a well acted and politically relevant film, begins as U.N. interpreter Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman) overhears a plot to assassinate Edmund Zuwanie, the president of the fictitious and war-torn African country Matobo.

Sounds like a girl on girl flick

Woody Allen, in his new dramedy Melinda and Melinda, succeeds in bettering his recent movies, but that's not saying much.
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