A Week In Film #339: Fresh deck

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Red Corner
Subtlety-of-a-sledgehammer stuff from Jon Avnet (Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistlestop Cafe, but also 88 Minutes and Righteous Kill), directing Richard Gere as a smug, self-satisfied television executive trying to put together a deal in China. Of course, it all goes tits up, and he finds himself accused of Very Serious Crimes…

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Give Up Tomorrow
Intriguing documentary about what seems to be a miscarriage of justice in the Philippines, where a number of boys were convicted of a double murder.

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The Sitter
It’s no Adventures In Babysitting. It’s not even a Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead. I guess it’s a sign we’ve reached optimum Jonah Hill, and after that it’s all raising the temperature of the fuel rods dangerously high. Sam Rockwell is quit amazing in it.

Raw Deal title screen
Raw Deal
One of those quintessentially eighties movies, and somehow I’d never seen it. Schwarzenegger is a former FBI agent and now small town sheriff who is secretly recruited to join the Mafia to destroy it from within. That’s, er, about it. Directed by John Irvin, who seven short years previously had delivered seven impeccable episodes of the Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy adaptation.

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