A Week In Film #578: Gumbo

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Ronin
John Frankenheimer delivers high octane thrills right up until the last reel, when it drifts off a little. De Niro gives us the world’s worst pronunciation of ‘Hereford’. Sean Bean throws up.

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Spinning Man
DEcentish thriller from director Simon Kaijser, with driven cop Pierce Brosnan nipping at the heels of flawed college philosophy teacher Guy Pearce when a young woman is found dead. The twist is somewhat leftfield but ultimately somewhat disappointing.

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Alive
Straight-up depiction of the 1972 Andean plane crash that led to survivors having to eat their dead friends to survive. Frank Marshall directs.

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The Angry Brigade: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Britain’s First Urban Guerilla Group
Gordon Carr’s excellent and detailed contemporaneous look at Britain’s Angry Brigade, including interviews with many of the key players.

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Internal Affairs
Richard Gere impresses as a shady LA cop being investigated by Andy Garcia’s rubber heeler. Directed with class by Mike Figgis.

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