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  • Busting

    Busting

    ★★★★★

    Busting was the directorial debut of Peter Hyams, following two successful telemovies for ABC exec producer Barry Diller - the film noir detective pastiche Goodnight, My Love and the wronged man melodrama Rolling Man. It was the 14th film produced by the duo of Winkler and Chartoff following their joint beginnings with John Boorman's seminal Point Blank, one of the key thrillers of the 1960s. Hyams himself was a former CBS news anchor and used his background in crime reporting…

  • Ashanti

    Ashanti

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Michael Caine says this is the only film he regretted doing. In both of his autobiographies to date, he says about it that he expects no-one has ever heard of it and sincerely hopes that no-one ever sees it. Now - how can anyone resist seeing a movie that comes so well recommended. After all, Michael Caine made The Swarm, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure and Blame it on Rio: how bad could Ashanti possibly be that he considers it his…

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  • Fargo

    Fargo

    ★★★★★

    The Coen Brothers are now virtually enshrined in American film as the most provocative team working generally outside of the Hollywood establishment. Following the unexpected critical success of the stylistically mannered Barton Fink the independent duo were, however, poised to possibly approach larger audiences and revenues. Thus, their quirky follow-up The Hudsucker Proxy was expected to do extremely well – it was certainly their biggest budget to that date – but when it proved a major box-office flop the duo…

  • Death on the Nile

    Death on the Nile

    ★★★½

    The cycle of Agatha Christie adaptations got a boost with the international success of Murder on the Orient Express. Indeed, that film’s producers were so impressed with the popularity of that Christie tale that they set about to imitate the formula for another smash hit. The formula was ready-made: a variety of name actors are assembled in an exotic but confined locale and are all suspects when one of their number is murdered. Of course on board happens to be…