Back in the U.S.S.R. (1992)





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In this first American film to be shot entirely in Moscow, young vacationing American Archer Sloan (Frank Whaley) gets involved in the theft of a rare religious icon. The "hot-potatoed" icon lands in Sloan's possession and one of the underworld bad guys involved in the theft is murdered. Sloan becomes a suspect and is forced into fleeing the Moscow police while trying to locate the people who can vindicate him. This Glasnost-era film will probably be better remembered for its glimpse into a molting Soviet Union, than for intrigue as an actioner. Included in the cast is Polish producer Roman Polanski.
Action & Adventure , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Mystery & Suspense
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Frank Whaley
as Archer
Roman Polanski
as Kurilov
Andrew Divoff
as Dimitri
Dey Young
as Claudia
Ravil Isyanov
as Georgi
Harry Ditson
as Whittier
Brian Blessed
as Chazov
Yuri Sarantsev
as Concierge
Oleg Anofriev
as Taxi Driver
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[b][i]Deep Blue Sea[/i][/b] Starring: Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, LL Cool J, Michael Rapaport, Stellan Skarsgard, and Samuel L. Jackson. Directed by Renny Harlin. Written by Duncan Kennedy, Donna Powers, and Wayne Powers. Rated [b]R[/b] (for graphic shark attacks, and for language). Running time approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. [center][img][/img][/center] [center][i]I'm sorry, but that's friggin' horrifying![/i][/center] As completely terrifying I find creatures of the deep, I somehow couldn't get past the silly situations and lame performances in schlockmaster (he really is the master) Renny Harlin's [i]Deep Blue Sea[/i]. Technically the film is a marvel - these animatronic sharks look real...and therefore, I am permanently out of the water. Never will I be face-to-face with the creature pictured above. [b]**1/2 (out of ****) B-[/b] [b][i]Solaris[/i][/b] Starring: George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Viola Davis, Jeremy Davies, and Ulrich Tukur. Written and Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Rated [b]PG-13[/b] (for sexuality/nudity, brief language and thematic elements). Running time approximatelyy 1 hour 39 minutes. [center][img][/img][/center] [center][i]What is real if nothing's real?[/i][/center] Steven Soderbergh is a big-time favorite of mine. I think he's a wonderful director. I was quite skeptical of [i]Solaris[/i], having read many mixed reviews. Now, having seen it, I have realized once again that no one's opinion matters. What's the point of listening to someone else's warning or praise when you are a completely different head and heart? [i]Solaris[/i] is genius. Eat up. [b]**** (out of ****) A+[/b] [b][i]The Bone Collector[/i][/b] Starring: Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Queen Latifah, Michael Rooker, Luis Guzman, and Leland Orser. Directed by Phillip Noyce. Written by Jeremy Iacone. Rated [b]R[/b] (for strong violent content including grisly images, and for language). Running time approximately 1 hour 58 minutes. [center][img][/img][/center] [center][i]Great cast with little new to do.[/i][/center] Phillip Noyce's [i]The Bone Collector[/i] is a failure because it offers nothing new to the cop-after-killer-because-killer-likes-to-give-cop-clues genre. The performances are universally wonderful and there are some thrills to be had, but in the end, it's the same as any old slasher film. What, you might ask, would I, the lover of schlock, be bpthered by then? Well, the film makes itself out to be something higher than trash, but in the end that's all it really is. [b]** (out of ****) C[/b] [b][i]Back in the USSR[/i][/b] Starring: Frank Whaley, Natalya Negoda, Roman Polanski (!), Andrew Divoff, and Dey Young. Directed by Deran Sarafian. Written by Lindsay Smith. Rated [b]R[/b] (for sexuality, violence and language). Running time approximately 1 hour 27 minutes. [center][img][/img][/center] [center][i]Polanski's in this - that's why the 2...and not a zero.[/i][/center] Roman Polanski is in thgis film, and he's quite good. He should do more pictures. He's in [i]Rush Hour 3[/i], which I will (hopefully) never see. How about more roles like his self-directed portrayal in [i]The Tenant[/i]? Let's do it. [b]* (out of ****) D[/b] [b][i]Human Traffic[/i][/b] Starring: John Simm, Lorraine Pilkington, Shaun Parkes, Danny Dyer, Nicola Reynolds, and Dean Davies. Written and Directed by Justin Kerrigan. Rated [b]R[/b] (for pervasive drug content and language, and for some strong sexuality). Running time approximately 1 hour 24 minutes. [center][img][/img][/center] [center][i]Silly, funny English folk.[/i][/center] Nothing particularly new in this silly farce, but it's lots of fun. [i]Human Traffic[/i] is just like every other drug movie, but it's not completely terrifying. It's fun and quite funny, but it doesn't glorify drug use, which I appreciated. See it for some lite fun. [b]*** (out of ****) B[/b]

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