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Fantastic Fest: Plan C

Dutch detective Ronald Plasmeyer is not a model law enforcement agent. He has managed to amass a goodly amount of debt thanks to his propensity for losing substantial sums of money at poker. To make matters worse, the Chinese mob, to whom Ronald owes much of his debt, has begun threatening his son and ex-wife. In over his head already, he decides the best way to unburden himself of his debt is to orchestrate a robbery of the illegal casino wherein he tends to dump his cash. Enlisting the services of two local crooks, Ronald wagers that his troubles are about to end. If Plan A was winning at cards, and Plan B was the robbery, it’s safe to say Ronald is now in dire need of a Plan C.

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This Week in Blu-ray

This week provides another interesting round of Blu-ray releases. Just before George Lucas delivers Red Tails, HBO is ready to release the original — and great, if you ask me — Tuskegee Airmen film they produced years ago. But that’s not getting a review this week, as a review copy was not available. Notable as it may be, that original Tuskegee film doesn’t hold a candle to Ryan Gosling’s political career, or Criterion’s take on Steven Soderbergh’s drug trade epic, or even Ed O’Neill duking out with a pretentious kid on the way home for the holidays. It’s an exciting week, despite the fact that we’re clearly caught in the  doldrums of the winter movie season. The Ides of March In its own sneaky way, George Clooney’s high tension political drama stayed under the radar and snuck in late as one of 2011’s best dramas. The Golden Globes took notice, awarding the film four nominations — though it did not take home any awards. The key to the whole thing is Ryan Gosling, in his best performance of a year filled with best performances, as an idealistic campaign staffer who gets caught in some seriously dirty politics. In a world that is most often all talk, it’s his ability to weave a web of words that ultimately leads him through a forest of deception. Clooney delivers as director, assembling one hell of a cast — Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman and himself, to name a few — and keeps the pace with a […]

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JohnHughesDead

The man who brought us everything from The Breakfast Club to Ferris Bueller to Home Alone died today at the age of 59. What’s your favorite Hughes film?

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