DOU­BLE JEOP­ARDY (1999) 7TWO, 9.10PM, M, THRILLER

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In the US le­gal sys­tem, ap­par­ently there is a law that dic­tates that no one can be charged for the same crime twice. Us­ing this premise, di­rec­tor Bruce Beres­ford’s solid thriller sees Ash­ley Judd as a pris­oner framed by her smug hus­band (Bruce Green­wood) for his mur­der. Hav­ing dis­cov­ered that he is still alive, she es­capes with ret­ri­bu­tion in mind. Un­known to her, a pa­role of­fi­cer (Tommy Lee Jones) is in hot pur­suit. Judd puts her heart into the role, but Jones re­plays his char­ac­ter from TheFugi­tive with a lot less men­ace. Fast pac­ing and sus­pense­ful set pieces dis­tract from the silly plot, form­ing easy es­capist en­ter­tain­ment. ★★★ arts buffet is cin­ema par ex­cel­lence. Uma Thur­man is a sight to be­hold as the lanky beauty who vows vengeance – af­ter four years in a coma – upon for­mer co­horts the Deadly Viper As­sas­si­na­tion Squad and their boss Bill (David Car­ra­dine) for the mas­sacre of her bri­dal party. Tarantino snow­balls a monumental orgy of limblop­ping vi­o­lence into a piece of art that is sim­ply awein­spir­ing. ★★★★★ in her life. Two suit­ors are com­pet­ing for her af­fec­tion, clue­less wom­an­iser and pro base­ball player Matty (Owen Wil­son), and nice-guy busi­ness­man Ge­orge (Paul Rudd), who has is­sues with the law. Let the love tri­an­gle fun and games be­gin. James L. Brooks ( TheSimp­sons, AsGoodAsItGets) takes writer-di­rec­tor credit for this mid­dle-of-the-road af­fair, which will pass the time, but hardly in­spire. Watch out for screen le­gend Jack Ni­chol­son, who makes a su­per­flu­ous ap­pear­ance as Ge­orge’s ty­coon fa­ther, Charles. ★★ have or­gans on tap for har­vest­ing. Un­der­stand­ably, Anna pe­ti­tions for med­i­cal eman­ci­pa­tion with the help of a brash lawyer (Alec Bald­win). Di­rec­tor Nick Cas­savetes ( TheNote­book) has crafted an­other emo­tion­ally drain­ing drama. ★★★★

Tear­jerker: Cameron Diaz in My Sis­ter’s

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