" Tell me Mr. Falzone, are there people who find you charming?”
“Well they pretend because I try so hard "
— Angelina Jolie & John Cusack, Pushing Tin

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Le Trou

Ingenious, resourceful and bold prisoners try to escape in this French prison-break movie —Marty Mapes (DVD review...)

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After you see Veronica Guerin, see the film about one of the crooks she nailed, The General.

Brendan Gleeson gives a standout performance as a locally-famous, modern Irish gangster. Gleeson plays a none-too-bright leech on society. He is perceived as a Robin Hood, and he does in fact give a little something to the community (because he doesn’t pay taxes), but he’s mostly in it for himself. He and his gang make several daring robberies: a daylight heist of a jewelry store, a bold assault on an art gallery. He seems to choose these jobs because they are challenging and interesting, and not because they will bring him lots of loot. He’s not a charming cat burglar, and he’s not a criminal mastermind. Rather, he’s a blue-collar worker whose profession is crime.

The General is a great character study, but if you rent it, be warned: the accented dialogue is incredibly hard to pick up. I think I literally (yes, Neil and Chris, literally) understood only about half of the words that were spoken. It’s okay to turn on the subtitles or the closed-captioning.