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'Get Shorty' Is the Purest Distillation of Elmore Leonard

The 1995 Hollywood caper Get Shorty, starring John Travolta, Gene Hackman and Danny DeVito, was billed as Elmore Leonard's revenge on the movie industry, but it has a funny way of showing it.

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Nobel Son

Tricia Olszewski
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Deck the Halls (2006)

How did it happen that such determinedly ugly 'men must learn their holiday lessons' movies are now de rigeur?

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Romancing the Stone/The Jewel of the Nile (1984)

Everything in Jewel of the Nile is predictable, right down to the romantic final scenes at sunset.

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The OH in Ohio (2006)

The main problem with The OH in Ohio is that most of its hijinks seem cribbed from episodes of Sex and the City -- and we're talking Season Two.

Marisa Carroll
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Taxi: The Complete Second Season

And so Louie is suddenly a sensitive guy. It's a typically funny and revealing moment in Taxi's second season.

Nikki Tranter
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Get Shorty (Special Edition) (1995)

Sonnenfeld keeps all of this under two hours by cutting the movie at a dazzling clip. The film moves like Travolta, quickly and with style.

Jesse Hassenger
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Taxi: The Complete First Season

If Alex is the dad, Louie is the drunk uncle who visits without calling first.

Nikki Tranter
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Duplex (2003)

Mrs. Connelly's revenge is strange, but in the current political environment, as seniors are ignored, abused, and repressed, also rather sweet.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Anything Else (2003)

The idea of Woody Allen teaching high school English is a funny idea, and Anything Else leaves it at that: a funny idea.

Jesse Hassenger
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Death to Smoochy (2002)

PULL.

Renie Scolaro Mora
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Heist (2001)

[David Mamet's] language, severe and spare, actually sounds quite human comin

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