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September 26, 2003

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The time has come.
Robert Rodriguez returns with the mythic guitar-slinging hero, El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas), in the final installment of the Mariachi/Desperado trilogy. The film is based on the story of a drug lord Barrillo, who pretends to overthrow the Mexican president. Within the drama, another of the principal persons is a corrupt CIA agent Sands who at that time, demands retribution from his worst enemy in order to carry out the drug lord's uprising against the government. Mariachi is recruited by Sands to take out Gen. Marquez (has a huge score to settle with the Mariachi), who has major beef with Mariachi to begin with. He sends Cucuy (the muscle for Sands) to shadow and keep tabs on the Mariachi. Marquez is working with Barrillo, and is about to assassinate El Presidente and assume power. Sands also convinces Jorge Ramirez (retired-FBI, has old scores to settle with Barrillo) to come out of retirement and take out Barrillo and Dr. Guevera (personal Dr. to Barrillo, killed Jorge's partner a long time ago), who brutally tortured and killed Ramirez' FBI partner.

Genre: Crime/ Action/Drama
Director: Robert
Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, Ruben Blades (and more)


Lie cheat steal rinse repeat.

In the bizarrely wonderful MATCHSTICK MEN, directed by Ridley Scott (GLADIATOR), Roy (Nicolas Cage) gets to take his daughter to his own special Take Your Daughters To Work Day. After teaching her some of his artistic skills, he feels the need, however, to have her return the money she earns. Not some stuffy old paint-and-brush artist, Roy is a con artist. He is not a criminal, he points out to her, since he only gets money from people who give it to him. He never takes it from them. It's a distinction that law enforcement officers probably wouldn't adequately appreciate. Phobia-addled con artist Roy is aided by his protégé Frank (Rockwell).

Genre: Comedy/Drama/Crime
Director: Ridley Scott
Distributor: Warner Brothers

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman, Bruce McGill, Bruce Altman (and more)


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