The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News (Stuart,FL)
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5 black and white photos. Non-Xena.
Xena mention in passing in a discussion of Sam Raimi's A Simple Plan (made #7 in Shipes top ten movies of 1998).
Another year, another year-end compilation of favorite movies to fondly reminisce, argue over and recommend to friends. Forget the Armageddons - if you haven't already - the following films possessed an earnest desire to break from tradition and share stories, ideas and visions that enrich our world view. Their total box-office grosses probably wouldn't equal one Deep Impact, but their influence and quality endure. [snip] 7. A Simple Plan Money changes everything. Director Sam Raimi leaves the whizz-bang pyrotechnics of his past successes (Evil Dead II, Darkman, Xena) behind for this pensive winter parable about greed, betrayal and corruption. Two brothers and their drinking buddy come across a wrecked fuselage in the snow-laden forest of their Midwestern town. Upon finding more than $ 4 million inside the plane, their lives will be forever changed. Sibling rivalries surface, loyalties between friends become strained and a "simple plan" of keeping the money escalates beyond their wildest dreams. With the white-on-white surrealism of Fargo and the classic moral pull of Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Raimi never makes an unnecessary step in his methodical storytelling. A remarkable cast including Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Brent Briscoe and Bridget Fonda never resort to cliches and the taut script allows the characters onscreen to behave just as the audience viewer would in the same situation, until ... well, you'll just have to see for yourself. [snip]
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