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Friday, December 22, 2006

"Smokin' Aces" is a Hot Number

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Is "Smokin' Aces" even on your movie-watching radar? If you liked "Resovoir Dogs" or "Out of Sight," it totally should be. This loony action flick, which opens Jan. 26, stars Jeremy Piven as a mobster/magician with a $1 million contract on his life and a bunch of other folks (Ryan Reynolds, Ben Affleck, Ray Liotta, Alicia Keys, Common, Nestor Carbonell, Jason Bateman) as hitmen and/or FBI agents who are out to kill and/or rescue him. Even Matthew Fox from "Lost" shows up as a security guard.

The exposition takes a little long to explain and the ending is completely redonkulous, but the entire middle of "Smokin' Aces" is a flawless, mindless roller coaster ride to the penthouse of a cheesy Lake Tahoe casino where Piven's washed-up character is holed up. Check out director Joe Carnahan's blog for some cool "Smokin' Aces" posters that were rejected.

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