The Long Kiss Goodnight Because he's done so much to reinvigorate cinema, Steven Soderbergh is one of those filmmakers who sometimes seem to get a free pass from critics.… The Long Kiss Goodnight Because he's done so much to reinvigorate cinema, Steven Soderbergh is one of those filmmakers who sometimes seem to get a free pass from critics.…
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The Long Kiss Goodnight

FEROCIOUS FUN Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson in The Long Kiss Goodnight
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FEROCIOUS FUN Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson in The Long Kiss Goodnight
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Movie Rated: R; Genres: Action/Adventure, Mystery and Thriller; With: Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson; Distributor: New Line Cinema

Because he's done so much to reinvigorate cinema, Steven Soderbergh is one of those filmmakers who sometimes seem to get a free pass from critics. When his female-driven action dud Haywire (2012, R, 1 hr., 33 mins.) hit theaters in January, it wasn't slammed for being a lousy movie, it was forgiven as Soderbergh's ''experiment in genre filmmaking'' (which is an awfully highfalutin way to avoid saying that the experiment failed). Either way, Hollywood's been a little lax lately in cranking out kick-ass heroines like Sigourney Weaver in Aliens and Geena Davis in one of my personal faves, The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996, R, 1 hr., 54 mins.). Directed by Davis' then hubby, Renny Harlin, this bat-crap insane explosionfest couldn't be more ridiculous. But it's also fun as hell, thanks to Shane Black's (Lethal Weapon) cartoonishly quippy script, which packs more tough-guy one-liners than a dozen Schwarzenegger flicks. Davis plays Samantha Caine, a square suburban schoolteacher who snaps out of an eight-year bout of amnesia to discover that she used to be a ruthlessly sexy CIA assassin. As the agency sics its most sadistic hitmen on her, she hits the road with Samuel L. Jackson's chain-smoking private detective until she can remember why they want her dead. I know, I know, you've seen this movie before (probably with the name Bourne in the title, too). But trust me, no one dishes out the pain like Davis' Samantha Caine. The Long Kiss Goodnight: B+

Originally posted Apr 25, 2012 Published in issue #1205 May 04, 2012 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Sep 1 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$22.2 5 $280.5 A-
2. $15.7 4 $166.4 C+
3.
If I Stay
Warner Bros.
$11.6 2 $32.2 C-
4. $10.5 3 $59.7 F
5.
As Above, So Below
Universal
$10.3 1 $10.3 C
6.
The November Man
Relativity
$10.2 1 $11.9 C
7. $8.0 2 $18.7 NA
8.
The Giver
Weinstein Co.
$6.9 3 $33.1 C-
9.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Walt Disney Pictures
$6.3 4 $41.1 B
10.
The Expendables 3
Lionsgate
$4.5 3 $34.2 B
* in millions