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IN DIVORCING JACK (left), the casual infidelity of an alcoholic Northern Irish journalist (David Thewlis) sets in motion a blackmail plot implicating politicians, terrorists and a gun-toting nun-o-gram. Colin Bateman has adapted his own novel for the screen with mixed results. While the blend of comedy, political commentary and harsh violence is highly successful, the convoluted plotting tends to squeeze the life out of the film. A brief PS: get there early for the accompanying short film, Desserts, starring Ewan McGregor and an eclair. It's naughty, and not in the least bit nice.

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First the bad news about Mercury Rising. It concerns an embittered FBI agent (Bruce Willis) assigned to protect a nine-year-old autistic boy (the remarkable Miko Hughes) from the government assassins who are enraged that he has cracked their security code. Now the good news. The film is strictly a No Bonding Zone.

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