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The Ice Harvest


Directed by Harold Ramis, who co-wrote and directed the staggeringly good Groundhog Day, screenplay by Robert Benton, starring Billy Bob, John Cusack, and Oliver Platt … how bad can it be? Not too bad, but not very good, either. It’s not a caper where everything goes wrong; these guys have already stolen $2,000,000 in the first scene. Then things go wrong, of the sort that happen when you’re dealing with low-life scum. The thieves are in over their heads, there are betrayals surprises and some good scenes and good performances … but I couldn’t help comparing it to another movie about the ultra-sleazy side of life, a much better movie also starring John Cusack: The Grifters. See that one and leave this alone.