Cinema: Down and Out

HARD TIMES

Directed by WALTER HILL

Screenplay by WALTER HILL, BRYAN GINDORFF and BRUCE HENSTELL

Surprise: a good Charles Bronson movie. Hard Times is unassuming, tough and spare, a tidy little parable about strength and honor. Against current Hollywood competition, which lately seems underthought and overextended, Hard Times is especially welcome.

Perhaps Bronson vehicle and quality are no longer a contradiction in terms. This summer's Breakout, a diverting prisonbreak yarn, showed the usually saturnine star cracking jokes, playing big, generally and infectiously enjoying himself. In Hard Times, Bronson's role is closer to his customary...

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