Cinema: Cocktail With Rum and Cyanide

MIAMI BLUES Directed and Written by George Armitage

This is an "only" movie. It does nothing important, like contributing to racial harmony or revealing decade-old Soviet naval secrets. It declines to offer the machine-tooled warmth of your standard screen romance. It won't even keep the kids occupied on a Saturday afternoon. Miami Blues, a pint-size character comedy with a body count, is only a terrific picture.

Three characters, all certified originals. The first, Frederick J. Frenger Jr. (Alec Baldwin), is also certifiable. "A blithe psychopath," in the words of Charles Willeford's spiffy source novel, Junior is fresh out of a California...

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