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Out of Sight 1998 ****

Scott Frank adapts Elmore Leonard’s book for this Steven Soderberg thriller, featuring a typically confident performance from George Clooney and a surprisingly good one from Jennifer Lopez, cast as Karen Sisco, an unlikely US Marshall. She’s on the tail of Jack Foley (Clooney) a bank-robber who breaks out of jail; a scene in which they share a cramped intimacy in the trunk of a car cements their attraction. The tough guy stuff is compellingly handled, with Michael Keaton reprising his Jackie Brown role, but it’s the unusual romantic angle that makes Out Of Sight work; Lopez strikes sparks in a role originally intended for Sandra Bullock.

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