After parting ways with the 007 franchise, Pierce Brosnan continues to outsource James Bond in a modish manner that should make Daniel Craig’s blue eyes green with envy. The November Man follows Tailor of Panama and The Matador with this rip-snorting tale of a high level CIA official who drops a building on innocent civilians only to blame rebel terrorists, thus providing Russia with an excuse to attack Chechnya, and split the oil pie with their thirsty American brethren. One willfully pandering touch: instead of outwiling her nemesis with brains and cunning, Olga Kurylenko picks up a little number at Tramps ‘R Us and slips past the guards. Brosnan reteams with Roger Donaldson (Dante’s Peak) and the atypical attention and logic paid by the director to background characters is the prize inside every one of the film’s crackerjack chase scenes. (2014) — Scott Marks
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