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THE TAILOR OF PANAMA Pierce Brosnan wickedly sullies his 007 image as a sleazy, womanizing intelligence agent who enlists a fraudulent tailor (Geoffrey Rush) to spy on Panama's ruling elites. The adaptation of John LeCarre's novel weaves a complicated pattern of broad satire, serious political commentary and knotty character study, but director John Boorman loses his grip on the different threads, offering a weak, unconvincing ending that undercuts the film's otherwise provocative originality. -- CH

WHAT'S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN? 1/2 (PG-13) This loose adaptation by Matthew Chapman, of Donald E. Westlake's novel finds both Martin Lawrence and Danny DeVito doing their patented schtick -- yet both doing it well. Lawrence stars as Kevin Caffey, a thief whose new girlfriend (Carmen Ejogo) presents him with a good-luck ring; DeVito plays Max Fairbanks, a slimy billionaire who strips Kevin of the ring after Kevin breaks into his house and gets nabbed by the cops. The rest of the picture deals almost exclusively with Kevin's efforts to retrieve the ring (in the process ruining Max's life), and screenwriter Matthew Chapman frequently finds clever ways to build on this one-note notion. -- MB

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