Nicolas Cage in 'Leaving Las Vegas'

Nicolas Cage has gotten a lot of flack for his seemingly indiscriminate movie choices, and we can't argue that he's taken part in many unmemorable -- and, yes, downright bad -- films. It's also true, and sometimes overlooked, that he's done amazingly solid work in a variety of worthwhile movies, not all of them in the distant past, i.e., 2009's 'The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans' and last year's 'Kick-Ass.'

He's still one of the funniest, most soulful, and eccentric presences on film ... when given the right vehicle. Unfortunately Hollywood is rife with clunkers and Cage clearly doesn't like to turn down work. (Some cite his numerous, much-publicized real estate acquisitions, among other expensive purchases, as the reason for his, um, productivity.)
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