Can great performances save a movie? In lesser hands, the dialogue in Ridley Scott’s The Counselor would have been painful. Imagine the film’s writer, Cormac McCarthy, channeling Paulo Coelho. Every line a t-shirt slogan. Michael Fassbender is masterful as the counselor, wending his way through the dark world of drug trafficking. Can anybody around today do crazy better than Javier Bardem? Cameron Diaz is at her uninhibited best as she reveals her leopard’s spots. I could write more but I have calls to make and I might have time for a short nap.