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08-18-2017

The Hitman's Bodyguard

It's August, and that means we're entering the second span of doldrums for movie releases for the year (the first being the beginning of the year). From now until late September, when all of the horror films start rolling in, we get studio leftovers and also-rans. It is, however, a great window of opportunity for a gem to crop up without the bluster of summer blockbusters to blow it away. 

In most years The Hitman's Bodyguard probably wouldn't be that gem, but after a summer of watching action movies that were about as well made as my two-year-old son's macaroni art projects (oh... you put the glue on the table... interesting artistic choice), it is a surprising breath of fresh air to find a competently directed, paced, and acted film. Normally, competence is a low bar, but that's where we're at.

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