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Smart, breezy spy action, with an of-the-moment vibe that takes it post-post-9/11 and into the Wikileaks era of global politics. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first film

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Action movies have become so same-old same-old that it doesn’t take much to make them fun again. Ensuring that the women — yes, plural — are more than just damsels in distress is a good start, and not only do we have kick-ass supersecret agents in Helen Mirren’s (Monsters University) MI6 operative and Catherine Zeta-Jones (Broken City) as a Russian spy, we also get Mary-Louise Parker (Howl), who is just plain bored with retired badass Bruce Willis (A Good Day to Die Hard), because he only wants to be domestic these days. And then black-ops crazypants John Malkovich (Warm Bodies »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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