Angie’s Latest: Rat-a-Tat-Tat


“Wanted,” which stars Angelina Jolie and which opens today, is nasty, brutish, and not especially short. It’s an action film that doesn’t make a whole hell of a lot of sense, so I can’t recommend it (unless exploding rats — real exploding rats — is your preferred way of escaping the summer heat for two hours). Nonetheless, it is great fun to see Jolie — with tats containing more text than there is in “War and Peace” — as an assassin. And you have to have sympathy for the main actor, James McAvoy, who tried to break the stereotype of U.K. actors as pasty and ill-defined by working out for his role.

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