Sean Penn as Action Star

A.O. Scott:

It’s not a hard and fast rule, but in general when the main character, sometime in the third act, says, “I did some bad things … ” and stares off into the middle distance, the implied end of the sentence is “including this movie.”

I often disagree with Scott, but he is — like most Times writers — witty, smart and often very funny.

This is a dead time for movies — I’ve seen all the Oscar contenders that I’m going to see, and that leaves nothing but a big slew of really bad movies to wade through until baseball season starts and rescues me from the tedium.

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