4 stars (R)
One of my favorite movies of 2008 so far. Colin Farrell and Brendan Glesson are excellent in Martin McDonagh's tale of two hit men instructed to go to the picturesque Belgium city of Bruges and bide their time among the tourists until they receive further instructions. McDonagh deftly mixes humor and dark drama for most of the film. The characters are three dimensional; the men are interesting and engaging, despite their profession, and the casual bigotry that pops up throughout the film makes them seem more believable. These guys aren't typical too-cool-for-school movie criminals and their chatter underscores the fact. Farrell also gets the best line in the movie, which I won't repeat here, but involves an anti-American outburst in a restaurant. 113 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes deleted scenes, a gag reel and a featurette.