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Three stars (R)

Mark Wahlberg, Michael Pena, Danny Glover, Kate Mara

Wahlberg plays Bob Lee Swagger (what a great movie name), an ex-military sniper who gets drawn back into service, only to learn he has been set up. The story is preposterous and full of holes (ahem), but Wahlberg makes an effective action hero, the bad guys are suitably smug and there are plenty of fights and explosions. Fun on a no-think level. 124 minutes.

DVD INFO: Two separately packaged DVDs are available. One preserves the film in the anamorphic widescreen format, while the other hacks off nearly a third of the picture for the fullscreen (aka pan and scan) format. Shop carefully. Both editions include a commentary track, a featurette and seven deleted scenes.

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