Review: ‘First They Killed My Father’

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Review: Salt

Angelina Jolie as 'Salt'
Angelina Jolie as 'Salt'

Racing against time, defying gravity, and punching through plot holes, Salt is an immensely satisfying action thriller — as long as you’re not a purist for logic or common sense.

Salt hurtles along at a breathless pace, but not so fast that glaring inconsistencies are not apparent. But I found myself responding like Tommy Lee Jones to Harrison Ford’s protest of innocence in The Fugitive: “I don’t care!”

For Salt lives in the same territory inhabited by James Bond and Jason Bourne, the neo-geographic region known as Land of the Secret Agents, where a license to kill is issued automatically, along with a reckless disregard for truth and a hearty embrace of impossible coincidence. Angelina Jolie invests her role as CIA Agent Evelyn Salt with all necessary gravitas, which is to say she looks terrific beating up bad guys, improvising improbable escapes, and manufacturing bombs like MacGyver’s younger sister.

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