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American, The

Director:  Anton Corbijn
Year Released:  2010
Rating:  2.0

Stop me if you heard this one before: a world-weary hitman (George Clooney) goes out for One Last Job only to meet his end. Relies far too strongly on Clooney's magnetism to compensate for its threadbare 'story,' though Corbijn's strong visual sense (he directed one of my favorite music videos of all time for Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence") and local color (a small village in Italy) make it both scenic and quaint. Still not sure what Catholic Guilt has to do with any of it, although based on my 12 long years of Catholic "education" I'm pretty sure fooling around with prostitutes is not as grave a sin as murder....

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