American Assassin 0.0 stars

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Over the past three years, Michael Keaton has created memorable characters in Birdman, Spotlight, The Founder, and even Spider-Man: Homecoming. So maybe he’s earned the right to bluster and snarl his way through this creaky, clichéd thriller about nuclear-minded terrorists, the secretly soulful killing machines who must hunt them down, and the women who must give love to those killing machines, motherly and otherwise. But that doesn’t mean anyone should feel obligated (or even inclined) to watch. Inspiration does at least show up in the casting, as Dylan O’Brien’s New Recruit replaces Taylor Kitsch’s Former Favorite Gone Bad (at one point, Kitsch even asks, “Where’s the new me?”) even as O’Brien is here set up to replace Kitsch as an action hero (hey, remember Battleship? John Carter?). And in a better movie, Keaton could have made hay out of his unsentimental lone wolf. There’s plenty of talk about American Sins in American Assassin, but none of it changes the fact that the bad guys want to do bad things and must be stopped, so there really isn’t much point to all that chatter. Michael Cuesta directs. 2017.

Matthew Lickona

Showtimes

AMC Mission Valley

1640 Camino del Rio North, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Wednesday, October 18

4:30pm, 7:10pm, 10:00pm

Regal Escondido

350 West Valley Parkway, Escondido, 760-291-0119 | Directions

Wednesday, October 18

3:50pm

Thursday, October 19

3:50pm

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, 760-439-1327 | Directions

Wednesday, October 18

1:40pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm

Thursday, October 19

1:40pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

405 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon, 619-401-3456 | Directions

Wednesday, October 18

11:55am, 4:25pm, 6:55pm

Thursday, October 19

11:55am, 4:25pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

1025 Tierra del Rey, Chula Vista, 619-216-4707 | Directions

Wednesday, October 18

2:10pm, 4:50pm, 7:35pm, 10:15pm

Thursday, October 19

2:10pm, 4:50pm, 7:35pm, 10:15pm

Regal Rancho San Diego

2951 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, 619-660-3483 | Directions

Wednesday, October 18

3:20pm, 6:15pm, 10:00pm

Thursday, October 19

3:20pm, 6:15pm, 10:00pm

Regal San Marcos

1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, 760-471-3734 | Directions

Wednesday, October 18

9:30pm

Thursday, October 19

4:00pm, 9:30pm

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