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Kingsman: The Secret Service

Rated R 129 minutes 2015

Director Matthew Vaughn delivers another comic book adaptation in the vein of his 2010 hit Kick-Ass, full of bright surface pleasures and mean-spirited violence. A working-class thug in his early 20s discovers that his late father belonged to a secret crime-fighting organization; recruited by one of the old man's colleagues (Colin Firth), he joins a mission to stop a crazy software entrepreneur (a lisping Samuel L. Jackson) from killing most of the world's population. The filmmakers clearly sympathize with the villain as much as the heroes, encouraging us to delight in the murder and mutilation of Arabs, British proles, American religious fundamentalists, and a number of world leaders. Like a good comic book artist, Vaughn packs the frames with eye-popping detail, and there's an infectious creative energy to his violent action sequences, but the film's hatefulness is hard to stomach. With Michael Caine.

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Director: Matthew Vaughn

Producer: Matthew Vaughn, David Reid, Adam Bohling, Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons, Stephen Marks, Claudia Vaughn and Pierre La Grange

Cast: Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton, Samuel Jackson, Mark Strong, Sofia Boutella, Sophie Cookson, Jack Davenport and Mark Hamill


Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service

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