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Smokin' Aces

Joe Carnahan (Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane) writes and directs this action thriller about a whole collection of hyper-colorful hitmen who descend on a Reno hotel to bump off a cheesy-magician-turned-Mob-informant (Jeremy Piven). Among the cast are Ryan Reynolds, Ray Liotta, Wayne Newton, Ben Affleck, Andy Garcia, Jason Bateman and Matthew Fox. The violence is over the top and completely gratuitous, but it is kind of satisfying in a mid-'90s "wish I was John Woo" kind of way. 108 minutes R.