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The Guard

Dark, violent, but with a wicked sense of humor, this Irish crime comedy is what Bad Lieutenant might have looked like if Abel Ferrara had cast John Candy instead of Harvey Keitel. Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, In Bruges) stars as a lazy, venal police officer in rural Western Ireland. When a trio of murderous drug smugglers shows up in town, the FBI (led by straight-laced Don Cheadle) tries to enlist the help of local law enforcement. The result is a crafty buddy cop comedy that avoids cliché in favor of some scabrous humor, some fascinating character construction and just enough gunplay to keep things exciting. 96 minutes R.