Safe

(R) ★★★☆☆

Mei (Catherine Chan) has a string of memorized numbers that the Chinese and Russian mafias want. Cage fighter Luke (Jason Statham) won a match the mob needed him to throw. After the mob kills his pregnant wife in retaliation, Luke finds a purpose in Mei: keeping her “safe.” The rest is a flurry of quick-cut beat-downs and crackling one-liners. Writer-director Boaz Yakin does well, and even though it’s nothing new, Statham is about as safe a bet as it gets in B-movie action.

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Yo, Mitt—over here. Acting as your (apolitical) adviser, may I suggest a campaign stop? Our bastion of fulsome wholesomeness: Flamingo’s Donny & Marie show. Why: The M Word. Rightly or wrongly, the Mormonism of Mitt is in play. (Politically indifferent readers, we’re addressing the Mittster, a.k.a. Mr. Romney, presumptive Republican presidential nominee.) Portrayed as so colorless you’d lose a personality contest to a coatrack, you’ve made some voters and pundits uneasy as the enigmatic face of a religion many don’t understand and some fear.

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