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Anson Mount the actor is not related to Rick Mount the basketball legend, but Anson gets to play in a hitman version of March Madness in “The Virtuoso” (2021). He’s struggling with a bad outcome from a recent job and a client thinks a little competition (and Abbie Cornish) will make him feel better. Mount has a great voice, almost too good. Sometimes he sounds like an automated attendant. This complicates his role as the film’s main narrator, since I almost felt like I was watching a hitman documentary. Or maybe a commercial for an upscale product preferred by hitmen.

The thing about spy movies is that the willing suspension of disbelief is often abused (She’s a double-agent! No, wait! A triple-agent! In a double cross! No, wait! A triple cross!). The thing about movies based on a comic book is that they’re more worried about setting up a franchise than telling a cohesive story. The confluence of these two dilemmas is “Atomic Blonde” (2017), a delicious piece of eye candy that turns out to be empty cinematic calories. Not that it isn’t interesting. It’s like a Charlize Theron action-hero highlight reel. But it’s not a real movie. Too bad.