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Mediocre action flicks are like a salad bar. They all have that big bowl of iceberg (guns), but after that, it’s interchangeable fixins. In “Agent Game” (2022), the filmmakers added olives (black sites), tomatoes (expendable operators), shredded cheddar (CIA conspiracies), pickled beets (Mel Gibson) and of course, ranch dressing (double-crosses). Plot twists are croutons. Normally, it would be a semi-interesting way to waste 90 minutes when there’s nothing else on TV, or fine Saturday-nap-inducing fare. Except for the insult. (Spoiler Alert!) The film concludes like a feature-length pilot for a 1990s TV series. Seriously? I was watching a commercial? C’mon!

It might be cliche for me to compare “Last Looks” (2022) to “Get Shorty” or “Jackie Brown.” Or it might have been cliche for executive producer and star Charlie Hunnam to make a movie like those two from his childhood. Or it might have been cliche for Howard Michael Gould’s novel, upon which the film is based, to evoke Elmore Leonard. Regardless, it works as an above-average, inside-Hollywood whodunit, thanks to Hunnam’s low-key detective and a scenery-devouring display from thespian and murder suspect Mel Gibson (who’s still got it as an actor, despite having a screw loose in real life).

I don’t know enough about schizophrenia to know whether “Fear of Rain” (2021) is portraying or exploiting the condition, but as a film, it’s quite compelling. It follows a path laid out by “Conspiracy Theory,” the 1997 gem with Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts that illustrated the idea, “just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.” This time we’re in Young Adult Dramaville as a high school girl struggles to filter reality through multiple demons: teen angst and a crowd of voices inside her head. Someone’s in danger, but can she – and we – figure out who?