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Every film I watch that’s set in the 1980s feels like a TV movie. Maybe the ’80s never happened. Maybe I just watched it on TV. Josh Duhamel reeks of TV movie – in a good way – making him perfect for the maddeningly cocky, charismatic namesake of “Bandit” (2022). Based on an actual series of 1980s bank heists in Canada, the plot construction is as simple as the robberies are elaborate, making it small yet fun. Mel Gibson plays a loan shark with rock-hard fists – and even he’s Canada nice. Elisha Cuthbert is a composite character of every 1980s sitcom girlfriend.

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).