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“A Most Wanted Man” (2014) is a pretty good spy movie that all of a sudden becomes a really good spy movie – which is exactly how really good spy movies are supposed to happen. It takes place in Germany, and the main characters are Germans, but they’re played by American actors speaking English with German accents (don’t worry – it all works somehow). Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a spy who’s seen it all. Rachel McAdams plays a lawyer who’s in over her head. The city of Hamburg plays a supporting role and reminds us American moviewatchers just how different Europe looks.

Society sorority princess rebels against parents and becomes an artsy chick who meets cute with a hipster doofus and falls in love, only to get amnesia in a car wreck, become a princess again, get divorced, go back to being an artsy chick again, meet cute with doofus again, blah, blah, happily ever after. So much for “The Vow” (2012). To be fair, the movie actually grows on you a little, like a mediocre restaurant you keep going back to because it’s reliably mediocre. Formula plots are formula plots for a reason. Channing Tatum plays the doofus for a reason.