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I imagine someone took a Western short story, adapted it for the 1970s as a one-act play called “Shootout at the IRA Corral,” and mailed it to Martin Scorsese with a note saying, “Betcha can’t make a movie like Tarantino!” That’s how I imagine Scorsese ended up executive producing “Free Fire,” which made the 2016 international festival circuit and then bombed at the 2017 U.S. box office. I don’t care. It’s funny. It’s got Irish guys, a cute girl, a bunch of Buscemi-like weasels running around and a dude that looks like he just stepped off the set of “Argo.”

A movie about a robot. Named “Chappie” (2015). Gotta be a kids’ movie, right? Umm, no. Not unless I missed the fairy tale about the dude who gets cut in half and thrown into a brick wall by a robot named Moose. Anyway, this is basically a gory action movie with a kids’ movie title and a subplot that attempts to deal with how we define humanity and consciousness and how we reconcile that with artificial intelligence. In other words, it’s plaid pants and a striped shirt – you gotta be something special to pull that off. And “Chappie” is not.