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'You Kill Me'

  • Director: John Dahl
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Running Time: 92 minutes

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Ben Kingsley plays a hit-man in recovery in You Kill Me. Terry Wowchuck/IFC Films hide caption

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Ben Kingsley plays a hit-man in recovery in You Kill Me.

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Ben Kingsley plays a hit-man who tells his Alcoholics Anonymous group — taking the "anonymous" part a bit more literally than is probably wise — that he needs their help or he'll never work again. In other words, if he can't stay sober, he'll never be able to go back to murder-for-hire.

The group's nonjudgmental approach more or less mandates that they support his struggle, and of such moral gray areas, John Dahl's offbeat comedy makes much laughter. The picture is part thriller, part romance (Kingsley meets Tea Leoni in a funeral home, over the body of a relative), part black comedy, and all hilariously deadpan. (Recommended)

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