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Rated R · 95 minutes · 2011

Comedy, Thriller
If you notice a resemblance between The Guard and the criminally overlooked In Bruges, that would be the genetics. Martin McDonagh, writer-director of 2008’s Oscar-nominated dark Irish-gangster comedy, is the brother of John Michael McDonagh, who wrote and directed The Guard, this dark Irish-cop comedy. Both movies share a wicked sense of humor, an arsenal of f-bombs and the larger-than-life presence of Brendan Gleeson. He plays an oversized rural sheriff (to Americanize it) on the west coast of Ireland. Murder and drug-runners catch the attention of the FBI, embodied by Don Cheadle. It says something about Gleeson’s performance that Cheadle, one of the best in the business, is just an afterthought here. The Guard is one of the sharpest, most-entertaining movies of the year, and Brendan Gleeson simply deserves to be seen.
Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/theguard
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Producer: Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez-Marengo, Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Martin McDonagh, Don Cheadle, Paul Brett, Ralph Kamp, Lenore Zerman, Tim Smith and David Nash
Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Liam Cunningham, David Wilmot, Rory Keenan, Mark Strong, Fionnula Flanagan, Dominique McElligott, Sarah Greene and Katarina Cas

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Style Weekly Good Cop, Rad Cop In "The Guard," you'll find cop you'd want to party with. by Wayne Melton 08/24/2011
NUVO Ed reviews The Guard A quirky mismatched cop story set in Ireland, The Guard is smart, funny and packed with interesting personalities (including Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle). by Ed Johnson-Ott 08/31/2011
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Colorado Springs Independent Bad cop, good flick: The Guard This movie is well-written and funny, but lead actor Brendan Gleeson elevates it above a simple crime comedy. by Anders Wright 09/15/2011
Indy Week A rogue Irish cop in The Guard Despite his proclivities for booze, hookers and the occasional tab of acid, you would want this cop on your side. by Craig D. Lindsey 08/31/2011
East Bay Express The Guard In Bruges? No, in brogue. by Kelly Vance 08/03/2011
Portland Mercury Bad Lieutenant The Guard: an Irish spin on the cop comedy. by Alison Hallett 08/11/2011
The Coast Halifax The Guard full of Irish charm Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle are the odd couple in a dark comedy by Jacob Boon 10/06/2011
Portland Mercury My 14 Favorite Movies of 2011 Why my favorites? Because I work at a newspaper and you don't! by Erik Henriksen 12/29/2011
Boise Weekly The Projector An original shark thriller (not); an embarrassed golfer in Utopia; Don Cheadle as an FBI agent; brothers in battle; and footage of Apollo 18's last mission that we weren't meant to see. It's all at the movies. 09/02/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Drive, The Guard, I Don't Know How She Does It and other film events around town. 09/15/2011

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