Policeman

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Getting off to an excellent start, this cryptic Israeli satire introduces an elite team of supercops, constantly flexing their muscles and slapping each other on the backs and butts. It plays almost as hilariously as Team America: World Police, and as Nadav Lapid's sequences expand into waitress ogling, shirtless dancing and vacant jingoism ("It's the most beautiful country in the world," one officer enthuses before a dry expanse of scrub), you have to wonder how the film was received back home. But the movie's fine edge is dulled after the plot turns to a group of Jewish terrorists who are less cleverly written; these manifesto-spouting villains infiltrate the wedding of a billionaire's daughter, and it all devolves into the kind of earnestness you first suspected was being savaged.—JR

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