It appears that this "Shooter" movie starring the very talented Mark Wahlberg is going to be worth a look this crowded weekend. With the "Lives of Others" finally showing up and Mike Binder's "Reign Over Me" as well as some important basketball games, I thought "Shooter" would fall off my radar. Manohla Dargis notes, "Muscles bulge and heads explode in “Shooter,” a thoroughly reprehensible, satisfyingly violent entertainment about men and guns and things that go boom (heads, mostly). Did I mention the exploding heads? It is an admittedly primitive pleasure, but I do love watching stuff blow up in movies (heads, not so much). There is something unaccountably gratifying, at times reassuring about watching the screen — the bigger the better — become engulfed by surging waves of liquid orange, in the image of a car exploding into the air like a rocket, in a room, a building, a boat, a truck, you name it, shattering into confetti."
Arkansas Democrat Gazette Style Editor Karen Martin observes, "Shooter has everything a thriller fan could ask for - explosions, car chases, shootouts and daring physical feats, a complicated conspiracy, and a star (Mark Wahlberg) with a perfect balance of thuggishness and charisma." But Martin says the film doesn't live up to much because director Antoine Fuqua doesn't trust his audience.