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Q: What's Guy Ritchie doing next? I loved "The Gentlemen" and am glad he's gone back to proper action movies again.

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

If you saw Guy Ritchie's latest movie, 2019's "The Gentlemen," as a return to form, then you'll be happy with what I'm about to tell you.

Ritchie is following up his comic caper film "The Gentlemen" with another crime flick, "Cash Truck," due out next year. Indeed, this is extra-great news for old school Ritchie fans, as it reunites him with his early-era muse, Jason Statham.

Ritchie came to prominence as a lowbrow film auteur, directing and writing "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" (1998) and "Snatch" (2000). Those two twisty, comic caper movies both featured Statham and turned him and Ritchie both into huge Hollywood names.

Unfortunately, Ritchie seems to get bored with the crime genre every so often. He followed "Snatch" with the dismal 2002 romcom "Swept Away" (starring his erstwhile wife, Madonna), then seemed to apologize to his fans with a couple more crime films (2005's "Revolver" and 2008's "RocknRolla").

Having won their sympathy back, he got adventurous again, with mixed results. The "Sherlock Holmes" movies (2009 and 2011) starring Robert Downey Jr. were critical and commercial hits, but he followed them up with "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (2015) and "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" (2017), weird pseudo-historical flops that played fast and loose with some very popular source material.

Then came his weirdest choice yet, the 2019 live-action adaptation of "Aladdin." Critics didn't love it, but it made more than $1 billion, so he probably didn't care much.

Fortunately for fans, he seems to have gotten all that experimentation out of his system for now.

 

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