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  • Edge of the City

    Edge of the City

    ★★★½

    Takes the broad strokes of what could be a noir plot and turns in into a docu-drama slice of life story about a white drifter and a Black family man who become best friends while working in the Manhattan rail yards. The turn toward the dramatic in the final act almost takes away from what until then had been an extremely naturalistic and believable story about an uncommon but still mundane friendship between a white man and a Black man.…

  • House at the End of the Street

    House at the End of the Street

    I bet Jennifer Lawrence regrets this one. Shot just before she blew up in 2011 with the one-two punch of The Hunger Games and X-Men: First Class but shelved until the following year, it's not hard to see why. A dull horror flick with hideous color grading and directorial flourishes that would have already been dated by the time the film was made. Obviously didn't hurt her any considering she won an Oscar less than six months after it was released.

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  • A Vigilante

    A Vigilante

    ★★★½

    Given the pulpy premise and low budget, I was not expecting something this grueling and earnest. A bit formless at the start (it's less than 90 minutes and could probably stand to be even shorter), but by the time it zeros in on it's ultimate aims, it's pretty gripping.

    I feel like Olivia Wilde doesn't get enough credit. Granted, she's mostly in bad stuff, but she always delivers. She's raw here in a way that would probably garner more praise…

  • Kill the Irishman

    Kill the Irishman

    This movie is like if the montages from Goodfellas were an hour and forty minutes long. And set in Cleveland. And terrible.