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7.5/10 This film got a 32% on Rotten Tomatoes, lost Warner Brothers $75 million and didn’t stay in theaters long but for the life of me I don’t understand why. Is this film perfect? Of course not. We have seen gangster pictures like this before and done better (half being Martin Scorsese films) and it follows a familiar beat with other crime movies that are similar to it so it won’t gain any points for originality. That lack or originality and familiarity doesn’t make it stand out or be super memorable however, there is a lot to like about this film and I stand by the fact that you should see it. It has a very strong cast who all give top notch performances, the production value is Oscar worthy, in particular the costume and production design of recreating its period setting and look. The run time moves along at a steady rate so the pacing is solid and you don’t get bored. They develop the characters fairly well for the most part. So besides there being better films in this particular genre, I honestly don’t get all the critical hate that this film got. It may not be a must see in theaters, but if you are looking for a rental for something you haven’t seen before, I would definitely recommend this high quality film.

#UnorganizedCrime / #YouAndThePoliceCaptainCanMakeItHappen / #DistillMyBeatingHeart / #ChangingGrains / #ForcesOfLegislature / #BoondocksCatcher

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