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Story | Aug 29, 2014 | 2:41 PMLOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The bloodshed may be in line with the grim dictates of contemporary Italian crime cinema, but . Michele Alhaique's medium-boiled Mafia thriller goes efficiently through the genre motions, and is boosted by co-producer Pierfrancesco Favino's soulful lead performance as a mob heavy attempting to shake his demons for the love of (what else?) a golden-hearted hooker. But the familiarity of the premise and the predictability of the execution prevent sustained emotional engagement in this polished exercise, even as it cranks up the star-crossed contrivances toward a would-be weepy finale. Pic's brooding noir stylings may attract limited distributor interest at Venice and Toronto, but it's not punchy enough for major crossover success.
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LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - An actor prepares to face the final curtain of his career in "The Humbling," director Barry Levinson's free-form adaptation of Philip Roth's penultimate novel, about a star of stage and screen beginning to lose the tricks of...
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