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Patrick L (fr) wrote: "It's a well-crafted and stylish period crime thriller but how can writer, director, producer and star Ben Affleck take two things I love dearly (crime movies and Dennis Lehane) and turn "Live By Night" into a disappointing cigar?"DVD Movie Review: Live By NightDate Viewed: March 28 2017Directed By Ben Affleck (Gone Baby Gone, Argo and The Town)Screenplay By Ben Affleck, Based on the novel by Dennis LehaneStarring: Ben Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning, Chris Messina, Brendan Gleeson, Sienna Miller, Robert Glenister, Remo Girone, Max Casella, Gianfranco Terrin, Anthony Michael Hall, Chris Sullivan, Clark Gregg, Derek Mears, Miguel and Chris Cooper.Nearly a decade after he made his directing debut with Dennis Lehane's adaptation of "Gone Baby Gone", writer, director and actor Ben Affleck reunites with the "Mystic River" author again for "Live By Night". It's a well-crafted and stylish period crime thriller but what's missing here is a real story and character investment. Obviously Affleck wanted his movie to be a faithful adaptation of Lehane's 2012 novel but he could've done more instead of just being faithful to it's original source material."Live By Night" went through a series of rough cuts before it was completed leaving Scott Eastwood who plays the brother of Affleck's character out of the final cut. Eastwood's character gets mentioned here and there but we never do see him in the movie which makes it problem because his character played a crucial role in the story. After he directed his way to critical success and Oscar acclaim with "Argo", Affleck has had bigger success now as an actor than he did during his "Bennifer" days. He starred in "Gone Girl" which was great, "Batman v Superman" which was terrible and "The Accountant" which was an okay B-thriller. Now with his fourth feature as a director, Affleck gets the period details right and the production design and the costumes are nice to look at but both of these aspects are not enough to compensate for the movie's constant gunplay and shootouts and an over-the-top climax which features three different endings. "Live By Night" first takes place in Affleck's native home of Boston where he plays Joe Coughlin, a WWI veteran who's also a two-bit criminal. He doesn't want to play any role in the gangster establishment and he does personal crime or hit jobs his own way. Coughlin is very well protected thanks to his father, Thomas Coughlin (Brendan Gleeson) who just happens to be the captain of the Boston Police Department.Coughlin strikes up a relationship with a mistress named Emma Gould (Sienna Miller) who's the girlfriend of an Irish crime boss named Albert White (Robert Glenister). When Coughlin's love affair with Emma gets discovered, Coughlin's business associate and Italian kingpin, Maso Pescatore (Remo Girone) orders him to kill White but he refuses and he and Emma decide to flee to California. After taking part in a bank heist which leads to the deaths of three police officers, Coughlin and Emma plan their way to California but she betrays him and lures him into a trap. Albert White planned on killing Coughlin in the streets but they flee and leave Coughlin behind when the police led by Chief Thomas Coughlin show up.For his part in the robbery, Coughlin is given a three year jail sentence while his father passes away just two weeks before his prison release. With Emma gone from his life, Coughlin chooses to move on as he and his old gangster friend, Dion Bartolo (Chris Messina) establish their services for Maso Pescatore (Remo Girone) in Ybor City, Florida by running his rum empire which is currently under siege by White.Coughlin and Bartolo are also given orders to bring gambling and drugs to Tampa and Coughlin falls in love with a Cuban named Graciela Corrales (Zoe Saldana). Their relationship causes a riff between Coughlin and the KKK as they attack Coughlin by throwing bombs into his clubs and killing some his men.Coughlin also befriends the local sheriff, Irving Figgis (Chris Cooper) but to insure his trust and cooperation, he blackmails him by showing damaging information about his daughter, Loretta (Elle Fanning) who traveled to Hollywood to become an actress but instead she became a heroin-addict and was lured into prostitution. There are a few fine supporting turns from Fanning, Saldana and Cooper but the screenplay by Affleck is overstuffed with double-crosses, bloody violence and moody gangster dialogue. As for Affleck on screen, he does the best he can but that's enough to save this movie. Again, the movie has great-looking costumes and a terrific production design but how can writer, director, producer and star Ben Affleck take two things I love dearly (crime movies and Dennis Lehane) and turn "Live By Night" into a disappointing cigar?
Amy A (es) wrote: different story line, lacked chemistry in the father and daughter relationship
Matt H (ru) wrote: "Children Of The Corn: Genesis": I'm a fan of the first Children of the Corn film from 1984, and this movie just made me want to watch it again because it is way better. Thankfully there is a scene where instead of a voodoo doll, a kid uses kind of like a voodoo car carrier?! The children of the corn are barely in it.
Cindi L (us) wrote: A story about two brothers, one with Asperger's syndrome. The relationship has its difficulties and the Asperger's definitely causes some problems, but the affection they have for each other is palpable. The young woman who comes in to their lives is both quirky and down to earth, and her interactions with "simple" Simon are heartwarming (in the best non-schmaltzy way). Great performances from all three of the leads, and a script that avoids the trite. Very much recommended.
Randy T (au) wrote: "I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom." --Bob Dylan
Kim S (kr) wrote: Well done! Sad in places, but the truth usually is.
Michelle M (it) wrote: havent sceen it but lookes boaring zzzzzz
Jake R (de) wrote: R.I.P. Brittany Murphy (Directed by Steve Wang - smirk)
kevin g (ca) wrote: One the funniest movies ever made. The airport scene is legendary. The film is Mr. Bean's greatest performance.
David W (au) wrote: EVERY CAMPING TRIP Ever
Andrew S (gb) wrote: I LOVED this as a kid. I suspect it wouldn't stand the test of time.
Davidson J (ru) wrote: Easily one of my favorite movies! Raquel Welch is incredibly good looking and this movie showcases her nicely. Yes the bad guys act like fools! Christopher Lee as Bailey, the gunmaker is excellent, Robert Culp at his best. Too bad they don't ride off in the sunset!