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      Live by Night

      2016, Crime/Drama, 2h 9m

      239 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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      Live by Night boasts visual style and an impressive cast, but they're lost in a would-be crime saga that finds producer, director, and star Ben Affleck revisiting familiar themes to diminishing effect. Read critic reviews

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      It's the Roaring `20s and Prohibition hasn't stopped the flow of booze in an underground network of gangster-run speakeasies. The opportunity to gain power and money is there for any man with enough ambition and nerve, and Joe Coughlin, the son of the Boston Police superintendent, long ago turned his back on his strict upbringing for the spoils of being an outlaw. But even among criminals there are rules, and Joe breaks a big one: crossing a powerful mob boss by stealing his money and his moll.

      • Rating: R (Some Sexuality/Nudity|Language Throughout|Strong Violence)

      • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery & thriller

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Ben Affleck

      • Producer: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Todd

      • Writer: Ben Affleck

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $10.4M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

      • Production Co: Appian Way, Pearl Street Films

      • Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)

      Cast & Crew

      Ben Affleck
      Chris Messina
      Elle Fanning
      Matt Maher
      Brendan Gleeson
      Chris Cooper
      Remo Girone
      Miguel
      Ben Affleck
      Chris Brigham
      Dennis Lehane
      Chay Carter
      Robert Richardson
      Jess Gonchor
      Bradley Rubin
      Nancy Haigh
      Jacqueline West

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      • Jun 26, 2018

        Though it doesn't exactly die on-screen, Ben Affleck's stylish but stale latest presents a Gangsta's Paradise that recycles characters and situations seen time and time again in better 1930s-set mob classics. In this R-rated crime thriller, a group of Boston-bred gangsters (Affleck, Chris Messina, et al) set up shop in balmy Florida during the Prohibition era, facing off against the competition and the Ku Klux Klan. After turning out back-to-back hit A-Grade dramas The Town and Argo, writer-director Affleck had his pick of H'Wood projects, including taking a go at Justice League. Instead of teaming Batman up with other DC heroes, he chooses a different Dark Night, one exuding flourish but ultimately mired in clichés. He should have stuck with the Caped Crusader--not just because Live By Night lacks a unique oomph, but because his singular talents could have definitely improved upon Zach Snyder's less-than-stellar Justice League. Teaming up again with South Boston-born novelist Dennis Lehane (their first collaboration, the excellent kidnapping puzzler Gone Baby Gone, marked the auspicious start of a truly gifted filmmaker), Boston-bred Affleck sees an ambitious chance to leave a mark on the gangster genre, award-winning bestselling book in-hand. What results, however fresh the source material, somehow feels like a long slow walk in Alligator shoes. Punctuated by moments of visual spark (the climactic set piece, a bloody affair set entirely inside an oceanfront Miami hotel, is an exciting symphony even though you already know it note-for-note) and inspired casting, the adaptation hardboils down Lehane's more complicated story into something more pedestrian and bland. Affleck leads a capable cast that stands and delivers, among them Messina, Chris Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller, Scott Eastwood, and Brendan Gleeson, with Elle Fanning being the standout. They all seem to be having a great time playing Gatsby with Guns (having a slightly better time than the audience, at least), but no one here is walking away with an award. More boorish than noirish, their playing field is an all-too-familiar turf that looks grand (cinematographer Robert Richardson deserves special mention) but is ultimately more of a trope-ical than tropical paradise. To Sum It All Up: Bored-Walk Empire

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      • Apr 21, 2017

        Other than the costumes, this flick's a nightmare.

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      • Feb 25, 2017

        LOL!!! I love hate-watching some Ben Affleck!

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