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'3 Holes and a Smoking Gun' is awkward mix of pulp and satire

'3 Holes and a Smoking Gun' is awkward mix of pulp and satire

Awkwardly aiming for a tone landing somewhere between vintage pulp fiction and self-reverential satire, the stagy low-budget crime thriller "3 Holes and a Smoking Gun" is constructed around the admittedly alluring premise of a sought-after movie script that spells doom for everyone it touches. When a screenplay purportedly penned by New York film student Jack "JFK" Ariamehr (Zuher Khan) captures the attention of his tightly wound, scheming teacher (James Wilder), it sets off a downward spiral swirling with greed and treacherous deception. But while the script in question, named "Hijacked," has a workable, noir-soaked hook, Scott Fivelson's talky "3...

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