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‘City By The Sea’ is great movie-making

CAPTIVATING FROM BEGINNING TO END

Michael Giovanniello of Burbank is a freelance writer.

I enjoyed this movie more than any film I’ve seen in months. The

story is richly told, acted and filmed. I was swept away from the

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nostalgic opening images to the tense climax. The characters are

three-dimensional, each with his own agenda. The complex plot is

seething with character and emotion.

Compelling and awesome, Robert De Niro proves to be a fine vintage

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getting better by the minute. James Franco’s performance as the

prodigal son is captivating and insinuating a powerful new acting

force.

Insightful directing by Michael Caton-Jones and gritty writing by

Ken Hixon complement this movie-going experience. This film is why I

go to the movies.

“City By The Sea” is rated R for language, drug use and some

violence.

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