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Film Review - Small Town Crime


“Small Town Crime” works hard to remain elusive. It’s not a comedy, but there are some big laughs. It’s not a thriller, but chases and shootouts ensue. It’s not a drama, but heaviness remains. It’s a whodunit without emphasis, with writer/directors Eshom and Ian Nelms keeping their cool while they construct a detective tale that’s defined by its idiosyncrasy and guided by a strong lead performance from John Hawkes. “Small Town Crime” doesn’t add up to much, but the journey is better than the destination, with the Nelms offering a mild ride with interesting characters and modest tensions, creating a special space for their cinematic interests. Read the rest at


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