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Film Review - Little Dixie


Frank Grillo typically plays tough guys, and he especially likes playing them for writer/director John Swab. “Little Dixie” is their latest collaboration, following the recent “Body Brokers” and “Ida Red,” with Grillo returning to duty as a man driven to collect his daughter from a Mexican cartel kidnapper, with the ransom an especially gruesome demand. “Little Dixie” is deeply violent material from Swab, who’s after a gritty revenge thriller with a more complicated sense of position for the characters, who aren’t simply black and white figures, but stuck in something more dangerous for all. Swab provides some blunt brutality in the endeavor, which takes the shape of a western at times, playing to Grillo’s strengths as a screen brutalizer, but the rest of the picture isn’t as convincing, with Swab handling iffy supporting performances and dramatic asides that tend to distract from the core conflict. Read the rest at


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