Small Crimes (dir. E.L. Katz, 2017) – Having served his sentence for attempted murder, disgraced former cop Joe Denton seeks redemption but finds himself trapped in the mess he left behind.
A healthy amount of cynicism will ensure an easier wade through this weary dark comedy.
Small Crimes centres on disgraced cop Joe Denton (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who is having a hard time making amends to his estranged family, and a former colleague scarred in the line of duty. But if you think this is a redemption story, you’ve got another think coming.
After all, his chink in the armour runs deep. The corruption-prone ex-con takes no time to dismantle his second chance. Blackmailed by Lt. Pleasant (Gary Cole), he is forced into protecting dirty cops by killing a cancer-stricken mob boss Manny Vassey (Shawn Lawrence). Caving to the pressure of his past, he invites fatal danger back on his trail.
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I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (dir. Macon Blair, 2017) – Enlisting the help of her eccentric neighbour, Ruth Kimke is on a mission to track down the thieves that burglarised her home.
A well-acted and written reflection on humanity woes, Macon Blair’s solid directorial debut regrettably misses potential for stronger emotional impact.
Sometimes, the world seems out to get you. Or at least that is how Ruth Kimke (Melanie Lynskey) feels. Her home just doesn’t feel like home anymore, especially not after it has been broken into. When the burglary falls low on the police’s priorities, the dowdy depressive finds herself sinking deeper into her mental chasm that echoes: The world is an asshole-occupied Hell.
Spurred by a growing existential crisis, Ruth decides to take matters into her own hands. The gentle soul at heart gets help in the form of her shuriken-wielding, metalhead neighbour Tony (Elijah Wood). With a ping on her stolen laptop’s location, things are starting to look up. That is until the pair unwittingly comes to face the worst in humanity.
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