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Above: With an impressive directorial record at stake, it's possible Ben Affleck bit off more than he could chew for his fourth feature.

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Above: Saldana and Affleck in a scene from the crime drama.

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Miller arriving at the European premiere of Live by Night at the British Film Institute in London on Jan 11.

A soulless flick that sputters when it should soar

Ben Affleck's Prohibition-era gangster movie Live By Night has plenty of window-dressing but no real pay-off.
Jan 27, 2017 5:50 AM

LIVE by Night, a Prohibition-era gangster movie, is populated by well-dressed criminals, assorted lowlifes, corrupt cops and a conflicted anti-hero who's both a murderer and nice guy. For long periods the narrative moves along briskly, as might be expected of a film filled with tough talk,

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