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We Own the Night


Source: Catholic News Service

Powerful character-driven drama set in 1980s New York about a drug-taking nightclub manager (a splendid Joaquin Phoenix) who changes his dissolute ways when his police-officer brother (Mark Wahlberg) is shot -- and their police-chief father's (Robert Duvall) life threatened -- by the Russian mobsters who control the venue. Writer-director James Gray sustains a taut, tragedy-drenched mood, the action secondary to the human drama; performances are fine, including Eva Mendes as Phoenix's girlfriend; and the narrative has an admirable gravitas, marred from a moral standpoint only by a revenge killing that is out of step with Catholic teaching. Sporadic but strong violence, rough language, some crude expressions and profanity, vigilante killing, some grisly crime images, drug use, sexual encounter and upper female nudity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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