The pitch probably sounded fabulous:
The true story of Richard Kuklinski (the excellent Michael Shannon), an
unflappable, seemingly conscience-free mob hitman who logged more than 100 kills
from the sixties to the eighties, while he was also a loving husband and father
of two girls. (Winona Ryder, in fine form, plays his wife.) Unfortunately, the
film doesn’t offer much illumination or insight to link Kuklinski’s two sides.
Ray Liotta is on hand to do what he does best: scare strong men with verve. But
the revelation here is Chris Evans (The Avengers), who plays a fellow
killer in an ice-cream truck. Something about his seventies hair and wardrobe
must have freed him up, because he shows more swagger in his few scenes than he
ever did as a superhero.
Sept. 10, 10 p.m., Princess of Wales; Sept. 11, 12 p.m., Ryerson
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