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Criminal 3/5

This film is a remake of the 2002 film Nine Queens by Argentinean director Fabian Bielinsky and it is similar to the 2003 Ridley Scott film, Matchstick Men.

John C. Reilly (Chicago, Gangs of New York, The Aviator) plays a conman who chances upon a young conman in a hotel casino. Under the guise of being a police officer, Reilly’s character arrests the young man and offers him a chance to work together. The young man accepts. They spend the day learning trying out new schemes.

The acting is well done by everyone. The story is familiar, so there is no knockout surprise, unless you were totally taken in by the script. You’re on the lookout for a double cross, but just when you think you know what it is, you realize that there’s another twist and turn to the film. Too bad there were less than 20 people in the theatre to see this otherwise entertaining film.

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