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City of Lies (2018)



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Based on the book, LAByrinth, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Randall Sullivan, this compelling crime-thriller follows the investigation into the infamous murder of iconic rap artist Christopher Wallace aka The Notorious B.I.G. Oscar (R) nominee Johnny Depp stars as determined LAPD detective Russell Poole, who spent nearly 20 years trying to solve the murder, and Oscar (R) and Primetime Emmy (R) winner Forest Whitaker as Jack Jackson, a journalist who teams up with Poole in search of the elusive truth. Together they explore why the case remains cold -- and why a secret division of the LAPD is seemingly set on keeping it that way.

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Critic Reviews for City of Lies

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Furman's movie lacks the craft or the confidence to address the unresolved questions of institutional cancer.

March 30, 2021 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

City of Lies is more James Ellroy than docudrama, resulting in a tired police thriller that hitched its wagon to an untenable star.

March 25, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

As a thriller, it never quite reaches its boiling point, which may be one reason it's been sitting on the shelf since 2018. But as the portrait of a man obsessed and the forces stacked up against him, it earns its stripes.

March 23, 2021 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It's interesting from a forensic standpoint... It ties whole things [about the case] together.

March 22, 2021 | Full Review…

Depp and Forest Whitaker go for authenticity in the gritty drama reminiscent of '70s procedurals.

March 19, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Depp-Whitaker acting duet glues this messy movie together, along with hard-boiled true-crime elements, gritty L.A. backdrops, cherry cars and a propulsive soundtrack that includes Tupac Shakur, N.W.A. and Biggie.

March 19, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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