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City of Lies (2018)
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Furman's movie lacks the craft or the confidence to address the unresolved questions of institutional cancer.
City of Lies is more James Ellroy than docudrama, resulting in a tired police thriller that hitched its wagon to an untenable star.
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.
It's interesting from a forensic standpoint... It ties whole things [about the case] together.
Depp and Forest Whitaker go for authenticity in the gritty drama reminiscent of '70s procedurals.
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.
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