The Loner; Maya An­gelou: And Still I Rise; Thank You for Your Ser­vice

crime drama, 103 min­utes; in English, Per­sian, and Rus­sian with sub­ti­tles; not rated, 3.5 chiles

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This de­but fea­ture by Daniel Grove tells the story of a child in Iran who grows up to be­come an Ira­nian gang­ster in the seedy Los An­ge­les crime world. The

Loner re­lies on some fa­mil­iar tropes in crime films — no­tably of the “just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in” va­ri­ety — but does so in a way that we haven’t seen be­fore, even with its nods to ’80s neon-drenched noir, a synth sound­track, and gleam­ing night­time Los An­ge­les streets. Two sto­ries un­fold. One, set in the present, fol­lows Behrouz (Reza Sixo Safai), a gang­ster ac­cused of steal­ing from his for­mer boss; the other fol­lows a young Behrouz (Daniel Zol­ghadri), a child soldier in the Ira­nian con­flict with Iraq in the 1980s. Young Behrouz es­capes the vi­o­lence at home to be­gin a new life in Amer­ica but falls in with crim­i­nals, even­tu­ally run­ning afoul of Rus­sian and Per­sian gang­sters as an adult and re­luc­tantly drag­ging his girl­friend and her son into the mix. The ac­tion in­creases as the dou­ble-crosses and bod­ies pile up. A film from Black Light District, the pro­duc­tion team be­hind 2014’s Alone at Night, The Loner shows us a crim­i­nal un­der­world from the hazy, opium-in­duced perspective of an Ira­nian im­mi­grant who doesn’t like what he once was or what he has be­come — but it doesn’t frame its bloody heart in tragedy. It is, at times, a hope­ful story — one that also hap­pens to be a sexy, en­gag­ing ac­tion flick with some ter­rific fight se­quences. — M.A. Vi­o­let Crown, 7:30 p.m. Fri­day, Oct. 21; 5:30 p.m. Sun­day, Oct. 23

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