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catch the thieves. As he fol­lows up past cases a pat­tern emerges of three old guys, one a real gent, pulling off slick heists. “It’s a funny story,” be­gins one of­fi­cer. “Noth­ing fun­nier than armed rob­bery,” dead­pans Hunt, thereby draw­ing at­ten­tion to the moral tightrope the film must walk. Bob and his equally vin­tage ac­com­plices (Danny Glover, Tom Waits) might be nice guys af­ter a fash­ion, but they still ter­rorise staff into hand­ing over other peo­ple’s hard-earned money.

Low­ery (Pete’s Dragon, Ain’t Them Bod­ies Saints), work­ing from a story bro­ken by David Grann in the New Yorker, gets away with it through a

SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (15)**

Dir: Boots Ri­ley

With: Lakeith Stan­field, Tessa Thomp­son, Ar­mie Ham­mer Run­time: 112 min­utes

BOOTS Ri­ley’s com­edy is set in a fu­ture Amer­ica where peo­ple work for lodg­ings and are gen­er­ally at the mercy of big cor­po­ra­tions. Cas­sius Green (Lakeith Stan­field) is one such mis­er­able worker bee. Taken on as a cold caller, Cas­sius is a dis­as­ter un­til the day he takes the ad­vice of a col­league and puts on a “white voice”. Now at­tract­ing the at­ten­tion of the man­age­ment, how far can and will he go up the greasy pole? Ri­ley, here mak­ing his fea­ture de­but as a writer-di­rec­tor, has some clever ideas, but as satire Sorry to Bother You is too ob­vi­ous to suc­ceed. Only Stan­field (At­lanta) and Tessa Thomp­son (an­other girl­friend role af­ter Creed II) keep things watch­able.

MUG (15)***

Dir: Mal­go­rzata Szu­mowska

With: Ma­teusz Kosciukiewicz, Ag­nieszka Pod­si­ad­lik, Mal­go­rzata Gorol Run­time: 90 min­utes

A JURY prize win­ner at Ber­lin, this im­pres­sive Pol­ish drama asks to what ex­tent looks maketh the per­son. Ma­teusz Kosciukiewicz plays Jacek, one of hun­dreds of work­ers in­stalling a gi­ant statue of Christ to ri­val the one in Rio. With money in his pocket and a girl­friend, heavy metal-lov­ing Jacek is hav­ing the time of his young life. But af­ter a grue­some ac­ci­dent at work, he un­der­goes a life-chang­ing op­er­a­tion. Trau­matic enough in it­self, but it is how peo­ple treat him af­ter the op that adds to Jacek’s woes. The sub­tly comic Mug is a film of few words, which re­lies heav­ily on Kosciukiewicz for its suc­cess. Job done.

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clever telling of the tale which keeps just enough back while sow­ing the right amount of doubt. His ul­ti­mate, not-so-se­cret weapon in get­ting the au­di­ence on side is Red­ford. Like the old man in Hem­ing­way’s tale, Bob is wrestling so hard with his na­ture that we want him to suc­ceed.

There are sur­prises still to come as Hunt goes af­ter the trio he dubs “The Over the Hill Gang”. In one glo­ri­ous scene the cop and the vil­lain meet, Affleck go­ing head to head with Red­ford as if in some light com­edy ver­sion of De Niro and Pa­cino in Heat.

Affleck is pitch per­fect as the cop who talks a cyn­i­cal game but holds tight to tra­di­tional views of right and wrong. Waits and Glover shine brightly around the tale’s edges, while Spacek is plain won­der­ful as a woman who knows the im­por­tance of do­ing what you love in life, and lov­ing what you do.

For those who have lived through the many ages of Red­ford, which span all the way from the 1960s (Bare­foot in the Park, Butch Cas­sidy and the Sun­dance Kid) to the 1970s (The Can­di­date, The Way We Were, The St­ing, The Great Gatsby, All the Pres­i­dent’s Men) and be­yond (All is Lost), it is hard to think this will be his last act­ing hur­rah. Great to see him go­ing out, once more, with all guns blaz­ing.

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