By Jeff Labrecque
Updated February 15, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST
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Credit: Ann Joyce

We Own the Night

type
  • Movie

No one wears glassy-eyed anxiety better than Joaquin Phoenix, but his sharp performance as a ne’er-do-well straddling both sides of the law can’t salvage We Own the Night, a slowly deflating, Russian-accented Departed. Mark Wahlberg treads familiar, if lower-key, terrain, and police patriarch Robert Duvall seems content just playing Robert Duvall. EXTRAS Soft-spoken writer-director James Gray slips in spot-on imitations of his three male stars in his otherwise scholarly commentary, and in a featurette shares how Phoenix provoked Duvall on the set to stoke his character’s paternal disdain. B-

We Own the Night

type
  • Movie
genre
mpaa
  • R
runtime
  • 117 minutes
director
  • James Gray

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