Stone

October 08, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Edward Norton tries on a showy cornrowed hairdo and actor-y, mumbly vocal stylings to play a convicted arsonist who claims to undergo a spiritual conversion in Stone. The affectations do nothing to plead his case and much to garble any serious intentions in this hooey-heavy prison-and-faith drama. De Niro plays a repressed, supposedly religious parole officer who pulls Stone (the con’s nickname) as one of his last cases. Milla Jovovich slinks cartoonishly as Stone’s seductive wife, on a mission to compromise the lawman. Lordy. C-

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