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December 30, 2008

Dark Streets

Hr_Dark_Streets_poster There's nothing worse than a soft-boiled noir. Splashes of '30s era style and tame blues music contain wobbly Gabriel Mann ("Mad Men") as New Orleansesque child of privilege and club owner Chaz Davenport. Associates are turning up dead and Chaz is having money problems when he auditions and hires Madelaine (Izabella Miko), a beautiful new singer to compete with his girlfriend/chanteuse Crystal (Bijou Phillips). Based on Rachel Samuels' stage play, "Dark Streets" is a disappointing film that only manages to entertain during some of its musical set pieces. Elias Koteas is squandered as a menacing police detective. Dashiell Hammett this is not.

(Samuel Goldwyn Films) Rated R. 85 mins. (D+) (One Star)


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