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The Town: The Best Movie of the Year?

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Fifteen years after Heat and four years after The Departed, Ben Affleck looks to stamp his place in crime fiction with a new, gritty action-drama set on the streets of Boston. The Town, about a group of increasingly violent bank robbers, is the opening act for awards season.

Affleck stars as Doug MacRay, the leader of a sophisticated band of young men from the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston that steals money from armored cars and banks. In their latest heist, his best friend James Coughlin (Jeremy Renner) decides to take the bank’s assistant manager hostage. After the heist is over, worried that the woman (Rebecca Hall) could identify them later on, Doug decides to get to know her – and ends up falling for her. Her name is Claire and they hit it off immediately. Doug realizes that his life of crime may not be worth it, but getting out of Charlestown isn’t as easy as it seems. Furthermore, the FBI, led by Adam Frawley (Jon Hamm), is hot on his tail.

Read the full The Town movie review at FilmJabber.com

By Erik Samdahl
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