City Island


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Who would think that a sleepy seaside snippet of the Bronx could foster a Faulkner novel’s worth of family skeletons? Vince Rizzo (Garcia) is a prison warden guarding two big secrets from his family: a moonlighting stint as an aspiring actor, and Tony (Strait), a grown son from a past fling who shows up as an inmate. Our guilt-ridden everyman takes probationary custody of his close-relations convict, setting off a chain of mishaps: Tony proceeds to make eyes at both Vince’s wife (Margulies) and his teen daughter – who’s secretly stripping to pay for college – while urging Vince’s teen son to indulge his online obsession with obese women.

Somehow, writer-director Raymond De Felitta pulls off these proceedings way better than anyone has a right to, thanks to his light touch with potentially lurid plot developments and his generosity in letting actors flesh out their sitcom setups. Strait, a heartthrob in the making, almost steals the film from Garcia, who channels outer-borough local affably, if a bit thickly. There’s an inevitably messy climax of accumulated secrets that explode into histrionics, but what precedes the heavily accented sturm und drang is handled with delightful deft.

By Kevin B. Lee
Time Out Doha,

City Island

  • Duration: 104
  • Released: Thu, 17 Mar
  • Classification: 15+
  • Language: English
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  • Director: Raymond De Felitta
  • Stars: Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Steven Strait, Emily Mortimer, Ezra Miller, Dominik García-Lorido, Carrie Baker Reynolds, Hope Glendon-Ross, Alan Arkin, Louis Mustillo

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