Live by Night | Chicago Reader

Live by Night

Filmmakers who try to replicate The Godfather do so at their own risk. Every few years, during Oscar season, one of the big studios will come along with a well- upholstered period gangster epic—Road to Perdition (2002), American Gangster (2007), Legend (2015)—but none of them ever resonates socially the way the first two Godfather movies did during the institutional corruption of the Watergate era. Live by Night, which writer-director Ben Affleck has adapted from a novel by Dennis Lehane, takes a stab in this direction by portraying the hero, an Irish rumrunner who flees Boston and sets up a new operation in Tampa, as a sort of pre- multicultural man, finding common cause with the local oppressed blacks and immigrant Cubans. But it's more concerned with flattering our modern sensibility than truly plunging us into the mores of the 1920s. Continue reading >>



  • Ben Affleck


  • Ben Affleck
  • Zoe Saldana
  • Chris Messina
  • Elle Fanning
  • Matthew Maher
  • Brendan Gleeson
  • Sienna Miller
  • Chris Cooper
  • Anthony Hall
  • Robert Glenister
  • Remo Girone
  • Miguel Pimentel


  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Jennifer Davisson
  • Ben Affleck
  • Jennifer Todd
  • Chris Brigham
  • Dennis Lehane
  • Chay Carter

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