Steel City

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3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Past empty shops, foreclosed homes and frozen lakes, the characters in Steel City smoke; the town and everyone in it are slowly dying. While awaiting trial for vehicular manslaughter, Carl (Heard) tries to reconnect with the sons (Guiry, Crawford) he’s abandoned. Meanwhile, they repeat his mistakes. An inertia-induced malaise is rendered beautifully in Steel City’s washed-out blues and grays. And the film succeeds when plot and character are revealed through a patchwork of wordless scenes. But the stilted dialogue, relying too heavily on speeches, robs the film of believability—which disappears completely with its happy ending. (Opens Fri; Quad.)—Jane Borden

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