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A scene from "The Iceman"

2.5 out of 4 stars

Directed by
Ariel Vromen
Starring
Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans
Genre
Drama

The pitch probably sounded fabulous: The true story of Richard Kuklinski (the excellent Michael Shannon), an unflappable, seemingly conscience-free mob hitman who logged more than 100 kills from the sixties to the eighties, while he was also a loving husband and father of two girls. (Winona Ryder, in fine form, plays his wife.) Unfortunately, the film doesn't offer much illumination or insight to link Kuklinski's two sides. Ray Liotta is on hand to do what he does best: scare strong men with verve. But the revelation here is Chris Evans (The Avengers), who plays a fellow killer in an ice-cream truck. Something about his seventies hair and wardrobe must have freed him up, because he shows more swagger in his few scenes than he ever did as a superhero.

Sept. 10, 10 p.m., Princess of Wales; Sept. 11, 12 p.m., Ryerson

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