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Sundance Review: Ryan Fleck And Anna Boden's 'Mississippi Grind' Starring Ryan Reynolds And Ben Mendelsohn

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Some men are just born to lose. And some men deserve second chances. But the beautiful losers of “Mississippi Grind” abuse the limits of luck landing in their favor beyond reparation in Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden uneven fourth feature. These American indie filmmakers got their start at Sundance with their arresting debut drama “Half Nelson” with Ryan Gosling. Subsequent efforts have been only semi-successful. The baseball drama “Sugar” is more politely admired than actively loved and the comedy “It’s Kind Of A Funny Story” was their first real misfire. The talented storytellers meld all their gifts for this humanist gambling drama and two-hander, but as a rambling, should-be plucky riff on ‘70s-style shaggy losers on the road (see “Fat City,” “California Split”) “Mississippi Grind” can never quite deal itself a winning hand. Starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn, “Mississippi Grind” begins with one drunken fateful evening. Three-time loser »

- Rodrigo Perez

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