Book to Film: Live by Night

Unaware that it had been made into a movie, I recently read a fairly recent novel and then discovered that its film adaptation was playing on Cinemax.  The novel was Live by Night by Dennis Lehane, and Lehane's fellow Bostonian Ben Affleck produced, directed, wrote the screenplay, and starred in the movie.  Inasmuch as the Cinemax info screen says it was released in 2017, one might think it was a made-for-cable flick.  But that's not the case, as Live by Night had a theatrical run that began in December of 2016.  That run seems not to have been successful, as IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, and Wikipedia all confirm.  On January 26, 2017, Variety reported that the film cost $65M to make, but with "tens of millions more to distribute and market," it had lost $75M.  And that's a pity, because Affleck's flick is a fine film, and parts of it are powerful. But then my take on the movie...(Read Full Article)

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