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Posted: Friday, May 16, 2014 5:00 am

The debut feature film from Mad Men star John Slattery features one of the last screen performances by the late, lamented Philip Seymour Hoffman. There’s plenty to like about this movie — an excellent cast, a gritty sense of place, a handful of memorable scenes — but it muddles along trying this and then that, and it’s not until deep into the movie that it decides that it really wants to be a dark comedy. There are laugh-out-loud moments, along with some scenes that jolt you with surprise and breathtaking, bloody violence. Slattery doesn’t quite get a grip on what’s required to make it all mesh together, but getting there, in the hands of pros like Richard Jenkins, John Turturro, Christina Hendricks, and of course, the great Hoffman, can  still be diverting. Rated R. 88 minutes. The Screen, Santa Fe. See review.

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