Jim Alexander reviews “Live by Night” for The Movie Blog


Ben Affleck has had a real good 2016 in my estimation (don’t hate), and 2017 is looking like it’s taking off right where 2016 left of. After his successful directorial hits that include Gone Baby Gone, The Town (personal favorite) and Argo, Live by Night might not be a better movie then his previous three, but it sure can proudly stand alongside them. Affleck goes back about 90 plus years into the 1920’s prohibition era and the times when running with the mob was the thing to do to stand out.

In Live By Night, Affleck plays a local Boston mobster Joe Coughlin who is sent off to Florida to run a mob ring during the peak of the Prohibition era. It’s there that he’s changing the criminal landscape and has feuds with the Klu Klux Klan and area mobs. It’s also where he meets his love interest Graciela (Zoe Saldana) that changes his outlook on life and gives him a new purpose.


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