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We Own the NightNo one wears glassy-eyed anxiety better than We Own the NightMystery and Thriller, DramaPT117MRNo one wears glassy-eyed anxiety better than 2008-02-15Robert DuvallEva MendesRobert Duvall, Eva MendesColumbia Pictures
Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, ...

(Ann Joyce)

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We Own the Night

Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Drama; Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall, Eva Mendes; Director: James Gray; Author: James Gray; Release Date Wide: 10/12/2007; Runtime (in minutes): 117; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Columbia Pictures

No one wears glassy-eyed anxiety better than Joaquin Phoenix, but his sharp performance as a ne’er-do-well straddling both sides of the law can’t salvage We Own the Night, a slowly deflating, Russian-accented Departed. Mark Wahlberg treads familiar, if lower-key, terrain, and police patriarch Robert Duvall seems content just playing Robert Duvall. EXTRAS Soft-spoken writer-director James Gray slips in spot-on imitations of his three male stars in his otherwise scholarly commentary, and in a featurette shares how Phoenix provoked Duvall on the set to stoke his character’s paternal disdain. B-