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10th And Wolf (2006) DVD

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10th And Wolf (2006) Director:  Robert Moresco (as Bobby Moresco) Writers:  Robert Moresco, Allan Steele Stars:  James Marsden, Giovanni Ribisi, Brad Renfro    A gangster movie that tries harder, “10th and Wolf” is the directorial debut of Bobby Moresco, a writer and producer of “Crash.” It desperately wants to matter in the same way that its Academy Award-winning forerunner tried to matter: by trafficking in a blunt, populist morality that insists we’re all in this mess together. The mess, in this case, is a pervasive feeling that there’s not much difference nowadays between the good guys and the bad; everyone is tainted. If that message is moldy, “10th and Wolf” gives it a meretricious new twist. Without thinking very hard, it compares America’s exit from the first Persian Gulf war to gangster morality in a shabby neighborhood of an Eastern industrial city. The movie is narrated by Tommy Santoro (James Marsden), its only male character with a glimmer of nobility. A handsome, tarnished angel, Tommy, the one member of his family not caught up in a life of crime, returns to his hometown in 1991 after serving as a Marine in the gulf. The movie is full of the usual scenes of hugging, grieving and vowing of loyalty that signal that these people have feelings too: operatic ones. But the characters never transcend the clichés embedded in the culture since “The Godfather.”   Here is the link to the film at the Internet Movie database: