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Producer-director-scripter Michael Corrente manages to bring freshness to basically derivative material in Federal Hill, thanks to a number of excellent performances and some evocative black-and-white images of a world he knows intimately.
With the possible exception of utilizing an atypical location (Providence, Rhode Island's Federal Hill as opposed to New York City or Long Island), there is little in this film that hasn't been done before, and better.
Though Corrente, who wrote, produced and directed this debut feature, displays a sure, confident hand, his style and sensibility aren't singular enough to make this collection of behavioral details feel original.