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Manhattan Night (Manhattan Nocturne) (2016)

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Based on Colin Harrison's acclaimed novel Manhattan Nocturne (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), MANHATTAN NIGHT tells the story of Porter Wren (Adrien Brody), a New York City tabloid writer with an appetite for scandal. On the beat he sells murder, tragedy and anything that passes for the truth. At home he is a model family man, devoted to his loving wife (Jennifer Beals). But when a seductive stranger (Yvonne Strahovski) asks him to dig into the unsolved murder of her filmmaker husband Simon (Campbell Scott), he can't resist. In this modern version of a classic film noir, we follow Porter as he is drawn into a very nasty case of sexual obsession and blackmail - one that threatens his job, his marriage, and his life.

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Cast

Adrien Brody
as Porter Wren
Yvonne Strahovski
as Caroline Crowley
Campbell Scott
as Simon Crowley
Jennifer Beals
as Lisa Wren
Amelie McKendry
as Not Caroline
Allegra Cohen
as Detective
Frank Deal
as Campbell
Chinasa Ogbuagu
as Haitian Woman
Uzimann
as Cab Driver
Maureen Isern
as Woman #2
Stan Carp
as Mr. Crowley
Grace Rundhaug
as Young Caroline
Michael G. Chin
as Laundry Owner
Oscar Castillo
as Caroline's Doorman
George Peck
as Hobbs Entourage
Nancy Cullen
as Lounge Singer
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Critic Reviews for Manhattan Night (Manhattan Nocturne)

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (13)

Despite being rife with crime, sex and darkness, Manhattan Night feels increasingly like a cheap ripoff of the genre it so very much wants to fit into.

January 2, 2017 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Director DeCubellis is frightfully beholden to the tropes of the genre, and the premise (involving blackmail, strange dares and an inexplicable horse story) is just not credible.

August 26, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The thrilling twists and turns of Harrison's plot are here, but DeCubellis's hazy pacing drains the film of the book's zest. Though great material mishandled is frustrating to view, there are nonetheless some bright spots.

May 30, 2016 | Full Review…

It's pretty frustrating to watch a close-but-no-cigar movie like this.

May 20, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's not a great movie but a welcome one, if only for how it attempts to revive a whole genre.

May 19, 2016 | Full Review…

What sounds so delicious in the telling is pallid and ludicrous onscreen.

May 19, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Manhattan Night (Manhattan Nocturne)

Adrian Brody is not a private detective exactly, but rather he's a investigative reporter. And he's not single and hardboiled, he's a family man if a little cynical. Notwithstanding the story is basically the same: a beautiful woman in danger with a mystery to solve and "can you help me" eyes, and legs, a mysterious but thoroughly dangerous rich guy with something to hide (Is there any other kind?), and finally, most of all, the dead body of a complete asshole everybody but everybody wants dead. Voila, it's the revenge of film noir, or the son, or film noir for millenials. Whatever the case, despite it's steadfast dedication to the form, this baby lacks the heart-dragged-through-the-gutter. Nice try though.

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