Movie Review: Fiction and nonfiction blend ineffectively in the gang drama Five Star

Ever since John Cassavetes started directing movies, indie films have wrestled with the tension between fiction and nonfiction. One means of finding a good balance, employed more and more frequently of late, involves casting non-professional actors as versions of themselves and then constructing a story around them. That way, the movie will feel bracingly authentic from moment to moment while still offering the satisfactions of drama. (Recent examples include Andrew Bujalski’s Beeswax...

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