Matthew Lickona noon, April 29
Gimme the Loot
Urban romantic crime comedy about a pair of Brooklyn aerosol paint pundits (rookies Tashiana Washington and Ty Hickson) who need $500 to make their dream of "bombing" the Mets' home run apple a reality. From its opening long-take robbery of a paint store, backed by King Coleman’s "Let’s Shimmy," one would immediately tag Scorsese as the prime influence on director Adam Leon’s debut feature. Right town, wrong borough. Ten minutes of walk-and-talk coverage — filtered through the compressed eye of a telephoto lens and awash in a babbling stream of incessant exposition and backstory — soon reveals that Leon has seen too many Woody Allen pictures. On the plus side, the director serves up an ear-grabbing soundtrack made up entirely of non-diegetic novelties — no hip-hop or rap heard here — and hiring a former NYC tour guide as a location scout was a stroke of genius. 2012.