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'Emily the Criminal' excels; 'Samaritan' stumbles

Potential narratives unexplored in 'Samaritan'

'Emily the Criminal'

I went to see "Emily the Criminal" expecting a brisk, taut crime caper that would afford one of my favorite comedic actresses a well-deserved showcase to stretch her dramatic muscles, but what I also got was a political Rorschach test whose concerns seem especially relevant in light of debates about student loan debt forgiveness.

It's easy to dismiss Aubrey Plaza's Emily as an adult child of squandered opportunities, who dropped out of college after racking up a felony conviction that continues to pop up on background checks when she applies for white-collar jobs, and she...


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