Showtime: February 10th, 8:00 PM at the Screen
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Making a Killing (106 mins.) (Dir. Devin Hume)
Arthur Herring (Mike Starr) is the mayor, priest and mortician in a small town called Cardinal, his brother Vincent Herring (Jude Moran) is his right-hand man and together they are well-respected pillars in the community. Arthur and Vincent agreed to safe guard a small fortune of rare coins for a friend, Lloyd Mickey (Christopher Lloyd) another mortician and convicted felon. When released Lloyd wants his coins back but the brothers have other plans. Just as the brothers think they are in the clear, a tenacious detective, Orlando Hudson (Michael Jai White), comes into town to investigate the town’s first murder in 30 years, in this twisted crime mystery that is BASED ON A TRUE STORY and a recent conviction. In person: Director/Producer/Co-Writer, Devin Hume; Co-Writer/Producer, Jamie Pelz; Executive Producer, Bruce Robinson; Top Cast-Michael Jai White, Gillian White, Mike Starr, Jude Moran, Joe Berryman, and many others.
REVIEW by Casey St. Charnez
The small Southwestern town of Cardinal (actually Las Vegas, NM) has not suffered a homicide in four decades. A half-hour into the movie, a gunshot startles the night. The zero murder rate has just gone up. Soon an Albuquerque agent from the State Investigation Bureau starts asking questions. His innate curiosity leads him to Willow Creek Funeral Services, where it seems something criminal is afoot. The head undertaker, who is also a priest and the town’s mayor, along with his handyman brother, have conspired to steal a buried cache of valuable old coins from their fellow mortician, a convicted elderly pedophile…who has just been released from prison, and has come home to get his treasure. He is quickly dead. Have the mortician/mayor/priest and his bro committed a Cardinal sin? The ubiquitous claim “Based on a true story” is valid here, in a dark, nasty, venal, sometimes bitterly funny crime story about an uncooperative populace that is happy its resident child molester is dead. Doesn’t matter how. He’s gone. This felony doesn’t require a solution. But that clever and dedicated big-city detective thinks otherwise, in a twisty thriller whose flip-flops of fortune that should not be discussed further here.