The central players Ben Affleck recruited to The Town—Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm—are each worth watching, but the movie’s secret cache is its collection of veteran character actors. In his sole scene, Chris Cooper dumps the weight of generational suffering on the picture’s shoulders; in barely more screen time, Pete Postlethwaite creates one of the most magnificently loathsome villains to grace the screen in years. The bank robbers Postlethwaite recruits may cover their faces with ghoulish Halloween costumes, but he don’t need no stinking mask. Academy, Kennedy School, Laurelhurst, Mission, Valley.
- Best paired with: Double Mountain Vaporizer.
- Also showing: Trading Places (Laurelhurst).