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Five Star

Directed by Keith Miller
United States, 2014


A member of the notorious Bloods since he was 12 years old – both in the film and in real life – Primo takes John, the son of his slain mentor, under his wing, versing him in the code of the streets.

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Five Star Directed by Keith Miller
The writer and director Keith Miller establishes engaging characters but stifles their thoughts and emotions, sets up dramatic situations but avoids their practicalities and implications. The movie is little more than its plot, and much of the plot, for all the suspense it arouses, falls back on clichés. The hearty actors, who are nonprofessionals, convey much more depth than the script and the direction do; Miller’s blend of documentary and fiction stints on both.
July 27, 2015
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To the extent that the film has a narrative, it’s an overly familiar one—just your basic cautionary tale about gang life. But those street-smart clichés are still more compelling than the details of the characters’ everyday lives, which too often cross the line that separates incisive low-key naturalism from mundane tedium.
July 23, 2015
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Slow and steady, and with remarkable assuredness, Keith Miller’s “Five Star” plays mean-streets drama in the lowest of keys. Relying on neither raised voices nor cocked weapons — although both appear sparingly — this documentary-fiction hybrid observes gang culture with a calm eye and a clear head.
July 23, 2015
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