Heavy ★★★★

Images of dirty mailboxes and grimy dive-bars are all the same in their overwhelming creation of a city--or, in a way, a world--ruled by hopelessness and misdirection in lives full of resentment, insecurity, and dreams of bigger and better emotional action beyond the ever-lasting sense of dissatisfaction. Opportunities arise and love seemingly dies out before it ever begins, but there's always a charm and hope in the desolate western boondocks of never moving and continuous waves of "just gettin' by" that Mangold depicts. There's heart and hurt within the emptiness of the town around these characters, and it's sometimes downright exquisite although occasionally lackluster. Delectably quaint. A-