Aniston and castmates have fun with Elmore Leonard’s ‘Crime’

August 29, 2014 4:05 AM

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Aniston and castmates have fun with Elmore Leonard’s ‘Crime’

The great Elmore Leonard, who died last August, was a creative river to the film industry: “3:10 to Yuma,” “Hombre,” “Joe Kidd,” “52 Pick-Up,” “Get Shorty,” “Jackie Brown,” “Out of Sight,” the list goes on. The mixture of Elmore Leonard and the performer who played Rachel on “Friends” may seem less than ideal. But it turns out to be a close to perfect fit in “Life of Crime,” based on Leonard’s 1978 novel “The Switch.”

Set in Detroit in 1978, the film, directed by new-to-me Daniel Schechter, begins with Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) as Ordell Robbie asking an accomplice if he is, finally, “Wit’ it, or not?” The accomplice on the phone is Louis (John Hawkes) and the “it” is the kidnapping of Mickey Dawson (Jennifer Anis...

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