Andy Garcia was on the verge of becoming the new Robert DeNiro or Al Pacino in the late 1980s and early 1990s — dark-haired and handsome, volatile yet seductive, equally good as cop or criminal, lover or fighter. But somehow, someway, the Cuba-born star's faded. The good news of 'City Island,' then, is that Garcia has a fine role in it and responds with a strong, likable performance. Grade: C-plus.
Wonderfully emotionally alert actresses at their best, Amy Adams and Emily Blunt play working-class sisters whose job it is to clean up the mess some people leave when they die lonely and violently. As they go about their business, the film achieves stretches of pathos. Grade B.