Variety of genres offers something for everyone in November’s picks

The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys of the title are Holland March (Ryan Gosling), a private detective with a drinking problem, and Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe), an operative hired by those who want to send a message delivered with brass knuckles. His speciality is taking such communications to stalkers, especially those who harass underage or barely legal women. The two men first meet when Healy breaks March’s nose and wrist to convince him to stop looking for Amelia (Margaret Qualley). They become colleagues shortly thereafter when Healy realizes he has made a mistake and needs March’s help to find Amelia, who has now gone missing.

Set in 1977 in smog-shrouded Los Angeles, this new film, written and directed by Shane Black, blends the classic, murky film noir detective plots and heroes of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Ross MacDonald (The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye) with the movie-buddy-comedy pattern (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the Lethal Weapon series) to create a film that’s 1970’s flamboyant, often hilarious and generally entertaining.

Black, who was the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood 30 years ago, wrote the original Lethal Weapon film as well as Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and The Long Goodbye, among others; he returned to writing and directing with Ironman 3, one of the best of the Marvel entries and one that cleared over $400 million. With that insurance under his belt, Black returns with…

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