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Anson Mount the actor is not related to Rick Mount the basketball legend, but Anson gets to play in a hitman version of March Madness in “The Virtuoso” (2021). He’s struggling with a bad outcome from a recent job and a client thinks a little competition (and Abbie Cornish) will make him feel better. Mount has a great voice, almost too good. Sometimes he sounds like an automated attendant. This complicates his role as the film’s main narrator, since I almost felt like I was watching a hitman documentary. Or maybe a commercial for an upscale product preferred by hitmen.

A movie like “City by the Sea” (2002) makes you wonder whether there’s such a thing as free will. Some people are born into a shitstorm. Others have it thrust upon them. Some escape it and create a new life, only to have the shitstorm come roaring back when they least expect it. How you deal with things are your choice, but your choices are often so limited by circumstance that they aren’t choices at all. This is a gritty, gripping cop movie and human drama inside a hollowed-out skeleton of Long Beach, N.Y., that can’t help but whisper “Detroit.”