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The soundtrack is very nice in “The Intern” (2015). Happy and comforting. That’s also kind of the role that Robert De Niro plays as a senior citizen intern at an e-commerce startup founded by Anne Hathaway. The story is predictable: geezer who knows nothing about tech transforms into wise elder in eyes of younger co-workers and everyone learns a little something about themselves. Awww. Like the film’s marketing slogan: “Experience never gets old.” Awww. Thankfully, the filmmakers avoid total cliche immersion and spare us from the typical over-the-top ending involving corporate back-stabbing, contrived boardroom speeches and/or impossible last-minute deadlines. Awww.

 

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.”

At the beginning of “The Score” (2001), Robert De Niro cracks a safe. Then we see an artsy, through-the-windshield shot of him driving, rain droplets and wiper blades and all. Then we hear one of those jazz trumpets with the toilet plunger thingy stuck in the hole. So we know it’s going to be one of those kinds of movies. A formula caper flick with a noir edge. The execution is very average. De Niro, Angela Bassett, Edward Norton and Marlon Brando seem to be going through the motions. The jazz trumpet with the toilet plunger thingy sounds good, though.