Us rating: ***
Ben Affleck does double duty on this engrossing romantic thriller, both directing and assuming the lead role. As a career criminal in Boston, he falls in love with the bank manager (Rebecca Hall) abducted by his crew during a heist — a scenario that’s further complicated by his short-fused accomplice (Jeremy Renner). TV’s Jon Hamm and Blake Lively make a leap to the big screen as a fed and a druggie mom, respectively. But it’s Affleck the filmmaker who really scores: His strong storytelling sense makes this Town worth the visit.