Lost in Boston

Nothing like a Ben Affleck movie. In a good way

First time's the charm

Advice to a would-be novelist: write what you know. Tip for a first-time director: show what you've seen. Ben Affleck has been living in the tabloids for so long, it might seem as if he had been born there. But no, he's a Boston kid, and for his debut in the auteur sweepstakes, he wisely chose a Dennis Lehane suspense novel set in the down-and-dirty Boston suburb of Dorchester.

From the start, then, Affleck had two things going for him: a tightly wound plot to keep viewers guessing and a milieu--working-class sleuths and suspects--that would be exotic...

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