I went to an early critics' screening of Live by Night, which was introduced by Ben Affleck, who wrote, directed and stars in the gangster drama. He made an appeal for supporting studio movies that take risks and aren't just franchises. (He then made a self-deprecating joke about being knee-deep in Batman movies for Warner Bros., which is putting out Live by Night, for the immediate future.) Supporting grownup fare is all well and good, but Live by Night is kinda dull. I reviewed the film for Screen International.