BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE – Review by Susan Granger

This lurid, neo-noir crime-thriller is not my kind of movie but, as a critic, my job is to evaluate how well a filmmaker accomplishes what he/she set out to do, and I suppose writer/director Drew Goddard does. Goddard’s saga begins ominously in 1959 with a bank robber (Nick Offerman) getting a back full of buckshot after burying a sack of cash under the floorboards in a Lake Tahoe hotel room. His assailant is seen in the doorway, backlit, toting a shotgun.

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