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Film review

Whisky adds light note of hope, edgy humor to latest Loach film

From left, Jasmin Riggins, Gary Maitland, Paul Brannigan and William Ruane star in "The Angels' Share."
From left, Jasmin Riggins, Gary Maitland, Paul Brannigan and William Ruane star in "The Angels' Share."
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A barrel of whisky would usually spell doom for the working-class blokes who always find their way into Ken Loach films. But it is redemption that the director and his longtime creative collaborator, writer Paul Laverty, have in mind in the unexpectedly warm, hopeful and humorous brew of “The Angels’ Share.” Comedy has been increasingly leavening the darkness in the filmmaker’s more recent work. Mind you, Loach never completely walks away from gritty themes. But ...


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