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HOME THEATER: Emory Cohen ‘energizes the drama’ in ‘Stealing Cars’

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STORY WRITTEN BY AMY LONGSDORF
For Digital First Media

In “Brooklyn,” Emory Cohen took the underwritten role of a plumber and turned it into something extraordinary. He works a similar kind of magic in “Stealing Cars,” an effective yarn about a high-schooler who winds up in the Bernville Camp For Boys after committing a number of crimes, including stealing a car.
As with most prison movies, “Stealing Cars” is jam-packed with clichés but Cohen energizes the drama with the sheer force of his personality, shaking up the inmates and defending the weak not unlike Jack Nicholson in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” There’s great turns by Mike Epps and Felicity Huffman too. On Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google, Vudu.

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