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Gimme the Loot a Bronx Indie About a Couple of Graffiti Bombers

A big winner at last year's SXSW, this palm-sized Bronx indie about a couple of graffiti bombers aiming to gain fame by tagging the Mets' Home Run Apple runs on nothing but biodiesel personality. Malcolm (Ty Hickson) and Sofia (Tashiana Washington) are mates only in spraying, and they work a variety of small-time crimes (dealing, stolen goods) to raise the money needed to fulfill their dream. It's a nowhere set-up — tagger prestige and two-fifty will get you on the B — and hardly even required, as first-timer Leon limns the neighborhoods' textures without patronizing, drops his kids into skirmishes and mishaps, and focuses, slowly, on their budding romance. Rather '80s-retro as local indies go (it's even shot rather Spike Lee-ishly), the movie banks not so much on street cred but on old-fashioned movie charisma. Hickson is amiable and deft, if still a touch awkward with dialogue, but Washington, playing a defensive and belligerent child of her borough, is radiant, razor-like and preeminently watchable. Equally magnetic, Zoë Lescaze is unforgettable as a rich-white-girl pot-buyer with no self-control. Leon's grungy résumé indie is a modest deal, with a sweet, mumble­coresque ending, but it glows with unmistakable star power.
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Michael Atkinson is a regular film contributor at the Village Voice. His work also appears in the publications of the Voice’s film partner, Voice Media Group: LA Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Houston Press and Dallas Observer.

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