Austin Film Festival, opening weekend

by Scott Von Doviak and the AV Club staff

For reasons known only to him, James Gandolfini has borrowed Robert De Niro’s Cape Fear drawl for his performance as an Indianapolis businessman in Welcome To The Rileys. That’s not the only De Niro connection here, as there’s more than a little Taxi Driver in the central relationship of Jake “son of Ridley” Scott’s film. Having lost his teenage daughter in a car accident and—more recently—his mistress to a heart attack, Gandolfini takes a business trip to New Orleans, where he befriends underage stripper/prostitute Kristen Stewart.

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