Review | City Island

Credit: Phil Caruso

IN THEATERS FRIDAY 3/19

US Rating: ** 1/2

When a prison guard (Andy Garcia) brings an inmate on parole (Steven Strait) home to his Italian family in NYC's City Island (a fishing village), it challenges his wife (Julianna Margulies) and kids -- and the usual mix of funny and dramatic secrets unpack themselves.

While the dialogue crackles and the lead duo's loving discord seem realistic, the story itself isn't memorable and the potentially interesting location feels underused.

-- THELMA ADAMS