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Clay Pigeons

Director:David Dobkin
Writer:Matt Healy
Gramercy Pictures; R; 104 minutes
Cast:Joaquin Phoenix, Georgina Cates, Scott Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Janeane Garofalo

Janeane Garofalo's urbane Fed stuck in cowboy country steals the show in this sly spoof of contemporary Tarantino-style film noir. The caustic FBI agent is investigating a series of slice-and-dice killings. Joaquin Phoenix plays Clay, a not-as-naive-as-he-looks cowboy who becomes the No. 1 suspect, though his affable sidekick, Lester (Vaughn), has a dark side and his jealous former lover (Cates) has already murdered one of his one-night stands.

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