I’ve missed the days of the legitimate film noir, starring the hard-boiled chain-smoking detective. These days the idea of film noire is just a blend of a modern thriller and crime drama, with very little elements of what a noir should be. Thankfully for “The American Side” (available on DVD) for bringing back a classic film noir story.

Writer & director Jenna Ricker and writer & actor Greg Stuhr compose a classic film noir mystery. Stuhr plays private eye Charlie Paczynski. A low-rent detective who prefers to be as mysterious as his cases. Paczynski is tasked with a suicide case, that ultimately leads to a discovery of much higher proportions. All told in a carefully crafted plot.

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