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Film review

Crime-and-love tale nothing new, but still appealing

Rooney Mara is Ruth and Casey Affleck plays Bob in “Ain't Them Bodies Saints.”
Photographer: IFC Films
Rooney Mara is Ruth and Casey Affleck plays Bob in “Ain't Them Bodies Saints.”
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A   man breaks out of jail to reach his one, true love and meet his daughter for the first time. Many a country song and the occasional movie have been built on that melodramatic frame. But it earns an elegiac treatment in “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” a spare, subdued Texas tale that wears its worn premise with style. Casey Affleck is Bob Muldoon, a low-rent outlaw whose devotion to Ruth (Rooney Mara) is such that ...

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