(Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, et al / DVD / NR / 2010 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Overview: Vince Rizzo (Andy Garcia) is a lifelong resident of the tiny, tradition-steeped Bronx enclave of City Island. A family man who makes his living as a corrections officer, Vince longs to become an actor. Ashamed to admit his aspirations to his family, Vince would rather let his fiery wife Joyce (Julianna Margulies) believe his weekly poker games are a cover for an extramarital affair than admit he’s secretly taking acting classes in Manhattan.
DVD Verdict: 'City Island,' set in the small community in Long Island Sound, is about a family whose peaceful coexistence is threatened by surprising revelations of past secrets and present lies.
Vince Rizzo (Andy Garcia) is a lifelong resident of the small, tradition-steeped, Bronx enclave of City Island. Vince works as a corrections officer, but longs to become an actor and is ashamed to air his aspirations to his family. Vince would rather let his volatile wife, Joyce (Julianna Margulies), believe his weekly poker games are a front for an extramarital affair than admit he's secretly taking acting classes in Manhattan.
Vince isn't the only one with a secret. His teenage Vince, Jr. (Ezra Miller), has a fetish for obese women and his daughter, Vivian (Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Garcia's real-life daughter), has been expelled from college and is working as a stripper.
Asked in class to reveal his biggest secret, Vince inadvertently sets off a chaotic chain of events that turns his low-key life into turmoil when he brings his long-lost ex-con son Tony (Steven Strait) home to meet the family. To complete the portrait of nearly universal deception, Vince's acting partner (Emily Mortimer) and drama coach (Alan Arkin) also harbor secrets.
Raymond De Felitta wrote, produced, and directed "City Island." The cast is perfect and the script is a gem. It has sharp, witty dialogue, and there are enough twists to avoid predictability. I was surprised at Mr. Garcia's flair for comedy, since most of his screen roles have been in serious drama. Ms. Margulies is also a standout, with her harridan Joyce a departure from the more ladylike roles we've come to associate with her. [MM] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.