DVD: The Town, For retail & rental (Warner Home Video)

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Ben Affleck follows up Gone Baby Gone with his second film as director, and it's another blue-collar Boston crime drama.

The ingredients are traditional ones: the noble bank robber (Affleck); the golden-hearted girlfriend (Rebecca Hall) who inspires him to go straight; the unstable associate (Jeremy Renner) pressuring him to do One Last Job. But thrillers this intelligent, well-acted and tautly scripted are all too rare.