05/26/2010 06:12 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Mayor Koch Reviews Andy Garcia, in "City Island"

"City Island" was generally well received by other critics who overwhelmingly gave it the equivalent of three stars. I, on the other hand, am giving it a minus. I thought it was a mawkish soap opera and that the performances of the principals were over the top.

The Italian family featured in the film lives on City Island, a narrow strip that is part of the Bronx and the site of several seafood restaurants. Vince (Any Garcia) plays a loutish but sensitive prison guard who, unbeknownst to his family, is taking acting classes in the evening. He sees himself as a second coming of Marlon Brando, voice and all, conjuring up Brando's portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire."

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