Sunday March 29, 2020

Ragged romp extends Smith’s losing streak

Time was that Will Smith could do no wrong. For more than a decade, blockbuster followed blockbuster as the actor became the axis around which lucrative, global summer sci-fi franchises were constructed. He kept his hand in with the occasional sober

1st March, 2015
Will Smith and Margot Robbie in Focus

In Focus, his first starring role since then, Smith makes a return to his roots with a character that might be the grown-up version of the smirking grifter he played in Fred Schepisi’s Six Degrees of Separation 20 years ago. Nicky Spurgeon is a conman, a smooth-talking crook with powers of deception that have made him wealthy. He can steal your watch or, given enough time, your house and your whole life.

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