Variety is reporting that Michael Mann’s Public Enemies will be publicly screened for the first time at the Los Angeles Film Festival, taking place between June 18-28.

The film, about the real life hunt for legendary bank robber John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) by the FBI, including the efforts of agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale).  This is Mann’s first feature since 2006’s Miami Vice, which was considered something of a disappointment.  Public Enemies has received a somewhat mixed response from early screenings, with some calling it “a new crime classic” and others declaring it as “poorly plotted and paced”.

I’m looking forward to the film, since I think Mann is a usually solid director, with films like Manhunter, Collateral, and especially Heat, and with this film he is returning to his best genre.  That being said, I can’t make heads or tails of the mixed reaction from early screenings.  Some have said this is going to be this years Miami Vice.  For my own sake, I sure hope not.

Are you looking forward to Public Enemies?

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