Thirty years after CHINATOWN, screenwriter Robert Towne returns to the milieu that made him famous — Depression-era Los Angeles — for this nicely played and deeply personal adaptation of novelist John Fante's 1939 masterpiece, Ask the Dust
. Like so many transplants before him, aspiring Italian-American writer Arturo Bandini (Colin Farrell) arrived in L.A. dreaming of wealth and fame, but five months later he's no closer to making those dreams a reality than he was when he left Colorado. With little experience with women or life in general to draw on, Bandini prays to St. Theresa for inspiration, but she's yet to come through. With only one published short stor...