Crown Vic takes its name from the squad car driven by a veteran patrol officer (Thomas Jane) and his rookie trainee (Luke Kleintank). The film follows the two policemen over the course of one sweaty night in L.A. as they attempt to find a missing girl, track a couple of cop killers and contend with an officer gone rogue (Jack VanZandt). Written and directed by Joel Souza, this gritty, compressed exercise in nocturnal suspense demonstrates both the power and vulnerability of the men in blue. Alec Baldwin serves as one of the producers. Monica Film Center, 1332 2nd St., Santa Monica, Fri., Nov. 15, various showtimes; $9-$12. (310) 478-3836.
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