A lousy title for a nicely told story. Robert De Niro plays a detective on a murder case who finds his estranged son is the prime suspect. Unlike many cop thrillers, "City by the Sea" allows its supporting cast to develop their characters and lets them make, and recover from, their mistakes.
[2009: And Eliza Dushku as a crack ho is worth something. My biggest recollection of "City by the Sea," aside from Eliza Dushku as a crack ho, is the vulnerability flowing through De Niro's character. A really good role for him.
Have I mentioned that you should be watching Eliza Dushku in "Dollhouse?"]