Notwithstanding a couple of moderately nifty special makeup effects involving low-life criminals getting shot in the head or burned with a cigarette, what you might remember most about “Stray Dogs,” an ostensibly gritty and hip crime romance set on the mean streets of present-day South Boston, is the fierce performance of leading man Lake Roberts.
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Bottom line: Not much bark or bite, despite a sharp and steady leading man.