In The Architect, Anthony LaPaglia gives a subtle yet textured performance as Leo Waters, a self-important middle-aged architect who lives with his quietly dysfunctional family in the suburbs of Chicago.

Waters, who designed the low-income Eton Court Homes at the start of his career, has moved on to bigger and better projects of course, as the buildings deterioriate over decades of abuse and neglect in a tough South Side neighborhood. The conditions of the drug- and gang-infested buildings leave Tonya Neeley, played by Viola Davis, no choice but to organize the tenants to support her mission: she wants the city to tear the buildings down. No amount of sprucing up will amount to anything; the only answer is to wipe them away completely.

Building and Demolishing in The Architect

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