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State of Grace

There is an excellent piece of social realism struggling to get out from beneath this bloated rock opera of a film. Written by the socially-conscious playwright Dennis McIntyre, State of Grace is set in the area of New York kno...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Voices

The Voices is a comedy horror about a serial killer. It’s not a sub-genre we see very often but, thanks in no small part to the likes of American Psycho and TV’s Dexter, it is one that allows a macabre but often darkly funny lo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Gunman

The Gunman sees Sean Penn join the seemingly unstoppable conveyor belt of aging action men. From Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and of course that man Liam Neeson it seems old is the new tough. But whil...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Focus

Focus could have been so very different. In its earliest incarnation it starred Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. When they dropped out it became Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart before Affleck dropped out and Will Smith came on boar...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice director Paul Thomas Anderson has long cemented himself as one of cinema’s most intelligent and fascinating filmmakers. What PTA does better than most is tell interesting, deep and immersive stories through the ey...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Most Violent Year

There is something distinctly old school about A Most Violent Year writer director J.C. Chandor. These days filmmakers have one good movie and the next thing you know they’re making franchise films, seeped in the money-machine ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Midnight Run

What do you love about films like The Avengers? Is it the visual effects? The endless action sequences? The fact it comes with a pretty comic book label at the front to let you know it’s a legitimate adaptation? No, you’re not ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nightcrawler

Hollywood doesn’t really do much originality these days, which is a shame when it produces films such as Nightcrawler. Because amid all the superheroes, young adult adaptations, endless reboots, remakes and sequels original ide...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Killing + Killer’s Kiss

Stanley Kubrick didn’t hit many speedbumps on the road to becoming a cinematic legend but his 1956 noir thriller The Killing was definitely one of them. By then, the 28 year-old director had two films under his belt and while n...
 
 
 
 
 
 

In Order of Disappearance

With the trend for all things Nordic Noir showing no sign of abating any time soon In Order Of Disappearance manages to at least offer a new slant on the theme. Because while it’s set in an ice cold landscape it toys with a ble...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Last Seduction

Given the success of last year’s brilliant Gone Girl there is no better time to re-visit John Dahl’s noirish thriller The Last Seduction. Because, like Gone Girl, it tells the story of a disenchanted wife looking to use her int...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thief

Though best known for such stylish crime thrillers as Manhunter, Heat and Collateral, Michael Mann began his career as a documentary filmmaker. After graduating from the London Film School, Mann travelled to Paris in time for t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Walk Among The Tombstones

Despite his reinvention as an elderly action man Liam Neeson has always been an actor with enough gravity around him to worry the sun. And with A Walk Among The Tombstones he finds himself in arguably his strongest film in some...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Keeper Of Lost Causes

Scandinavian noir has been a victim of its own success. Back in the late 2000s, a TV series called The Killing emerged from the market for DVD box sets and began turning heads. More cinematic of style and sombre of tone than it...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For

Nearly nine years after the original film was released Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For has been a long time in the pipeline.  At one point it was slated to star Angelina Jolie in the title role, a part that only she could seemin...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Devil’s Knot

Based on one of America’s most publicised recent murder trials, and the fall-out thereof, Devi’s Knot tells the true story of the West Memphis Three. A story of this magnitude, having already been made into countless TV special...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blood Ties

Guillaume Canet is one of life’s horribly talented people. As if it isn’t unfair enough that he’s dashingly good-looking, has an Oscar winning actress girlfriend, in the shape of Marion Cotillard, but he also acts and more impo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dirty Mary Crazy Larry

With the release of Easy Rider, came a whole new wave of road movies, where the simple act of riding or driving was made into an act of defiance against the older generation, and the modern way these were filmed reflected that....
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sabotage

Having hung up the political hat Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the silver screen has been a little hit and miss. While The Last Stand had a cartoonish charm to it his repeated teaming with Sly Stallone has left him feeling ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hypnotist

Feels like a crime drama set in Scandinavia comes with a Nordic Noir tag, and while some – Jo Nesbo’s Headhunters for example – deserve their billing up there with The Killing et al, others feel like their tagging along for a r...