Category: Crime

Dan Spencer in The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael

The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael

    A provocative and more or less relentlessly grim drama set in hoodie Britain that seems to ask the liberal establishment to look again at their “anything goes” attitudes. Director Thomas Clay and co-writer Joseph Lang divide the world into two. One is middle class, in the shape of sleek celebrity TV

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Ben Affleck and Diane Lane in Hollywoodland

Hollywoodland

    Looking on paper like something better than it actually turns out, Hollywoodland is one of those films purporting to lift the lid on Hollywood, LA Confidential style. It tells the lightly fictionalised story of George Reeves (Ben Affleck) the man who played Superman on 1950s US TV, and

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Robin Williams and Toni Collette

The Night Listener

  When he switches off the mouth, Robin Williams can be an incredibly effective actor. This is one of those turns, yet it’s ironically about a man who is a professional mouth, a DJ with a late-night show who uses his graveyard phone-in to tell and listen to stories. It’s

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Karoline Herfurth and Ben Whishaw in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

  Having wandered off up arthouse avenue in recent years, with The Princess and the Warrior and Heaven, director Tom Tykwer delivers his most accessible film since Run Lola Run. It’s an adaptation of Patrick Süskind’s runaway best-seller about an 18th century peasant with an incredible olfactory talent and the

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Matthew McConaughey and Juno Temple in Killer Joe

Killer Joe

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     18 August   Lolita published, 1958 If you’re looking for a start date for the 1960s, you could do a lot worse than this: 18 August 1958, when Vladimir Nabokov’s novel was first published in

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Four of the five "four lions" prepare for the London Marathon

Four Lions

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     7 July   The London Bombings, 2005 On this day in 2005, a series of bombs went off in London, UK. 52 people were killed, more than 700 were injured. The bombs went off in

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Timothy Olyphant in Hitman

Hitman

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     26 June   First barcode scanned, 1974 On this day in 1974, a packet of Wrigley’s chewing gum became the first product to be scanned by a barcode reader for commercial purposes. The so-called Universal

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Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe in American Gangster

American Gangster

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     11 June   John F Kennedy proposes the Civil Rights Act, 1963 On this day in 1963, the US president, John F Kennedy addressed the nation. In his speech he called for legislation with would

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Niels Arestrup and Tahar Rahim in A Prophet

A Prophet

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     8 June   Death of the prophet Muhammad, 632 On this day in AD632 (10 AH), Abu al-Qasim Muhammad ibn Adb Allah ibn Abd al-Muttalib ibn Hashim, aka Muhammad (spellings vary), died aged 62 or

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Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel in Mean Streets

Mean Streets

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     12 May   Exile on Main Street released, 1972 On this day in 1972, one of the cornerstone rock albums of all time was released. Exile on Main St was the Rolling Stones follow-up to

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