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Stormy Monday

Later going on to helm Leaving Las Vegas and The Sopranos amongst others, Mike Figgis' directorial debut feature flaunts a fledgling director's passion for film-making. Lovingly crafted, Stormy Monday (so called, presumably after the T Bone…

Hyena (2014)

Four burly coppers suit up and storm a nightclub. Inside they pulverise everyone in flickering slow motion. With club music booming over the scene, it’s a dispiriting mix of music video and Guy Ritchie knock-off. To be fair, Hyena does try…

Perez. (2014)

Few professions offer the same scope for moral ambiguity as law. Practitioners range from gallant defenders of the innocent to shady mob lawyers with just about everything else in between. Demetrio Perez, working as a court appointed…

Boomerang Family (2013)

There are families with black sheep, and then there are black sheep families. The dysfunctional kindred of Hae-sung Song's fantastically obsidian comedy are like a low-class, anti-intellectual, economically ruined Royal Tenenbaums: the…

Killing Them Softly (2012)

Andrew Dominik's meaty, vigorous and suitably violent third feature will have fans of the gritty low-level gangster genre just about satisfied mainly due to its cast of top-shelf performers. Brad Pitt is the devilishly cool, cynical…

The Yellow Sea (2010)

Korean director Hong-jin Na put himself firmly on the map with his very successful debut movie, the 2008 thriller The Chaser. Hailed by critics as the beginning of a new kind of thriller genre, The Chaser won many awards. Hollywood took…

Drive (2011)

2011 was Ryan Gosling’s year, and Drive was his crowning achievement. Or so the polls would have us believe. Nicholas Winding Refn’s movie, about a nameless driver who gets mixed up a dodgy robbery, topped virtually every end-of-year…

Setup (2011)

Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson stars in this bland and generic crime ‘thriller’ which tries to compensate for what it lacks in plot with extra blood and violence. It will come as no surprise to learn that this effort went straight to DVD upon…