A History of Violence

David Cronenberg’s latest film is a dark and intelligent look at the violence that lurks in small town America.

Like his previous film Spider it is more low key and restrained work than previous efforts like The Fly or Crash but it still packs a considerable punch, even though the latter stages have an uneasy, almost comic tone. It is as arresting and disturbing as his early films, but moves at a deceptively slower pace, making the violence – when it happens – all the more shocking.

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Guy Ritchie’s return to the gangster genre is a confusing, incoherent mess.

What should have been a return to the kind of films that made his name after the embarrassment of Swept Away is actually something equally bad. Although it bears the hallmarks of Lock, Stock… and Snatch (flashy editing, cockney geezers, stone faced hard men) it features a plot so tortuous and confusing you have to wonder if the whole project is some kind of elaborate new-age joke.

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Cinderella Man

Although it bombed unexpectedly at the US box office this Depression era boxing drama is an accomplished and moving depiction of James Braddock’s extraordinary career.

The story of US boxer James J Braddock reads like a fairy tale. During the Great Depression in New York he was forced into a series of menial jobs and struggled to hold his family together in the face of terrible poverty. However, chance and opportunity combined to give him a chance to return to the ring and get his life back on track, even leading him to a shot at the world title.

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