Robert Downey Jnr plays the paper’s reporter assigned to the case and Mark Ruffalo is the detective who has to solve it. Ambitious and meticulously filmed it is one of the best films to come out this year.
After sleeping around she ends up beaten up by the side of a road where a religious divorced man (Samuel L Jackson) takes her in. The only catch is that he chains her to the radiator in order to cure her of her wild sexual impulses.
Directed by Craig Brewer (who was behind last year’s Hustle and Flow) this is a strange but engaging drama. It features Jackson’s best role in quite some time with a character who is more rounded than you might think and Ricci manages to convey a heart beneath her crazy exterior.
Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten (15)
An illuminating and hugely engaging documentary about the late Clash frontman Joe Strummer. Directed by Julien Temple (who was also behind the excellent 2001 Sex Pistols documentary The Filth and the Fury) it examines his early life, his time in the seminal rock band and his later ‘wilderness’ years.
Many friends and luminaries such as Mick Jones, Bono, John Cusack and Jim Jarmusch are interviewed (usually around a campfire). A heartfelt and moving portrait, it is essential viewing for music fans. For those who aren’t, it is still well worth a look.
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