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Zodiac (2007)

There are very few films I can watch again and again. Se7en is one of them. Zodiac is another. I love these two films because they are very well written and produced, and marry my favourite film genre – thrillers –

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Zodiac (2007)

There are very few films I can watch again and again. Se7en is one of them. Zodiac is another. I love these two films because they are very well written and produced, and marry my favourite film genre – thrillers –

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The Silence (2010)

This excellent police procedural thriller from Germany assembles a group of fully fleshed-out and highly interesting characters, and drops them into a fine criminal drama. The Silence feels original mostly because, as a foreign piece of work, it avoids the clichés we

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The Silence (2010)

This excellent police procedural thriller from Germany assembles a group of fully fleshed-out and highly interesting characters, and drops them into a fine criminal drama. The Silence feels original mostly because, as a foreign piece of work, it avoids the clichés we

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After Dark, My Sweet (1990)

We have already reviewed my all-time favourite noir, The Grifters (1990), the film adaptation of Jim Thompson’s 1963 novel. Thompson’s 1955 novel, After Dark, My Sweet, has also been eponymously adapted to the screen; curiously, also in 1990. Again, this is a

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After Dark, My Sweet (1990)

We have already reviewed my all-time favourite noir, The Grifters (1990), the film adaptation of Jim Thompson’s 1963 novel. Thompson’s 1955 novel, After Dark, My Sweet, has also been eponymously adapted to the screen; curiously, also in 1990. Again, this is a

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Cold Fish (2010)

I like to watch films without knowing anything about the plot beforehand. This means I get to fully enjoy every twist from start to finish; I’m like a nun walking onto a porno set. I am able to do this

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Cold Fish (2010)

I like to watch films without knowing anything about the plot beforehand. This means I get to fully enjoy every twist from start to finish; I’m like a nun walking onto a porno set. I am able to do this

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Pierrepoint (2005)

This film is a fascinating examination of the life of Albert Pierrepoint, one of the longest-serving hangmen in England. His career spanned from 1932 to 1956, during which he gained the reputation of being the most expeditious executioner in British history.

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Pierrepoint (2005)

This film is a fascinating examination of the life of Albert Pierrepoint, one of the longest-serving hangmen in England. His career spanned from 1932 to 1956, during which he gained the reputation of being the most expeditious executioner in British history.

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Only God Forgives (2013)

I have watched Only God Forgives twice now. Like Drive (2011) – director Nicolas Winding Refn, actor Ryan Gosling, and musician Cliff Martinez’s last collaboration – I required two viewings to establish whether this latest film is all bells and whistles purporting to be art or

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Only God Forgives (2013)

I have watched Only God Forgives twice now. Like Drive (2011) – director Nicolas Winding Refn, actor Ryan Gosling, and musician Cliff Martinez’s last collaboration – I required two viewings to establish whether this latest film is all bells and whistles purporting to be art or

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The Grifters (1990)

An unacknowleged classic, The Grifters is a neo-noir of the highest order. For my tastes, it is the best noir I have seen, with Double Indemnity (1944) a close second. The film is based on the novel, The Grifters, by legendary pulp crime

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The Grifters (1990)

An unacknowleged classic, The Grifters is a neo-noir of the highest order. For my tastes, it is the best noir I have seen, with Double Indemnity (1944) a close second. The film is based on the novel, The Grifters, by legendary pulp crime

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Bound (1996)

Three years before massive hit The Matrix (1999), the Wachowskis* made their debut on the silver screen with this excellent erotically-charged neo-noir crime thriller. Mixing suspense and passion perfectly, Bound quickly became a cult classic. The chemistry between the leading actors is scintillating. Jennifer Tilly, Gina

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Bound (1996)

Three years before massive hit The Matrix (1999), the Wachowskis* made their debut on the silver screen with this excellent erotically-charged neo-noir crime thriller. Mixing suspense and passion perfectly, Bound quickly became a cult classic. The chemistry between the leading actors is scintillating. Jennifer Tilly, Gina

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Kick-Ass (2010)

If you want to have heaps of fun watching a superhero action comedy, then Kick-Ass is the ticket! I’m not into superheroes at all, apart from the original Superman trilogy. But this film is a hilarious and cheeky take on the genre

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Kick-Ass (2010)

If you want to have heaps of fun watching a superhero action comedy, then Kick-Ass is the ticket! I’m not into superheroes at all, apart from the original Superman trilogy. But this film is a hilarious and cheeky take on the genre

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Angel Heart (1987)

Angel Heart is the result of superlative filmmaking. The story of Angel Heart is a powerful psycho-noir thriller. It is a puzzling, disturbing and fascinating ride set in a world few of us have experienced or understand. Eclectic director Alan Parker followed up this

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Angel Heart (1987)

Angel Heart is the result of superlative filmmaking. The story of Angel Heart is a powerful psycho-noir thriller. It is a puzzling, disturbing and fascinating ride set in a world few of us have experienced or understand. Eclectic director Alan Parker followed up this

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Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Cool Hand Luke may be a prison drama; all the same, you are going to have a helluva lot of fun watching it! It’s my favourite Paul Newman film and one of his finest. It’s got more heart than almost

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Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Cool Hand Luke may be a prison drama; all the same, you are going to have a helluva lot of fun watching it! It’s my favourite Paul Newman film and one of his finest. It’s got more heart than almost

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The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

This crime drama is a tense 2 hrs 20 min watch. Three stories rolled into one provide changes of perspective and pace which culminate in a satisfying experience. It is not a masterpiece by any means but The Place Beyond

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The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

This crime drama is a tense 2 hrs 20 min watch. Three stories rolled into one provide changes of perspective and pace which culminate in a satisfying experience. It is not a masterpiece by any means but The Place Beyond

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Shallow Grave (1994)

If you want to see a film that really gets your pulse going, really has you gripping your seat and gritting your teeth, then Shallow Grave is it. This Scottish crime thriller is expertly directed by Danny Boyle in his cinematic

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Shallow Grave (1994)

If you want to see a film that really gets your pulse going, really has you gripping your seat and gritting your teeth, then Shallow Grave is it. This Scottish crime thriller is expertly directed by Danny Boyle in his cinematic

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Blue Velvet (1986)

One of the seminal films of the 80s, Blue Velvet is a weird and mesmerising neo-noir. The fascinating storyline is brought to life by a capable cast with memorable performances from Dennis Hopper and Dean Stockwell. Blue Velvet tackles sexual deviation, drug abuse,

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Blue Velvet (1986)

One of the seminal films of the 80s, Blue Velvet is a weird and mesmerising neo-noir. The fascinating storyline is brought to life by a capable cast with memorable performances from Dennis Hopper and Dean Stockwell. Blue Velvet tackles sexual deviation, drug abuse,

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In Bruges (2008)

Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges is a brilliantly constructed and incredibly fun film. At times it is thrilling, at times dramatic, but overall this is superb comedy. The film stars Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes in fantastic and brilliantly acted roles. Finally

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In Bruges (2008)

Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges is a brilliantly constructed and incredibly fun film. At times it is thrilling, at times dramatic, but overall this is superb comedy. The film stars Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes in fantastic and brilliantly acted roles. Finally

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City of God (2002)

A masterpiece from Brazil, 2002’s City of God follows a group of youths growing up in a crime-ridden slum outside Rio de Janeiro. This film is shocking, thrilling, frightening and humorous. The incredible cinematography, gripping story and wonderful characters will keep you

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City of God (2002)

A masterpiece from Brazil, 2002’s City of God follows a group of youths growing up in a crime-ridden slum outside Rio de Janeiro. This film is shocking, thrilling, frightening and humorous. The incredible cinematography, gripping story and wonderful characters will keep you

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The Big Lebowski (1998)

One of the best Coen brothers’ films to date, and now widely regarded as one of the greatest comedies of all time, The Big Lebowski is a one-of-a-kind classic. Boasting the perfect cast, it stars Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore and John Turturro

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The Big Lebowski (1998)

One of the best Coen brothers’ films to date, and now widely regarded as one of the greatest comedies of all time, The Big Lebowski is a one-of-a-kind classic. Boasting the perfect cast, it stars Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore and John Turturro

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Drive (2011)

Drive, starring Ryan Gosling, is a slick neo-noir crime thriller and an original experience. On the surface it looks like just a stylish action film but Drive places character development above action. The result is a film where we care about the protagonists and understand

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Drive (2011)

Drive, starring Ryan Gosling, is a slick neo-noir crime thriller and an original experience. On the surface it looks like just a stylish action film but Drive places character development above action. The result is a film where we care about the protagonists and understand

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Run Lola Run (1998)

This is a hugely entertaining, humorous and exhaustingly-paced German thriller from writer/director Tom Tykwer, starring Franka Potente – of The Bourne film series fame. The innovative visual style using several different filming techniques, the palpable sense of urgency, the pulsating techno score

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Run Lola Run (1998)

This is a hugely entertaining, humorous and exhaustingly-paced German thriller from writer/director Tom Tykwer, starring Franka Potente – of The Bourne film series fame. The innovative visual style using several different filming techniques, the palpable sense of urgency, the pulsating techno score

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

The on-screen chemistry between Paul Newman and Robert Redford is probably unmatched. With Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and The Sting (1973), these actors with director George Roy Hill made two of the greatest, most entertaining films. The

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

The on-screen chemistry between Paul Newman and Robert Redford is probably unmatched. With Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and The Sting (1973), these actors with director George Roy Hill made two of the greatest, most entertaining films. The

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The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009)

J Blakeson’s superbly made crime thriller is pure tension from beginning to end. His direction and script is top-notch, as is the acting by Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston. The Disappearance of Alice Creed is not a film to be

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The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009)

J Blakeson’s superbly made crime thriller is pure tension from beginning to end. His direction and script is top-notch, as is the acting by Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston. The Disappearance of Alice Creed is not a film to be

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Headhunters (2011)

Morten Tyldum’s highly entertaining Norwegian action thriller does have a couple of scenes that you will need to take with a pinch of salt. If you don’t mind that, then you’re in for a treat. With a cool script based on Jo Nesbø’s

Directors

Headhunters (2011)

Morten Tyldum’s highly entertaining Norwegian action thriller does have a couple of scenes that you will need to take with a pinch of salt. If you don’t mind that, then you’re in for a treat. With a cool script based on Jo Nesbø’s

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No Country for Old Men (2007)

The Coen brothers’ breathtaking adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel is one of the finest crime thrillers ever produced. A nerve-wracking and original screenplay with sly wit and tense action sequences is played out brilliantly by a cast which includes Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Tommy

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No Country for Old Men (2007)

The Coen brothers’ breathtaking adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel is one of the finest crime thrillers ever produced. A nerve-wracking and original screenplay with sly wit and tense action sequences is played out brilliantly by a cast which includes Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Tommy

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Man Bites Dog (1992)

This controversial Belgian comedy drama is a sometimes shockingly violent yet effective satire on the complicity and often culpability of the media in our desensitisation to violence. One of the blackest comedies you’ll ever see, “Man Bites Dog” will have you laughing at scenes

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Man Bites Dog (1992)

This controversial Belgian comedy drama is a sometimes shockingly violent yet effective satire on the complicity and often culpability of the media in our desensitisation to violence. One of the blackest comedies you’ll ever see, “Man Bites Dog” will have you laughing at scenes

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Nikita (1990)

Luc Besson’s stylish French action thriller stars Anne Parillaud in an intense performance with great supporting roles played by Marc Duret, Patrick Fontana and Jean Reno. The sharp script, exciting action scenes and complexly layered characters all go towards creating a

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Nikita (1990)

Luc Besson’s stylish French action thriller stars Anne Parillaud in an intense performance with great supporting roles played by Marc Duret, Patrick Fontana and Jean Reno. The sharp script, exciting action scenes and complexly layered characters all go towards creating a

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12 Angry Men (1957)

A powerful and iconic legal drama, 12 Angry Men stars Henry Fonda in one of his career’s best performances. Directed by Sidney Lumet, with an incredible supporting cast, this film takes us on an exhilarating journey, masterful in both storyline and cinematography. The

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12 Angry Men (1957)

A powerful and iconic legal drama, 12 Angry Men stars Henry Fonda in one of his career’s best performances. Directed by Sidney Lumet, with an incredible supporting cast, this film takes us on an exhilarating journey, masterful in both storyline and cinematography. The

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Frozen River (2008)

This impressive low-budget crime drama is set in and around the socially deprived Mohawk reservation which stretches between upstate New York and southern Quebec. The protagonists are two women, one white, the other a Mohawk Indian, who live in shabby house

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Frozen River (2008)

This impressive low-budget crime drama is set in and around the socially deprived Mohawk reservation which stretches between upstate New York and southern Quebec. The protagonists are two women, one white, the other a Mohawk Indian, who live in shabby house

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The Guard (2011)

In this lovely little comedy set in Ireland, Brendan Gleeson plays an unorthodox rural garda (policeman) who has to team up with an FBI agent (Don Cheadle) to catch some international criminals. The mismatching of these two coppers from very

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The Guard (2011)

In this lovely little comedy set in Ireland, Brendan Gleeson plays an unorthodox rural garda (policeman) who has to team up with an FBI agent (Don Cheadle) to catch some international criminals. The mismatching of these two coppers from very

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Death Wish (1974)

Death Wish is the first film in the history of cinema with a civilian hero killing other civilians. It spawned four sequels and became one of the  most copied film ever. Charles Bronson plays an architect who, for personal reasons, takes on the

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Death Wish (1974)

Death Wish is the first film in the history of cinema with a civilian hero killing other civilians. It spawned four sequels and became one of the  most copied film ever. Charles Bronson plays an architect who, for personal reasons, takes on the

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Nine Queens (2000)

Nothing is as it seems in Fabián Bielinsky’s fabulous Argentinian crime thriller, Nine Queens. This award-winning film, set in the world of con men and thieves in Buenos Aires, follows a couple of grifters as they go about their daily lives of

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Nine Queens (2000)

Nothing is as it seems in Fabián Bielinsky’s fabulous Argentinian crime thriller, Nine Queens. This award-winning film, set in the world of con men and thieves in Buenos Aires, follows a couple of grifters as they go about their daily lives of

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Memories of Murder (2003)

Based on a true case involving the murders of several women between 1986-91 in provincial South Korea, Memories of Murder follows the investigation by the local police force. Bong Joon-Ho’s remarkable film, marked by incongruous comedy, takes us beyond the details

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Memories of Murder (2003)

Based on a true case involving the murders of several women between 1986-91 in provincial South Korea, Memories of Murder follows the investigation by the local police force. Bong Joon-Ho’s remarkable film, marked by incongruous comedy, takes us beyond the details

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Double Indemnity (1944)

Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity is one of the earliest and best examples of film-noir. It helped develop the style on screen which fits so well the stories and dialogue of hard-boiled writers such as James M. Cain and Raymond Chandler. Cain wrote

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Double Indemnity (1944)

Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity is one of the earliest and best examples of film-noir. It helped develop the style on screen which fits so well the stories and dialogue of hard-boiled writers such as James M. Cain and Raymond Chandler. Cain wrote

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Surveillance (2008)

Surveillance is an exciting, violent crime thriller which tells its intriguing story from several viewpoints and leaves you guessing. Jennifer Chambers Lynch’s directing is sharp, and the story is good, but it is the excellent rendition of the dialogue by

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Surveillance (2008)

Surveillance is an exciting, violent crime thriller which tells its intriguing story from several viewpoints and leaves you guessing. Jennifer Chambers Lynch’s directing is sharp, and the story is good, but it is the excellent rendition of the dialogue by

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Le Trou (1960)

Jacques Becker’s masterpiece Le Trou a.k.a. The Hole is one of cinema’s greatest prison films. Becker retells this real-life story with uncompromising realism, forcing us to share in the protagonists’ physical and mental anguish. Le Trou’s gritty edge is further accentuated by

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Le Trou (1960)

Jacques Becker’s masterpiece Le Trou a.k.a. The Hole is one of cinema’s greatest prison films. Becker retells this real-life story with uncompromising realism, forcing us to share in the protagonists’ physical and mental anguish. Le Trou’s gritty edge is further accentuated by

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On The Waterfront (1954)

On the Waterfront is a crusading indictment of corruption in the New York docks where the Union is all-powerful. As the  main characters struggle over morals, power, conscience and love, the many levels of meaning shift in and out of focus. Elia Kazan’s

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On The Waterfront (1954)

On the Waterfront is a crusading indictment of corruption in the New York docks where the Union is all-powerful. As the  main characters struggle over morals, power, conscience and love, the many levels of meaning shift in and out of focus. Elia Kazan’s

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Funny Games (1997)

This superbly acted and paced Austrian film is out to prove that us moviegoers have yet to become so accustomed to cinema violence that we have lost our capacity for horror and empathy. Funny Games is extreme without directly showing much

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Funny Games (1997)

This superbly acted and paced Austrian film is out to prove that us moviegoers have yet to become so accustomed to cinema violence that we have lost our capacity for horror and empathy. Funny Games is extreme without directly showing much

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Brighton Rock (1947)

Brighton Rock takes the US noir thriller formula and blends it with a strikingly bleak vision of an English seaside town in the 1930s. John Boulting’s adaptation of Graham Greene’s classic novel stakes its claim as one of the darkest

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Brighton Rock (1947)

Brighton Rock takes the US noir thriller formula and blends it with a strikingly bleak vision of an English seaside town in the 1930s. John Boulting’s adaptation of Graham Greene’s classic novel stakes its claim as one of the darkest