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Leviathan (2014)

Leviathan - posterDirector: Andrey Zvyangintsev

Writer: Andrey Zvyangintsev, Oleg Negin

Cast: Aleksey Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Roman Madyanov, Sergey Pokhodaev

Cert: 15

Running time: 140mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Best Film at the 2014 London Film Festival. Best Screenplay at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Best International Film the Munich Film Festival. And almost guaranteed a Best Foreign Film nomination at the 2015 Oscars. Leviathan crashes onto screens riding a wave of critical and festival acclaim. All of it thoroughly deserved, Andrey Zvyangintsev’s tale of one man being crushed by the forces of the Russian state being a film of remarkable power and humanity.

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The full verdict: Early on in Leviathan a municipal government judge reads aloud court verdicts on local mech...

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The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street posterDirector: Martin Scorsese

Writer: Terence Winter

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jean Dujardin, Joanna Lumley, Margot Robbie, Cristin Milioti

Cert: 18

Running time: 180mins

Year: 2013

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The lowdown: Martin Scorsese once again proves he’s Hollywood’s most dazzling movie magician with a drug and sex fuelled cautionary tale of corporate greed that is a blast to watch but you wouldn’t want to live there. DiCaprio delivers an astonishing, vanity-free performance as grade-A scumbag Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker who makes Gordon Gekko look like Robin Hood...

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Welcome to the Punch

WTTP_Quad_Art 4Director: Eran Creevy

Cast: James McAvoy, Mark Strong, David Morrissey, Angela Riseborough, Johnny Harris, Peter Mullan

Cert: 15

Running time: 96mins

Year: 2013

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The lowdown: Writer/director/Ridley Scott protégé Eran Creevy follows micro-budgeted winner Shifty with an ambitious crime epic.  James McEvoy and Mark Strong lead a strong British cast and there is plot and gunfights to spare, but what Welcome to the Punch lacks is a ring of authenticity or voice of its own.  Creevy remains an undoubted talent to watch, but will need to bring something fresh to his style if it’s going to replace his substance.

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The full verdict: The title appears onscreen piece-by-piece, Alien style...

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