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Arrow Video Blu-ray: Dark Blue (2002)

Director: Ron Shelton

Writer: David Ayer (screenplay), James Ellroy (story)

Cast: Kurt Russell, Scott Speedman, Michael Michele, Brendan Gleeson, Ving Rhames, Jonathan Banks, Dash Mihok, Kurupt, Lolita Davidovich

Cert: 15

Running time: 118mins

Year: 2002


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What’s the story: On the eve of the 1992 LA riots, corrupted police officer Eldon Perry (Russell) watches his world of power and control begin to collapse.

What’s the verdict: Ask most people to name Kurt Russell’s best performance and you’re likely to hear The Thing’s MacCready, Escape From New York’s Snake Plissken, Tombstone’s Wyatt Earp, The Hateful Eight’s John Ruth, or Elvis’, er, Elvis.

There may even be some who cite The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes’ Dexter...

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Straight Outta Compton

Straight-Outta-Compton-final-posterDirector: F. Gary Gray

Writers: Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff

Cast: Jason Mitchell, O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Corey Hawkins, Paul Giamatti, R. Marcos Taylor

Cert: 15

Running time: 147mins

Year: 2015

The lowdown: Energetic and self-aggrandising, the story of legendary rap outfit N.W.A arrives with all the posturing and anger befitting the group who lit a fire under 1980s pop culture. Following the standard rags-to-riches biopic plotline, the police discrimination and re-enactments of the post-Rodney King LA riots nonetheless pack a 9mm punch due to their on-going relevance. But, for characters this larger-than-life a warts n’ all telling of their story would have been spicier than merely printing the legend.

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The full verdict: With Ice Cube, Dr...

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