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73 THRILL GOOD TIME JAILBREAK Dir Jimmy Henderson. Prod Loy Te. Scr Jimmy Henderson, Michael Hodgson. With Céline Tran, Jean Paul Ly, Tharoth Sam. Cambodia 2017. 92min. Sales XYZ Films Dir Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie. Prod Oscar Boyson, Sebastian Bear- McClard. Scr Ronald Bronstein, Josh Safdie. With Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Jennifer Jason Leigh. USA 2017. 101min. UK Distribution Curzon Artificial Eye, A24 WED 4 THU 5 18:10 NFT1 11:30 EMBANKMENT MON 9 TUE 10 20:40 HAYMARKET 20:45 PCC FRI 6 SAT 7 SUN 15 21:00 RICH MIX 21:00 PCC 18:00 VUE7 THU 5* SUN 8 20:50 NFT1 11:45 OLS After a bank robbery goes seriously wrong, a small-time New York criminal devises a plan to spring his injured accomplice from police custody. The heist-gone-wrong scenario may be well-worn, but in the Safdie brothers’ latest it’s a springboard into a less familiar subgenre: the yuppie nightmare movie. Except our hero is arguably no yuppie. Constantine ‘Connie’ Nikas (Robert Pattinson) is a two-bit crook whose grand designs exceed his limited abilities. As a result, a hold-up in a Queens bank descends into farce with his brother Nick (Benny Safdie), who has learning disabilities, badly injured and under police guard. So Connie devises a new plan: he will sneak into the hospital and smuggle him out. It sounds ridiculous. And it is, as it leads on to a bizarre all-night adventure that gives the film its dryly ironic title. Oneohtrix Point Never’s pulsing score adds drive to a picaresque story of inner-city gutter life. Damon Wise Dir Michael Curtiz. Prod Jerry Wald, Jack L Warner. Scr Ranald MacDougall. With Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott. USA 1945. 111min. UK Distribution Park Circus Limited 4K Restoration by Criterion and Warner Bros. Dir Won Shin-yun. Prod You Jeong-hun, Won Shin-yun. Scr Hwang Jo-Yoon. With Sul Kyung-gu, Kim Nam-gil, Kim Seol-hyun. South Korea 2017. 118min. UK Distribution JBG Pictures Noir and melodrama come together in a landmark moment for American cinema. Of all the movie stars who lit up 1940s Hollywood, Joan Crawford may just have been the most dazzling and Mildred Pierce was the role of her career. Adapted from crime writer James M Cain’s source novel, the film has a streak of the hardboiled from the start, framed as a murder mystery. But it’s one made unique by the richness of its portrait of a woman who chooses independence over a flawed marriage, building a business empire that is still not enough to satisfy her brattily ungrateful daughter. Gender, family and class all bubble through a film that still feels vital after more than 70 years. LFF audiences have the chance to see it here in a restoration that draws out the endless black of its original nitrate stock, fittingly for a movie filled with beautiful darkness. Danny Leigh When retired serial killer Byung-su is diagnosed with dementia, his daughter Eun-hee encourages him to keep a diary. Secretly recalling his murderous youth, Byung-su reflects on his days as a vigilante, picking off those he saw as human trash. But there’s a new killer in town and only Byung-su can identify him. If only he could remember where he wrote their name down. Meanwhile, his schedule is occupied by community centre poetry classes and roadside beers with his only buddy, the incompetent local cop. A black-hearted thriller shot through with dry humour, Memoir of a Murderer will delight fans of cynical Korean cinema who have no qualms about bad taste. The portrayal of Alzheimer’s is used to ingenious effect, playing tricks with the narrative as Byung-su’s memory eludes him. With Oldboy-style amnesiac lapses and Memento-esque conundrums, this is a twisted tale of fatherly love and killer instinct. Kate Taylor Wanting to see how they do things in Cambodia, a Parisian cop joins an elite police unit trained in the national martial art of Bokator. Their mission is to safely deliver the weaselly criminal Playboy to his cell in Prei Klaa jail. But Playboy has betrayed The Butterflies, a fearsome all-female criminal gang. Their fiery boss (who happens to be a dab hand with a samurai sword) plots a prison revolt that will deliver him into her clutches. Cue a succession of down-anddirty fight scenes as the cops battle a prison full of bloodthirsty inmates, including The Cannibal, who was once so hungry he ate his own balls. This ultra-violent extravaganza zips along in a fun, playful tone. And as an old-school action flick in the vein of The Raid, it wisely ensures the focus remains on the intense fight scenes, showcasing the cast’s jaw-dropping skills. Kate Taylor MEMOIR OF A MURDERER MILDRED PIERCE SAL-IN-JA-EU KI-EOK-BEOB TREASURES * AD


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