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75 THRILL Dir-Scr Ian Nelms, Eshom Nelms. Prod John J. Kelly, Brad Johnson, Parisa Caviani. With John Hawkes, Anthony Anderson, Octavia Spencer. USA 2016. 91min. UK Distribution Netflix WED 4 THU 5 SUN 15 20:45 NFT1 12:30 HAYMARKET 20:40 CENTRAL Dir Santiago Mitre. Prod Hugo Sigman, Fernando Bovaira, Matías Mosteirín, Didar Domehri, Simón de Santiago, Fernando Brom, Agustina Llambi Campbell, Leticia Cristi, Axel Kuschevatzky. Scr Santiago Mitre, Mariano Llinás. With Ricardo Darín. Argentina-Spain- France 2017. 114min. Sales Film Factory Entertainment MON 9 WED 11 20:45 PCC 12:30 VUE5 WED 11 THU 12 SAT 14 21:00 HAYMARKET 21:00 PCC 18:30 RICH MIX SAT 14 SUN 15 18:20 NFT1 18:00 CINÉ LUMIÈRE Dir-Scr Árpád Sopsits. Prod Gábor Ferenczy, Attila To˝ zsér. With Károly Hajduk, Péter Bárnai, Zsolt Anger. Hungary 2016. 120min. UK Distribution Eureka Entertainment Ltd Seven years after a shocking murder, a killer strikes once again in the town of Martfü. Is it a copycat crime? Or is the wrong man in jail? Based on the true story of the Monster of Martfü, this chilling serial-killer drama uses a notorious murder spree of the late 1950s/early 1960s to paint a wider picture of Hungarian society. Though graphic and disturbing – the victims are all women and the murderer’s appetite for sexual violence is never soft-pedalled – director Árpád Sopsits moves on from the crimes and their impact to examine justice in the post-war Communist era. Though by no means as open-ended, like David Fincher’s Zodiac or Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of Murder – against which Sopsits’ film more than holds its own – Strangled shares an interest in obsession and investigation, a story of the pursuit rather than the pursued. Damon Wise Dir Howard Hawks, Richard Rosson. Prod Howard Hawks, Howard Hughes. Scr Ben Hecht. With Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Boris Karloff. USA 1932. 93min. UK Distribution Universal Pictures International UK & Eire Restored in 4K by NBCUniversal StudioPost, thanks to the Cinémathèque Québécoise as well as MTI Film in Los Angeles for providing additional film services. Beer is breakfast for former cop Mike (John Hawkes), an unrepentant loser desperate to get his badge back but burning bridges at every turn. Even his supportive sister Kelly (played with deadpan élan by Octavia Spencer, who is also executive producer on the film) is starting to lose patience with Mike’s lying, drifting and drinking. But he maintains an unfounded optimism about his career prospects, so when a murdered woman is found by the side of the road our low-rent gumshoe dedicates himself to seeking justice for the Jane Doe. Embarking on his own unofficial investigation, Mike soon stumbles upon a Twin Peaks-style vice ring. This is a hugely fun, blackly comic sunshine noir in the Elmore Leonard vein, with a great line in bad taste and a satisfying dollop of pulpy genre thrills. Hawkes, channelling a drunk Columbo, dazzles throughout, giving one of his finest performances. Kate Taylor Howard Hawks’ fast, feisty, darkly funny gangster classic is also a subversive account of a ruthlessly ambitious punk’s pursuit of the American Dream. In charting the bloody career of boorish but street-smart hoodlum Tony Camonte (Muni, superb), Hawks and screenwriter Ben Hecht drew on the lives (and deaths) of Al Capone and other notorious figures – the Borgias included. So Tony, treacherously seducing his boss’s mistress, also harbours decidedly deeper feelings for his sister Cesca (Dvorak), who is herself after Tony’s sidekick Rinaldo (Raft). Meanwhile, Camonte’s other passion is power; he’ll risk anything to wrest it from the city’s crime lords. Taking the mobster movie to its moral and aesthetic limits, Hawks gleefully serves up virtuoso violence and carnage, sly innuendo, visual gags (‘X’ marks murders galore), and delicious verbal comedy demonstrating Camonte’s linguistic shortcomings. The mix of subtly imaginative details and fiery dramatic power makes for a masterpiece. Geoff Andrew SMALL TOWN CRIME STRANGLED A MARTFÜI RÉM THE SUMMIT LA CORDILLERA In this deft, stylish thriller Ricardo Darín excels as an Argentine President who realises there is no such thing as a personal life in the cut throat political arena. President Hernán Blanco is attending a key summit in Chile to discuss a new Southern Oil Alliance that could have lasting consequences for power relations in Latin America. As Blanco and his backstage team try to deal with differing political agendas, an escalating personal crisis threatens to derail the diplomatic discourse, with grave consequences for all. The top-notch cast includes Gloria’s Paulina García and Wild Tales’ Erica Rivas. Alberto Iglesias contributes an atmospheric score that powers the narrative. And the screenplay, by director Santiago Mitre and Mariano Llinás, proves as unsettling as it is enjoyable, delivering an intriguing rollercoaster ride that regards politics as a business where you’re never quite sure who or what it is you’re dealing with. Maria Delgado SCARFACE TREASURES


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