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Reviews in Retrospect

Anatomy of a Murder

Gross and morally cobwebbed, Otto Preminger’s 1954 opus is an arresting answer to the black-and-whiteness of feel-good crime dramas.

Battle Royale

Still serving as inspiration for films and video games, in some ways the afterlife of Kinji Fukasaku’s 2000 cinematic masterpiece is no surprise.

A Kind of Murder

In Andy Goddard’s 2016 adaptation, the precarious line between fantasy and reality is explored within a murky landscape of moral ambiguity in small-town Texas.

The Talented Mr Ripley

A chilling psychological thriller about envy, stolen identity and crimes of passion set in the stunning landscape of the Italian Riviera.

The Two Faces of January

An exploration of appearances, deception and identity in the lush setting of 1960s Greece.

Strangers on a Train

Hitchcock and Highsmith’s outstanding collaboration creates a perfect murder.

In Bruges

A superb alternative Christmas film, this crime drama-cum-black comedy is a contemporary fable that examines the nature of morality itself.

Good Will Hunting

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's exceptional screenwriting debut is ultimately a feel-good movie about the tension between the need for belonging and the search for the authentic self.

Blue Valentine

A contemporary romance-in-reverse that meditates on the mystery of relationships.