mon 23/05/2022

crime

Ozark, Series 4 Part 2, Netflix review - crumbling consciences and a last stand

As the final slew of episodes in the last series of Ozark begins, Marty and Wendy Byrde, ever more the Macbeths of Osage Beach, are “in blood stepp’d in so far” that we don’t much care about their fate. Sympathy has long shifted to trailer girl Ruth...

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Blu-ray: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

The Driller Killer, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer form a self-descriptive yet misunderstood trinity in American cinema’s sordid underground. Originally subtitled Sympathy for the Devil, Henry modernised the...

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The Staircase, NOW review - addictive dramatisation of real-life murder investigation

The real-life case of Michael Peterson and the death of his wife Kathleen in 2001 has generated a steady stream of TV documentaries, though this new series from HBO Max (showing on NOW) is the first time anybody has actually dramatised the story....

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Why Didn't They Ask Evans?, BritBox review - a feast of murder, deception, misleading identities and forgery

For a subscription service that lurks under the radar, BritBox has been surreptitiously delivering some impressive drama, including The Beast Must Die and the Anthony Horowitz-penned Magpie Murders. Now, with Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?, they’ve...

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The Outfit review - threadbare tailor-gangster yarn

“A man walks in,” Leonard (Mark Rylance) begins. “What about him can you observe? What does a man like to be? And who is he underneath?” Leonard is, in common parlance, a Savile Row tailor – “a cutter from the Row,” he insists – fetched up for murky...

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Ambulance review – Michael Bay in excelsis

Speed in an ambulance? Gone In 60 Seconds meets Heat? Reports that Michael Bay’s lockdown-shot LA film would be an intimate, “character-based” drama don’t survive contact with the director’s high-concept, high-velocity MO. If anything, working...

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The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone review - can it pull you back in?

The relative runt of the Godfather litter was hacked out in a Las Vegas casino, as Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo worked up scenarios for an assignment taken on for the money. Coppola the inveterate cinematic gambler, crippled by the dashing of...

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Peaky Blinders, Series 6 review, BBC One - have we reached peak Peakies?

They say this will be the final series of Peaky Blinders (BBC One) and its documenting of the tumultuous progress of the Shelby family, though creator Steven Knight promises there’s a feature film in the works. This opening episode kicked it off in...

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Magpie Murders, BritBox review - not only a whodunnit, but also a two-dunnit

Finding a fresh twist on the traditional detective mystery is virtually impossible, but Anthony Horowitz made a bold stab at it with Magpie Murders. Horowitz has masterminded this TV adaptation of his 2016 bestseller, which ingeniously (and...

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Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story, Jermyn Street Theatre review - True Crime musical gets West End showcase

There's a lot of True Crime stuff about, so it's hardly a surprise to see Stephen Dolginoff's 2003 off-Broadway musical back on the London stage, a West End venue for the Hope Theatre's award-winning 2019 production. Whether one needs to see a pair...

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The Tourist, BBC One review - gripping Outback thriller from the Williams brothers

This latest outing from the astonishingly prolific Jack and Harry Williams (The Missing, Baptiste, The Widow, Strangers etc) gives itself a huge leg-up by exploiting the epic lonely spaces of the Australian Outback.The opening sequence of episode...

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Landscapers, Sky Atlantic review - Olivia Colman and David Thewlis star as a pair of convicted killers

In 2014, Susan and Christopher Edwards were jailed for a minimum of 25 years for the killing of Susan’s parents, William and Patricia Wycherley. They’d been shot dead in 1998, and lay buried in their garden at 2 Blenheim Close, Mansfield for 15...

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