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The Krays Review


Weak
The Brits love their gangster movies, especially when they're about, er, Brits. Here we have a tale of twin brothers in the 1930s who, thanks to early traumas, ended up turning from upstanding youths into die-hard racketeers. This is their story (from childhood to incarceration), dutifully (and rather artlessly) chronicled on film. Not much to see here, move along.

Love, Honour and Obey Review


Weak
A gangster movie with a sarcastic slant, Love, Honour and Obey seeks to entertain without mental stimulation. It's not The Godfather or The Sopranos, but instead a loose string of scenes brought together in bits and spurts to tell a simple story.

Ray (Ray Winstone, Nil By Mouth and The War Zone) is the boss of the south London mob. Jude (Jude Law, The Talented Mr. Ripley and eXistenZ) is his obedient nephew, and Jonny (Jonny Lee Miller, Afterglow and Trainspotting) is Jude's buddy who wants a piece of the action. Once Jude gets Jonny invited to take part in the proceedings, he gets a little big for his britches, causing trouble with the north London blokes.

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Final Cut (1998) Review


Grim
Premise: All actors play characters named after (and loosely based on) themselves.

Jude (Jude Law) is dead. His final words have been left via videotape, which is rolled at his funeral. What's on the tape? Why, Jude has somehow recorded his friends in the worst of situations: peeing, stealing things from each other, banging hookers, cross-dressing, and worse. The funeral guests then stammer and backpedal and make excuses for their actions.

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The Passion of Darkly Noon Review


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Darkly Noon is Brendan Fraser, a conflicted stutterer recently escaped from a Branch Davidian-esque cult besieged by the feds. His passion is Ashley Judd (blonde, braless, sweaty, and with unshaven pits), whose home he stumbles upon in the woods. What happens when worlds collide? Think Sling Blade, but far sleepier.
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