End Of Watch – DVD Review

Written and directed by David Ayer, End Of Watch follows the daily grind of two young LA police officers – Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Peña) – who are partners and friends, and documents what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves. As the two discover a secret that makes them the target of the country’s most dangerous drug cartel, their skills, courage, and friendship are put to the test as we see the daily risks they take, and the price they and their families are forced to pay.

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The International Trailer For Gangster Squad Blasts Your Screen To Smithereens

(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)

Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad has a new international trailer this week, giving us a couple more seconds of footage for the Zombieland-director’s upcoming crime drama.

Starring Sean Penn as the ruthless New York gangster Mickey Cohen, the film is set in Los Angeles in 1949 and is a colourful retelling of events surrounding a special task force known as the Gangster Squad, focusing on their efforts to take back their nascent city from one of the most dangerous mafia bosses of all time.

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Everything Must Go – Film Review

(Read this in my publication In Retrospect – Issue 3)

Directed by Dan Rush, Everything Must Go is based on Raymond Carver‘s short story Why Don’t You Dance? The film premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival as well as being shown at the London Film Festival this month along with its release.

The film follows alcoholic Nick Halsey (Will Ferrell) who, after being fired from his job, returns home to find all of his belongings sat on the front lawn. His wife has left him, changed the locks and frozen their joint accounts. Nick, with no one else to turn to, sets up his furniture into his own living room in the garden, but his only real focus is on where the money for his next beer will come from.

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