Mike Hodges's gangland picture (right) retains a seedy allure, thanks to bleak locations, spare dialogue, and a performance of near-heroic unpleasantness from Michael Caine.
A Simple Plan (15)
Cult horror director Sam Raimi makes a dramatic entry into the mainstream with this chilling, snow-bound thriller about a $4m windfall that brings nothing but ill. Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton star.
Peter Mullan's darkly comic tale of four siblings and a funeral movingly captures the emotional stresses of bereavement over the course of a storm-tossed Glaswegian night.
Cruel Intentions (15)
This sly take on Les Liaisons Dangereuses is set in high-society Manhattan, where Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe plan their seduction with all the cruelty of the original aristocrats.
Woody Allen's latest film, shot in black and white, is a satire on sexual ambition as much as celebrity, and despite Kenneth Branagh's awful performance, it's Allen's most enjoyable work in a while.Reuse content