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Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (18), available to rent

Film: The Charts

Complacent male-bonding rituals continue to enthrall the public, but this time in Spielberg's Second World War Europe as opposed to Guy Ritchie's East End. Stateside, Something About Mary improves - having slipped to number 2, the Farrelly Brothers' wilfully dumb flick is back on top.

Lock, stock and two smoking barrels

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (right), the heavily-hyped debut from tyro writer-director Guy Ritchie, is the perfect post-pub crowd- pleaser. Set in a cockney-inflected underworld where Tarantino meets Ealing, it follows the exploits of four friends as they attempt to pay-off a six- figure gambling debt by robbing their villainous neighbours. The result: a high body count, and a sometimes confusing tangle of criss-crossing sub-plots. There's nothing subtle about Ritchie's screenplay, and only football's hard-man, Vinnie Jones, who is menacing as a paternalistic debt collector, brings a hint of shading to his characterisation. But LS&2SB is made with such style, rude energy, and humour that its rough edges not only don't matter, but ultimately add to its populist - and very British - charm. On general release

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Stephen Marks: No Marks for subtlety

Not content with causing outrage with the FCUK ad campaign for his company French Connection, Stephen Marks has now put his money behind the film being tipped as the next Reservoir Dogs, starring one Vinnie Jones. Beverley D'Silva meets the millionaire who gets a kick from controversy. Photograph by Sam Piyasena

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