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Director: Ben Wheatley Starring: Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Jack Reynor, Michael Smiley Running Time: 90 minutes

A high stakes deal between criminals. Clashes of personality, honour among thieves. A job that goes souther than south. And lots and lots of gun fire. If Free Fire was actually made during the decade in which it’s set, the 1970s, then it’s not hard to imagine its ultra-macho story being played considerably more straightfaced. Ben Wheatley and co-writer and co-editor Amy Jump on the other hand, choose to draw out the crime drama tropes to a near-breaking point, not past the point of absurdity but stopping just shy of it, resulting in a madcap action comedy that winds up its entertainingly clashing cast and then sets them against each other in a shoot-out that lasts for over an hour.

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Director: Ilya Naishuller Starring: Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett Running Time: 96 minutes

The problem with reviewing Hardcore Henry is not in evaluating whether or not it is a good movie, but in evaluating whether it can be considered a movie at all. Certainly the images movie, so it has that going for it. Shot entirely on head-mounted GoPro cameras so that the entire film is seen from the point of view of a mindless killing machine, Hardcore Henry is the logical end point of critic’s saying that mindless action movies are ‘like a videogame’, openly coveting the comparison.

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