Charles Gant

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Review: 'Offender'

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Comparisons with Alan Clarke's justly venerated British reform-school classic "Scum" (1979) are unlikely to flatter new entrants to the genre, but feature debutant Ron Scalpello bravely attempts a…

'The Sweeney'
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Review: 'The Sweeney'

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Bash first, ask questions later is the default setting for the elite police unit in "The Sweeney," a defiantly anachronistic actioner named after the copshow that topped British TV ratings in the…

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'After Lucia'
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Review: 'After Lucia'

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The hot-button topic of school bullying provides an attention-grabbing hook for "After Lucia," the grimly persuasive sophomore feature from Mexican writer-helmer-producer Michel Franco ("Daniel and…

Broken
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Review: 'Broken'

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Melding heightened drama with quirky, state-of-the-nation social realism, the pic aims to undercut epic plot contrivance with naturalistic perfs and a lyrical shooting style.

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Review: 'Outside Bet'

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Blighty's mid-1980s battles between publishers and print unions provide the unlikely backdrop for "Outside Bet," a strained caper about a bunch of south London pals who pool their resources to buy a…

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