Film review: ‘THE GENTLEMEN’ by Nick Gardener from ‘Built For Speed’

Two decades ago, Guy Ritchie’s quirky, cartoonish but violent British gangster films such as Lock Stock and Two Smokin’ Barrels and Snatch were the cinema equivalent of Britpop to Tarantino’s grunge. Featuring a colourful rogues’ gallery of geezers, hard men and con artists tangled up in convoluted scams, Ritchie’s films were ridiculous froth but still fun. In recent years his

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Film review: TONI ERDMANN, from ‘Built For Speed’

German writer/ director Maren Ade’s long and very quirky tragi-comedy Toni Erdmann carefully negotiates the line between pathos and farce for one of the more unusual but affecting films so far this year. The title character (Peter Simonischek) is a hulking dishevelled man in his 60’s whose life appears to revolve around playing weird Andy Kaufman-style practical jokes on people.

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