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Here's an unusual choice - making a film about a character who says very little, and when he does decide to do something to change his life, gets it hopelessly wrong. Hardly your classic hero. But plenty happens around Californian barber Ed Crain in this film made by the Coen Brothers that pays tribute to film noir thrillers (and less obviously, the sci-fi movies) of the 1940s and 1950s. Filmed in stunning black and white, it's one of the best-looking movies ever made, and is built around a great performance by Billy Bob Thornton as Ed, a classic sucker in a world where everyone is on the make.
Bizarre but brilliant existential tale of a hypochondriac playwright whose art begins to imitate life on a very grand scale indeed.
16+ years 119 mins
Critically-acclaimed black comedy that sees a New York playwright in the 1930s lured to Hollywood by promises of money and fame.
14+ years 112 mins
Complex but hugely original and very funny comedy that takes apart the way Hollywood movies are normally constructed.
14+ years 114 mins
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