An entertaining gangster flick with plenty of style, Layer Cake asks us to root for a nameless drug dealer simply because he's less vile than his fellow miscreants – and because he's played by Daniel Craig.
There’s no overt violence in A Dangerous Method. But for all its gentility, the latest from filmmaker David Cronenberg is right at home with his longstanding preoccupation with “abnormal” psychology.
Sylvia falls short of being the final word on its subject. Still, the film has some fine moments, particularly a brave performance by Gwyneth Paltrow as Sylvia Plath and a big dose of manly charisma from Daniel Craig as Ted Hughes.
Road to Perdition is a brooding gangster drama – about fathers and sons, damnation and redemption – that continually defies expectations. Superbly photographed and staged, it creates its own detached-but-compelling ambience.
With its gentle humor and forgiving view of human nature, Lasse Hallström’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a low-keyed charmer that will leave most of us with bemused smiles plastered across our mugs.