June 2000

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#Get Smarter

The British gangster movie used to be proud of its realist tradition. Now it's been taken over by new lad Tarantino wannabes nostalgic for the old days of white cockney omnipotence. It's time they were taught a lesson, says Danny Leigh

#Vanishing Americans

Wisconsin Death Trip is about the huge amount of tragic death attending the small community of Black River Falls in the 1890s, but it's also a gothic parable of frontier hubris argues Michael Eaton

Binoche The Erotic Face

As two new costume dramas, La Veuve de Saint-Pierre and Les Enfants du si├Ęcle, cast Juliette Binoche as a tragic muse, Ginette Vincendeau wonders if she can ever explore her full potential

O Lucky Man

Intelligent stars such as George Clooney and John Cusack flock to work with Stephen Frears. He gets so many good scripts like High Fidelity he says he has a golden letterbox. Colin MacCabe thinks it's because he's such a great collaborator

Lunatics On The Pitch

Its producer calls it "career suicide" but Chris Petit's and Iain Sinclair's Asylum is as strange a piece of British television as you're likely to see, matching roughed-up imagery to Sinclair's uniquely visionary writing style. By Kevin Jackson

Selected reviews

#Film of the Month: Gladiator

Ridley Scott's Gladiator gives the sword-and-sandal genre a CGI makeover, mixing bloody spectacle with sly political satire. It's his best film yet, says Leslie Felperin

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