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Darkest Hour, Mukkabaaz, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Mark Kermode joins Jane Hill to talk about the week's cinema and DVD releases, including Darkest Hour, Mukkabaaz and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.


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on BBC News, it's time for the film

reviewment

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-- review.

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Hello and welcome to the Film Review

on BBC News.

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To take us through this week's

cinema releases is Mark Kermode.

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So Mark, what do we have this week?

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We have Darkest Hour, for which Gary

Oldman is tipped for Oscars. We have

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Mukkabaaz a boxing movie come

political romance. And Three

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Billboards.

Darkest Hour, you wait

years for a Churchill film to come

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along and you get two at once

We

reviewed Churchill on the show a few

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months ago. The story was that Brian

Cox was playing brilliantly, I

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think, Churchill anxiety ridden in

the run up to D-Day. Now Gary Oldman

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as Churchill, anxiety ridden around

the time of Dunkirk. It's 1940. The

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Nazis are sweeping across Europe,

the resistance is crumbling

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everywhere. He's being advised to

appease rather than fight. Here's a

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clip.

Nothing even remotely

patriotic in death or glory if the

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odds are firmly on the former.

Nothing inglorious in trying to

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shorten a war that we are clearly

losing.

Losing! Europe is still...

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Europe is lost. And before our

forces are wiped out completely, now

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is the time to negotiate. In order

to obtain the best conditions

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possible. Hitler will not insist on

outrageous terms. He will know his

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own weaknesses. He will be

reasonable.

When will the lessons be

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learned? When will the lesson be

learned? ! How many more dictators

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must be woulded, a-- wooed,

appeased, before we learn! You

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cannot reason with a tiger when your

head is in its mouth.

That is pretty

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much the give me an award clip.

There's no surprise it's got such

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awards buzz about it.

He won a

Golden Globe.

Yeah, I think I

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remember in 2012, when it looked

like he was going to win the Oscar,

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then beaten to the punch. I think

this time may be his year. It is a

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terrific performance, despite being

buried under a lot of facial

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prosthetics, you know, you can see

his personality coming through. It's

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a very interesting take on

Churchill. I think the performance

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has conviction and grit, much as I

really, really like the Brian Cox

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films, this is a really solid,

awards-courting and probably awards

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worthy performance. The problem is

the film itself, which is not as

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good. It's to Joe Wrigtt's credit

that he's trying to inject a sense

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of immediate Agassi and urgency into

-- urgency into a bunch of people

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arguing in rool essentially. But he

mixes up on one hand very well

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created, you know historical

recreations with utterly fanciful

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dramatic license. Such as a scene in

which Churchill suddenly decides to

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take a quick referenda of the way

the British public feel by going on

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the Tube train and asking people

what they think about what's going

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on, in a scene which whatever the

emotional truth of it may be, just

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struck me as utterly preposterous.

The central performance is very

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good.

It's a crack cast.

It's a very

good cast and clearly a crowd

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pleaser. It's going down incredibly

well with the American critics and I

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think, I have no doubt that it will

play very well. I have to say, from

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my point of view there were moments

in it that I thought it was cringy.

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I felt like it was explaining

everything, you know, obviously,

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this is complicated subject matter,

but there are certain moments in

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which characters don't have to be

introduced by their name, their

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title and rank whilst they're

actually in the room with you, but

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the thing that will carry it is the

performance. It is a really good

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performance. I think it will

continue to be rewarded with awards.

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We will soon know in the next few

weeks. What's the second choice?

The

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Brawler, Mukkabaaz, a politically

tinged boxing movie. Young boxer

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struggling to find his place in the

world he finds himself at odds with

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the local big boss. He falls in love

with a young woman who has no voice

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but whose actions speak volumes.

It's occasionally a ramshackle

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affair. The dialogue is full of

cloak we'll can youing. The --

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cussing. The fight series you feel

that you're watching people beating

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seven bells out of each other. It

has the ability to eschew

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conventions and mix in grit and

substance. I felt it could be

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tightened up on time a bit. But I

liked that firstly it is a bit

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anarchic. You're not sure where it's

going. It seems to switch genres at

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certain times. It keeps you on your

toes. I mean a boxing movie should

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do, it is a film which dances around

and keeps you alert. I enjoyed. It

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it's not perfect, but it's a pretty

solid thriller with some sort of

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social things to say as well.

OK,

yeah, that's interesting. Good to

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bring us something that I didn't

know much about. I feel like I've

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read a lot about Three Billboards.

I'm a huge Francis McDormott fan.

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She's most famous for fargo. Like

Darkest Hour this is a major Oscar

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contender. It's a western inflected

tragedy, comedy. This is a grieving

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mother who her daughter was abducted

a killed and the local police force

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headed up by the police hasn't made

any arrests. In a state of

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desperation she decides to take

those Three Billboards and emblazen

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them with signs that name and shape

the police department and say how

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come there have been no arrests?

Here's a clip.

When the DNA don't

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match no-one who's ever been

arrested and when the DNA don't

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match any other crime nationwide,

and when there wasn't a single

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eyewitness from the time she left

your house to the time we found her,

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well, right now, there ain't too

much more we can do.

You could pull

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blood from every man and boy in this

town, over the age of eight.

There's

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several rights laws prevents that's.

What if he was just passing through.

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Put Blackpool from every man in the

country.

What if he was passing

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through the country?

If it was me,

I'd start up a database, every male

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born that was born, his him on it.

Cross-reference it, make 100%

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certain it was a correct match, then

kill him.

Yeah, well, there's

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definitely civil rights laws

prevents that.

You can see from that

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clip that what the film does is it

plays with your sympathies. What

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she's saying there is outrageous.

Suddenly the chief is reasonable. I

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think the real triumph of this film

is it's a tragi-comedy, that's one

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of the few clips we could play

without the swearing in it. It is

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very funny. It can make you laugh

and guffaw.

He writes brilliantly.

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He had a cynical edge before. But

this actually has heart. Because the

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tragedy is if anything more powerful

than the comedy. What you get is a

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story about people who are eaten up

by rage, eaten up by anger, eaten up

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by desperation. It's really a film

about how those things impact upon

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the characters. There are these

lines that are delivered as trite

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little greeting card messages, anger

only begets greater anger. Through

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love comes calm. Yet they seem to be

sincere. What really surprised me is

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how tender this film S yes, it's

funny, yes, very violent. Yes it's

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very dark. Yes it deals with edgy

subject matter. But it has a really

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tender heart. It upsets some people

because all the characters are seen

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to be three dimensional, like Sam

Rockwell is introduced as a racist

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come. But as it goes on, you see he

is a victim of his circumstances.

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That doesn't play very well with

everybody because it is a film about

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moral ambivalence in which there

isn't a good character or a bad

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character. Everybody is in this more

ras. I have seen it twice. Second

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time it was more powerful. When it

needs to be funny, it is blistering

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funny. But it's really tragic. Oddly

enough, very tender.

Goodness. Rich.

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Very rich film.

Yes, I'd be

interested to know what you think

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about it.

We can discuss next week,

for now, I know Best Out is another

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film, stunning scenery, beautiful

setting, but bleak as well.

Yes

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hostiles the end of an era western.

Christian Bale is a battle hardened

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captain ordered to take his nemesis

back to his sacred lands to die. It

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is a film therefore about coming to

terms with the legacy of violence.

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Actually the reason I've chosen it

is because it has a brilliant score,

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which is really einvolve Tiff. The

-- evocative. It seems to come out

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of the landscape. It really captured

me. I think it's not getting perhaps

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the attention that it should have

got. It's a very interesting piece

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of work. It's called Hos tiles. It's

worning it for the score alone --

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worth it for the score alone.

For

DVD, one of the films of last year

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Detroit. Why isn't that on the film

radar

I don't begin to understand.

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So well made.

Anatomy of an

uprising. Both actors brilliant. I

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would have had both of them in

Supporting Actor nominations.

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Fantastically directed yet somehow

it seems to have slipped off the

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radar, which is a shame. I thought

it was a really gripping piece of

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work.

Absolutely. A hard watch, but

brilliant.

It has to be tough

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because of the subject matter. It

would be wrong if it waebts.

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Absolutely. This is the chance to

see it if you didn't see it in the

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cinema. Thank you very much. See you

next week. There is of course, more

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film news and reviews from across

the BBC on the website. You know the

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address, bbc.co.uk/Mark Kermode.

Find our previous programmes on the

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BBCi player. It's a busy week at the

cinema. Enjoy your cinema going. See

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-- you next time, bye-bye.

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