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THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD (Cert 15) The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford is a visually arresting tale of obsession and betrayal, with NewZealand director Andrew Dominik's arthouse sensibilities. Roger Deakins's gorgeous cinematography and Patricia Norris's breathtaking production design create some truly unforgettable imagery, like the night-time hold-up of a steam train. Hugh Ross's prosaic narration enriches the unfolding drama providing even greater insight to the characters' strained emotions.

HITMAN (Cert 15) Hitman successfully recreates the mood and iconography of the top-selling videogame series, from the anti-hero's shadowy past (he's bred to kill by an exiled brotherhood of the church) to the elaborate weaponry and signature look (smart black suit, white shirt, red tie, shaved head with a unique barcode tattoo at the back.) Alas, Xavier Gens's film is also as cold, clinical and unfeeling as its protagonist, rushing from one frenetic set piece to the next without pausing for such trifling matters as character development or plot.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 30, 2008
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