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Review: 'Brighton Rock' Perplexes And Fascinates, Sometimes In Equal Measure

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • August 26, 2011 1:58 AM
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Early on in Rowan Joffe’s directorial debut “Brighton Rock," adapted from the Graham Greene novel, sociopathic protagonist Pinkie Brown (“Control” star Sam Riley) desperately batters a man with a sizeable rock. He does so right underneath the oblivious vacationing crowds on the Brighton boardwalk (circa 1964). This duality is hammered home by a portentous soundtrack and crosscutting between the sounds of children’s laughter and the ragged breathing of the two men locked in mortal combat. Lucky for us, Joffe, a screenwriter with “28 Weeks Later” and “The American” to his name, keeps the film from slipping into self-serving grimness and delivers a smart, sharply acted adaptation.

Anyone Got A Time Machine? Rian Johnson's 'Looper' Gets A September 28, 2012 Release Date

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 9, 2011 1:05 AM
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Roland Emmerich's 'Anonymous,' Gerald Butler Vehicle 'Playing The Field,' Space Actioner 'Lockout' All Shuffle DatesOf all the films to have gone before the cameras this year, Rian Johnson's "Looper" is one of our most anticipated. It's a mindbending, violent time travel thriller, with the best script to date from the man behind "Brick" and "The Brothers Bloom", and features a top-notch cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels and more. After a fierce bidding war, the project, now in post-production, was snapped up by FilmDistrict, who'll release the film through their deal with TriStar.

IFC Picks Up Rowan Joffe's 'Brighton Rock' Starring Sam Riley & Andrea Riseborough

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2011 6:36 AM
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IFC Films has announced that they've picked up the rights to Rowan Joffe’s feature debut “Brighton Rock” for distribution in the US. Joffe, known for writing films such as “28 Weeks Later” and Anton Corbjin’s “The American," penned the adaptation from Graham Greene’s 1939 novel of the same name. The film stars thespians Sam Riley and Andrea Riseborough, with supporting roles played by John Hurt and Helen Mirren.

Watch: Trailer For Rowan Joffe's 'Brighton Rock' Starring Sam Riley & Andrea Riseborough

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 24, 2010 3:09 AM
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After only recently pondering the prospects for screenwriter Rowan Joffe's adaptation of Graham Greene's classic underworld thriller "Brighton Rock," the first trailer for the film has now been unveiled in preparation for its upcoming theatrical release in the U.K. and recent premieres at the London and Toronto Film Festivals.

New Photos & Clip From Rowan Joffe's Adaptation Of Graham Greene's 'Brighton Rock'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 18, 2010 2:27 AM
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At this point, we're not sure what to make of writer Rowan Joffe's directorial debut with an adaptation of Graham Greene's underworld thriller "Brighton Rock."

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