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Killer Joe; Men in Black 3; Seeking a Friend for the End of the World; The Five-Year Engagement

Six years ago, William Friedkin's magnificently raw adaptation of Tracy Letts's paranoid psycho-thriller Bug managed to slip under the radar of most UK filmgoers, thanks in part to the bemusement of its distributor, which simply couldn't figure out how to sell the damned thing. Not so his next Letts collaboration, Killer Joe (2011, Entertainment One, 18), a deep-fried, jet black slice of twisted Texan gothic that has attracted the kind of attention and notoriety that Friedkin has not enjoyed since the days of Cruising.

Boasting barnstorming ensemble performances from Matthew McConaughey, Gina Gershon, Thomas Haden Church and rising star Juno Temple, this tale of trailer park lowlifes conspiring variously to bump off and/or pimp family members became an outre cause celebre thanks in part to a grotesquely prolonged scene of quasi-sexual »

- Mark Kermode

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