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Margin Call; Cosmopolis; Friends with Kids

A couple of years ago, electrifying presence Paul Bettany confessed that he had become so disillusioned with the romcoms and fantasy romps that were his bread and butter (handsomely paying the bills without feeding his soul) that he considered withdrawing from the cinema altogether. This would have been a great loss because Bettany (who acted Russell Crowe off the screen in both A Beautiful Mind and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) remains one of the UK's most charismatic and reliably watchable screen exports, a Malcolm McDowell for the 21st century. Thankfully the actor's faith in the medium was restored by a script that would go on to garner an unexpected but thoroughly deserved Oscar nomination for writer/director Jc Chandor, forming the backbone of a film that would prove conclusively that Bettany still had within him the fire so spectacularly »

- Mark Kermode

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