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Motherless Brooklyn Rated 15

Motherless Brooklyn

Dir. Edward Norton. USA, 2019. 2h 24m. Starring Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Leslie Mann, Michael Kenneth Williams.

Set in the 1950s, a lonely private detective with Tourette’s Syndrome scours the gin-soaked jazz clubs of Harlem and slums of Brooklyn to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend. Edward Norton’s directorial debut is an atmospheric love-letter to film noir that explores racism, fragile masculinity, and the dark history of New York City.

A brilliant, multi-faceted noir with the composure of an Edward Hopper painting’ ★★★★★ Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

‘Reaches back in time to explore racism and New York City’s history, it also brings us urgently back to right now — how we look at politics and leadership, what offenses we’re willing to accept, what ideals are still worth fighting for.’ ★★★★ Sasha Stone, The Wrap