- Promise, The
- Belko Experiment, The
- Finding Fatimah
- Free Fire
- Their Finest
- Fast & Furious 8
- Hatton Garden Job, The
- Boss Baby, The (3D)
- Autopsy of Jane Doe, The
- Lost City of Z, The
- City of Tiny Lights
- Quiet Passion, A
- Void, The
- Man Down
- Ghost in the Shell (3D)
- Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang
Nice Guys, The
Stars: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Kim Basinger, Margaret Qualley, Gil Gerard, Keith David, Beau Knapp, Murielle Telio, Lois Smith
Director: Shane Black
This comedy-thriller set in the Los Angeles of 1977 actually runs like a seventies film. That is to say, it's an (adult) entertainment rather than a comedy or a thriller - its mind on pleasing the audience as much as unreeling a story.
After an opening in which a semi-clad porn star (Telio) crashes her car right through a house and dies in front of the boy who has just been ogling her as a centrefold (mark her last words: they are key to the plot), we meet bumbling alcohol-loving private eye Holland March (Gosling) who, looking for a girl called Amelia (Qualley), gets on the wrong end of muscle-for-hire Jackson Healy (Crowe), who is also looking for Amelia.
Seems that everyone, including a hitman (Bomer), is looking for Amelia, who is not only campaigning about bad air in the city, but also the daughter of the possibly-corrupt head (Basinger) of the city's justice department.
This has all the semi-comic action you's expect from a seventies' crime caper, plus banter between Gosling and Crowe that could be a mite sharper, but works here and there. It's fun all the way through - just don't expect a classic detective yarn.
USA 2016. UK Distributor: Icon. Technicolor.
112 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 15.
Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 2, Violence/Horror 2, Drugs 0, Swearing 2.
Review date: 24 Sep 2016