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In the hostile, coldly metallic realm of the prison picture, “Starred Up” carries a special intensity. While it maintains a fierce concentration on procedure and pecking order behind bars, the story emerges out of the darkness as one of a father and son getting to know each other for the very first time. “Starred Up” is brutal and intense (effectively emphasizing its hellish setting), but also unexpectedly sincere, approaching the weary routine of inmate life with a barbed but expressive human perspective that’s exceptionally communicated by screenwriter Jonathan Asser and director David Mackenzie, who combine forces to deliver character instead of chaos. Read the rest at


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