AM I BLACK ENOUGH FOR YOU (12A)
DIRECTED by Goran Olsson, this fascinating documentary pays tribute to legendary Philadelphia soul artist Billy Paul, who rose to fame in the 1970s with his song Me And Mrs Jones, which stormed the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
However, the follow-up song Am I Black Enough For You faded without trace, almost ending Paul's career at a time when the civil rights movement was giving birth to soul music.
Olsson's film interviews Paul and his wife, Blanche, as they recall this volatile period in their lives, the relationship with record executive Kenny Gamble, and racial tensions within America of that era.
STAR RATING: ***
PUBLIC ENEMIES (15)
DIRECTOR Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider) surveys a volatile period in his country's history in a slow-burning crime thriller based on Bryan Burrough's book Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave And The Birth Of The FBI, 1933-34.
The film centres on the exploits of charismatic bank robber John Dillinger (Johnny Depp), who becomes a major Depression-era celebrity and a folk hero to the public, outwitting J Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup) and his fledgling Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Hoover labels Dillinger America's first-ever “Public Enemy Number One” and pledges to capture the robber as a demonstration of his department's ability, enlisting tenacious agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) to lead the nationwide hunt.
While Dillinger's gang continues to hit the headlines, especially when the sociopath Baby Face Nelson (Stephen Graham) joins its ranks, the leader makes the fatal mistake of falling in love with Billie Frechette (Marion Cotillard), providing the FBI with an Achilles heel to aim at.
STAR RATING: ***
RED MIST (18)
DIRECTOR Paddy Breathnach follows up Shrooms with another horror-thriller, this time set in a teaching hospital where lowly janitor Kenneth Chisholm (Andrew Lee Potts) stares adoringly from afar at beautiful medical student Catherine (Arielle Kebbel).
When he dares to approach her in a bar, her friends spike his drink and leave him unconscious outside the hospital in the cold, unaware that he is slipping into a coma.
When Catherine learns of his critical condition, she introduces an experimental drug to his system in the faint hope this might revive Kenneth and assuage her guilt.
Instead, her friends begin to die in freak accidents and the medical student wonders if the wonder-drug has somehow released the patient from his body and allowed him to wreak revenge on his tormentors.
STAR RATING: **