ALSO SHOWING; Indie Rubbish: Shannyn Sossamon, Patrick Fugit and Shea Whigham in Wristcutter Schlocky Horror show:Shrooms

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Cocaine cowboys Cert 18, 118m mins BEFORE COCAINE came to town via theColombian drug barons, Miami was a nice, quiet place for a lot of old people toend their days. Or so Billy Corben says in this swingeing documentary about theSunshine State's drug wars in the early Eighties, during which time the murderrate more than quadrupled and a lot of gangsters got very rich indeed.

His film, though much too long, details the appalling process, with testimonyfrom some of the cocaine barons themselves. They recall Griselda Blanco, theworst of the species, who murdered three husbands and ordered her WeekendWarriors gang to wipe out entire families.

Grisly crime scene snaps accompany the story, which makes Miami Vice look likea tea party and Florida like hell on earth. "How many people have to die for ashiny skyline?", says a local writer, looking up at the present mounds ofconcrete and glass.

Wristcutters: A Love Story Cert 15, 84 mins .....

ROBERT Redford, who founded Sundance, the premier showcase for Americanindependent cinema, once told me when I complained about the general standardof the festival that year that no one should be surprised to see just as muchrubbish from

independents as from Hollywood. It's just a different kind of rubbish.

Goran Dukic's film proves his point.

It has Patrick Fugit cutting his wrists, entering an afterlife reserved forsuicides and looking for his lost love. It is a staggeringly awful road movie,not much enlivened by the presence of Tom Waits as a wizened participant.Several festival prizes tell me I'm wrong, by the way..

Shrooms Cert 18) 84mins ..

THERE have been worse horror thrillers than this, but not many.

Paddy Breathnach's story follows five American college students on a campingtrip in Ireland, where they eat too many magic mushrooms. …


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