I’m not going to lie, I actually forgot about this until midway through Thursday. Anyway these are my picks for 2017’s first Thursday Movie Picks.
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This is a favourite of mine and I still remember watching it until 2am in the morning, gripped, whilst my brother and cousin had long fallen asleep. The pro self-vigilante justice theme is problematic as the murder of the two men who raped the daughter of Samuel L Jackson's Carl Lee Hailey was an act of revenge rather than justice, but it’s one of the best adaptions of John Grisham’s work.
Classic court based thriller starring James Stewart as a lawyer who tries to defend a man who murdered the man who raped his wife, citing temporary insanity as a cause for his actions. A brave film, well ahead of its time with its frank and graphic discussion of sex and rape. Gripping for all of its 160 minute run time, and cited as one of ‘purest trial movies ever made’.
Part legal thriller, part horror movie, The Exorcism of Emily Rose is (very loosely) based on a real court case where a priest was tried for negligence in the death of a very ill girl who was believed to be possessed by a demonic spirit. One of the better exorcism movies this millennium, but it’s not much a compliment considering the rubbish that has come out in recent years.