Gerard Butler, Thandie Newton, Tom Wilkinson | R

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DRAMA
Writer-director Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch) keeps making the same movie, with diminishing returns. His latest, yet another pleased-with-itself look at the big and small fish of London's criminal underworld, starts off promisingly, charting the connections between a mobster (Wilkinson), a Russian tycoon, a chic accountant (Newton) and a small-time hustler (Butler). But flash and technique only go so far. The characters in RocknRolla are never more than clever constructs and, eventually, that cleverness wears thin.