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WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY JOEL COEN – APPLE TV+  CLICK TO SEE MORE Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand play the toxic power couple in Joel Coen’s pared-down, razor-sharp adaptation of Shakespeare’s Scottish play. The original text has been slashed, and every scene distilled to its furious essence. The best-known lines are still there of course – ‘Is this a dagger which I see before me” and all the rest – but the story of the Macbeths’ murderous ambition is told with ruthless concentration: at 105 minutes it’s about half the running time of the stage play. The visuals are as stark and stripped down as the text, shot in spectral black-and-white on incredibly stylised sets. A very ‘noir’ film.

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