Russell Crowe (beardy), Ben Affleck (suity), Helen Mirren (sexy)

What’s it about?
Based on the excellent BBC mini-series starring John Simm, State Of Play follows a team of investigative reporters who work with a copper to try and solve the murder of a politician’s bit on the side. Characters are a bit obvious: the maverick cop, the rookie journo; but for fans of quality, intellectual thrillers this is a must.

Movie bore:
Brad Pitt and Edward Norton originally signed up for the two leads.