Martin McDonagh: The Dark Master

Philip Hollis for TIME

SO BAD, IT'S GOOD: In McDonagh's world, horrifying can be hilarious

Compared to what Martin McDonagh has put his characters through on stage, the ones in his first feature film have it easy. Over the years, the playwright has turned brothers against brothers, pushed a daughter to murder her mother, drowned a priest, broken countless hearts and killed several small animals.

In McDonagh's plays, even the most seemingly normal person can turn out to be a sociopath. In his feature debut, In Bruges , the sociopaths turn out to be as normal as the rest of us. The movie offers up carnage, emotional torment and a racist dwarf as it...

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