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'Filth' an over-the-top wallow in the gutter
'Filth' an over-the-top wallow in the gutter

"Filth," adapted from "Trainspotting" author Irvine Welsh's 1998 novel, is either lucky to have James McAvoy playing its lead character — a venal, corrupt, vice-ridden reprobate of an Edinburgh detective — or oddly unfortunate. Although it's hard to ignore the full-throttled gutter intensity mixed with bad boy charm that McAvoy brings to Bruce Robertson, a man whose larkishly terrible behavior hides deep wells of psychic pain, it doesn't pair well with the bigger-than-life cartoon cesspool writer-director Jon S. Baird orchestrates around him. Even tastelessness requires some consistency of acrid flavoring, and "Filth" uneasily...

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