By Jeff Labrecque
Updated November 01, 2010 at 06:54 PM EDT

Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed) transports familiar themes of crime, loyalty, and passionate romance to the U.K. for his directorial debut, London Boulevard. Colin Farrell plays an ex-con who thinks he might be able to stay out of trouble by looking after a gorgeous actress (Keira Knightley). Unfortunately, his former boss (Ray Winstone) isn’t quite ready to give him up. Take a gander:

So it’s sort of like Notting Hill meets Sexy Beast, right? You know, if Hugh Grant had been a killer instead of a bookshop owner.

Farrell and Knightley seem to have good chemistry, but I’m more excited by Ray Winstone, who I’d like to nominate for a J.T. Walsh Career Achievement Award. The man is eerily good playing bad.

Interested, PopWatchers? And who else would you name to the J.T. Walsh all-stars: understated actors who can play all types of menacing?