The Golem pens a confessional diary directly over the pages of the De Quincey essay at the British Museum’s Reading Room. Kildare doesn’t merely interrogate them.

Even his quiet can serve as a prod. (Ackroyd’s title was In a godless universe the Golem strives to achieve eternal fame.

Because he severs the phallus of a Jewish intellectual and leaves it on a book open to a chapter on the mythic Golem, the clay homunculus that a rabbi brings to life and then must struggle to control. When the music-hall star Elizabeth Cree is accused of poisoning her husband, John, on the same night as the last Golem murder, Inspector John Kildare discovers evidence linking John Cree to the Golem murders and wants to solve the cases before Elizabeth is hanged.

London is murky, the murders are gruesome, the police are determined and the suspects tell veiled tales that may or may not be the truth. Elem Klimov’s monolithic war films finally makes its way to DVD and Blu-Ray

But it's young British actress Olivia Cooke who does the heavy lifting.

A nun ministering to the city’s poor defends Karl Marx as their champion. Playing the cherubic-looking "Little Lizzie", a music hall performer from very humble origins, she's the film's vital organs � a deft mix of cunning, pizzazz, virtue and poise. The mist-filled cityscapes prove variously eye-popping and eerie at different times of night or day. I didn't quite understand the killers motive for … As Kildare reads from the diary, each suspect must transcribe, in his own handwriting, the Golem’s account of a murder.

Men who play God by saving lives—is it really so different, I wonder, from playing God by taking lives?” By then, Kildare has convinced himself of a connection between his Golem investigation and the trial of Lizzie Cree.

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The shock shoots out from the jolting contrast between the escalating atrocities and the Golem’s florid intellectualism. We want him to succeed for his own sake, too.

Having found a diary written by the Golem of the crimes, in a book on the art of murder, kept in the reading room of the library, Kildare determines that the Golem must be one of the four men in the library on the date of the last entry; Dan Leno , Karl Marx , George Gissing and John Cree. He proceeds to examine the Golem’s fellow reading-room habitués—a group that includes Karl Marx (Henry Goodman), George Gissing (Morgan Watkins), and music-hall phenomenon Leno. Instead, they myopically focus on John's need to rule out suspects, including, of all historical figures, Karl Marx (a joylessly campy Henry Goodman , who thankfully is only in one interminable scene).

Journalists seizing on the public taste for gore and melodrama dub the murderer the Golem, after the Jewish legend. He transforms politeness and restraint into prime investigative tools. It reminds me of what the final director of the actual The murders are as grisly as any horror movie’s, but Medina and Goldman eschew gross-out or “Gotcha!” moments. Found this to be a solid enough thriller up until the final quarter of the film where it sort of seems to stumble. She pulls the movie toward deeply felt extremes of vulnerability, awe, bravado, and ambition without snapping its tether.

Not surprisingly, this atypical part requires Nighy to stretch beyond his usual tour de force of dithering and indirection.

It’s a lucky talent to have in a sardonic drama that pivots on people masking their true selves in theater and society.Alan Rickman, originally cast as Kildare, died early in 2016. In the movie’s inspired framing device, music-hall phenomenon Dan Leno (Douglas Booth), Lizzie’s mentor and best friend, stages his own re-creation of her trial with upsetting results.