Mi c h ael Clayton
Friday, sbs, 8.30pm, MA15+ (2007)
George Clooney (pictured left) is the eponymous “fixer” for a New York law firm, who’s called upon by the firm’s lawyers to manipulate the wheels of justice in favour of high-profile clients. Clayton’s latest assignment – to rein in his emotionally unstable friend (Tom Wilkinson) – thrusts him into a crisis of conscience. If you like the litigation-themed fireworks of TV’s Damages ,th is will have you riveted. The directorial debut of Tony Gilroy (screenwriter for the three Bourne films) features ripping dialogue and an intense build-up to the final reel. Sydney Pollack and Tilda Swinton lend golden support, while Clooney and Wilkinson are sensational.