Woody Allen wrote and directed this London-set feature, a modern noir with black comic trimmings. Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor play working class brothers who dream of better things than their respective mechanic and restaurant jobs. Hard-drinking Terry (Farrell) has a weakness for gambling, while brother Ian (McGregor) hankers for the finer things when he starts dating a very ambitious actress (Hayley Atwell). Fate deals a hand when their rich American uncle (Tom Wilkinson) slinks into London with a murderous proposition. Named for the boat the lads buy during a rare flush moment–a symbol of the morally compromising power of money and the inevitability, perhaps, of fate–CASSANDRA’S DREAM is another of Allen’s loving looks at moneyed urbanites and their penchant for living out Greek tragedy, a la MATCH POINT and CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS. This time around, it’s a bit darker, but with Farrell and McGregor in the leads, there’s plenty of star power. The lads are clearly having a ball acting under Allen’s direction, and they’re allowed to develop a charming, rapid-fire fraternal rapport that carries the film–along with Wilkinson’s old-school gravitas and Atwell’s luminous charisma. Phillip Glass composed the score.