Hoskins and Mirren go all the way with these make-or-break parts. Mirren creates a gal who's smart, sensual, and tough, able to control most of her big shot's detonations and even, in a wrestling feint, calm him to a standstill. (Mirren was great fun in the action comedy "Red," but here she really packs an emotional punch.) And Hoskins does more with his cheeks and jowls than Richard Nixon ever did. The felt life Hoskins packs into Shand's bowling-pin body and pinsetter's voice enables director Mackenzie to put a vicious spin on the "Little Caesar" kind of gangster film -- with British accents, and on an epic scale.