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The movie is a coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in Astoria, N.Y., during the 1980s. As his friends end up dead, on drugs or in prison, he comes to believe he has been saved from their fate by various so-called saints.
Set in the 15th century, this is the story of a young Parisian lawyer-advocate whose quest for the simple life leads him to a position in a small rural village. Instead of the peaceful life, however, he finds more depravity and intrigue than in the city. At the same time, he is pushed to defend a pig that has been arrested for the murder of a young boy.
"When Steve Emery (Glenn Ford) visit the steamy tropics of Trinidad, he gets more than he bargained for. Someone's murdered his brother, and his bombshell sister-for-law Chris (Rita Hayworth) might be the only one who can solve the mystery. Despite conflicting feelings of lust and loyalty, Chris and Steve must work together to track down the killer before the culprit catches them"--Container
Feature film from Germany. Psychological thriller. Nazi Dr Josef Mengele, The Death Angel of Auschwitz, one of WWII's most notorious practitioners of genocide, is tried for crimes against humanity at the age of 80 in a modern-day Berlin court.
Shakespearian in its scope and themes; revenge, loyalty, hope and despair, draws us into the lives of two brothers fearing assassination; a young refugee working illegally to cover his mother's medical expenses; a cop obsessed with finding his missing brother. Through this dramatic collision of different worlds, we witness cultural and religious tensions simmering beneath the surface and the tragic consequences of enemies living as neighbors.
Yūichi is in the 8th grade and worships Lily Chou-Chou, a chanteuse whose music is lush and transcendent, the perfect tool to escape the pain and anxiety that fills his brutal life. At home, Yūichi rarely leaves his room, spending all his time in the chat room of Lily Chou-Chou's fan website. Little by litte, the reality of Yūichi's offline life becomes unbearable when he is ensnared in a nighmare of teenage prostitution, petty theft, and murder.
Nick Broomfield explores the life of Aileen Wuornos, the prostitute executed in Florida for killing six men. Includes examinations of her childhood, testimony at her trial by Broomfield, and a chilling speech by Wuornos herself.
A crackpot ex-nun who writes pornographic short stories crosses paths with an amnesiac wandering the streets of New York City. When they set out to uncover his identity, they come face to face with his unsavory past--including a vengeful porno actress and ruthless corporate assassins hot on their trail.
Based on a true story, American Gangster is the story of two men: Frank Lucas, former driver, bouncer, and collector for Bumpy Johnson, the so-called Robin Hood of Harlem; and Richie Roberts, night-school lawyer, detective, and honest cop. Frank is importing heroin direct from Bangkok--by-passing the Italian and Sicilian mafia--undercutting their prices, delivering superior product, and making a fortune. Richie, loathed by cops on the take for turning in a million bucks in unmarked bills found in a suspects car, is heading a newly formed Federal investigation force for narcotics, tasked with finding and arresting North American drug kingpins. These two men are destined to meet, a meeting that will change their lives.
Two childhood friends grow up and go their separate ways--one a criminal and the other a parish priest. Rocky Sullivan returns to his old neighborhood to find his lawless life style idolized by the young hoodlums there. Jerry Connelly, the parish priest sees his hard work turn unavailing because of Rocky's corruptive influence.
And baby makes three. Meet Nick, Jr. (and join the boithday bash throuwn by some of da boys) in this breezy outing that takes the Charleses to the Long Island estate of an industrialist who turns out to be a murder target.
"In Nice, the international police force and the Russian mafia are chasing Anthony Zimmer, an intelligent man responsible for laundry of dirty money in France. Zimmer had extensive plastic surgery, and his new face and voice are completely unknown. The only means to reach Zimmer is through his beloved mistress Chiara, who is under surveillance of the police and the mobsters. While traveling by train to the country nearby Nice, the common man François Taillandier, who has the same body shape of Zimmer, is select by Chiara as if he were Zimmer and used as a bait to lure those that are pursuing her. When Taillandier is chased by the professional Russian killers, he runs [to] the French police when the real situation begins to be disclosed to him"--IMDb.
Already stretched to breaking in a loyalty tug of war between Triad bosses and his loose cannon partner, Wah, a rising star in the Hong Kong underworld, finds himself saddled with beautiful, ailing country cousin Ngor. As an escalating test of wills with a stubborn debtor explodes into bloodshed and a mob turncoast instigates a ruthless police crackdown, Wah's growing fascination with Ngor becomes his last chance for escape from a violent past and a dubious future.
Germany 1967: murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism, and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the still-fragile German democracy. The radicalized children of the Nazi generation, led by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof, and Gudrun Ensslin, are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism. The man who understands them is also their hunter, the head of the German police force, Horst Herold.
Sgt. Terence McDonagh of the New Orleans PD has been promoted to lieutenant, thanks to an act of bravery just after Hurricane Katrina. He jumped into the murky, rising waters of a flooded jail to save a prisoner, injured his back in the process, and now he's addicted to painkillers. That's OK, though, because McDonagh is also addicted to every drug on the planet, and helps himself by raiding the evidence room after drug busts. The slaughter of a Senegalese family--parents, grandmother, and two young children--lands in his lap. The prime suspect is drug dealer Big Fate, who causes Big Fear in the locals, so it's going to be almost impossible to find anyone to connect him to the crime. What with his constant search for drugs, his high-maintenance call girl girlfriend, and a father who's drinking himself to death, is it any wonder the Lieutenant's gone bad?
The Beat generation is a detective drama about a rich young serial rapist who believes he is above the law and a young detective determined to catch him. The drama is set in a bohemian coffee house where beatniks gather to recite poetry and perform.
A well-known judge has become a fugitive from the police, with a large reward on his head. A reporter believes that the judge is hiding in a private sanitarium, so she seeks out a private investigator and asks him to pretend to be insane, so that he can get inside the sanitarium and look for the judge. The investigator is admitted to the asylum, and encounters many dangers while trying to prove that the judge is there.
"The corner Schönhauser Allee in East Berlin is the main meeting-point for a group of adolescents. Dieter is a construction worker who falls in love with Angela. She, in turn, spends time with the clique whenever her mother is occupied with her new lover. "Kohle" stays away from home to avoid his dad's alcohol problem, and Karl-Heinz is on his way to becoming a small-time criminal. Due to their interest in western music and culture they are regarded as no-goods and rowdies. Things get interesting when an incident forces Dieter and "Kohle" to escape to West Germany." www.imdb.com
Discouraged by his superior officers, but helped by a ganster's former girl friend, a dedicated detective lieutenant doggedly continues his investigation to obtain evidence that would convict the head gangster of a crime syndicate.
"A lazy, unemployed Southern Californian stoner who loves bowling gets mistaken for a millionaire with the same name. He's beaten up by men looking for money from the rich man's wife and gets drawn into the kidnapping of the millionaire's wife." (www.worldcat.org)
Set in 1940s Los Angeles. Two police officers, Bucky Bleichert and his partner Lee Blanchard, investigate the death of Elizabeth Short, also known as The Black Dahlia, a young woman found brutally murdered with a corpse so mutilated the photos are kept from the public. Bucky soon realizes that his girlfriend had ties to the deceased and soon after begins uncovering corruption and conspiracy within the police department. The case becomes an obsession for the two men and their lives begin to unravel.
This is the story of 1970s African-American action legend called Black Dynamite. The Man killed his brother, pumped heroin into local orphanages, and flooded the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor. Black Dynamite was the one hero willing to fight The Man all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky House. Black Dynamite is ready to seek his revenge and take The Man down.
"General Ahmed has started an inner-city People's Army to try and relieve the misery of the citizens of Watts. When the locals are put under increasing pressure by Mafia thugs, Ahmed's second-in-command Colonel Kojah asks for permission to start a protection squad to take more direct action. Ahmed fears this protection squad will just turn into a vigilante mob, and his prediction soon proves correct. Will Ahmed be able to wrest control back from the power-mad Kojah, or will he be the mob's next victim?" www.imdb.com
Four gang members steal a BMW. However, an encounter with another group of criminals goes wrong, and soon the four find themselves on the run from both the cops and the mob. During their violent road trip, the gang meet corrupt cops, truckers, women, and more, and contemplate issues of loyalty and betrayal.
After spending 4 years in jail, Kot is paroled. However, the consequences of this remain to be seen... He meets Dasha, a beautiful 17-year-old, who has the power to change his life; however, her future is still uncertain.
A classic film noir featuring a cold-hearted killer named Sam Wild who kills two innocent people and actively pursues the woman who finds the bodies, all while being married to the woman's half-sister.
"A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy." www.imdb.com
The "Ward Boys," four eccentric brothers who shared the same dilapidated two-room shack for over 60 years. Living in isolation, without heat or running water, these elderly bachelors had virtually no contact with the outside world--until one was found dead in the bed he shared with his brother. By day's end, Delbert Ward "confessed" to suffocating his ailing brother as an act of mercy, but Munnsville believed Delbert had been framed. Was Delbert, an uneducated hermit with a low IQ, an innocent victim of police abuse? Was it a mercy killing--or was there another motive?"
"Joe Collins, along with his fellow inmates, live under the heavy thumb of the sadistic, power-tripping guard Captain Munsey. Only Collins's dreams of escape keep him going, but how can he possibly bust out of Munsey's chains"--Container.
"When three close friends escape from Hong Kong to war-time Saigon to start a criminal's life, they all go through a harrowing experience which totally shatters their lives and their friendship forever." www.imdb.com
Based on the true story of Marty, a tormented surfer and who relies on his longtime pal Bobby for rides to the beach and South Florida bars, despite the abuse Bobby gives Marty. When Bobby decides to turn his unwanted attentions toward Marty's new girlfriend, Lisa and her best friend, Lisa decides Bobby's reign of terror must end. Lisa forms a deadly plan to get Bobby out of the way for good. As the conspiracy unfolds, friends turn into enemies and casual acquiantances become co-defendants to a murder.
A powerful, award-winning examination of the tragic series of events that followed a desperate bus hijacking in Rio de Janeiro in 2000 that turned deadly when a SWAT team took evasive action against the drug-addled hijacker.
Ace Rothstein and Nicky Santoro, mobsters who move to Las Vegas to make their mark, live and work in this paradoxical world. Seen through their eyes, each as a foil to the other, the details of mob involvement in the casinos of the 1970's and '80's are revealed. Ace is the smooth operator of the Tangiers casino, while Nicky is his boyhood friend and tough strongman, robbing and shaking down the locals. However, they each have a tragic flaw--Ace falls in love with a hustler, Ginger, and Nicky falls into an ever-deepening spiral of drugs and violence.
Sensitive and shy artist Patience Philips is a woman who can't seem to stop apologizing for her own existence. She works as a graphic designer for Hedare Beauty, a mammouth cosmetics company on the verge of releasing a revolutionary anti-aging product. When Patience inadvertently happens upon a dark secret her employer is hiding, she finds herself in the middle of a corporate conspiracy. What happens next changes Patience forever. In a mystical twist of fate, she is transformed into a woman with the strength, speed, agility and ultra-keen senses of a cat.
Catherine hires the illiterate Sophie to work as her maid at her remote home in the French countryside. But Sophie soon falls under the influence of the mysterious Jeanne and suddenly the stage is set for murder, violence and betrayal.
Dark alibi: Chan must act quickly to stop the execution of an innocent Death Row inmate. Dangerous money: Number Two Son and Chattanooga Brown aim to help Chan investigate a murder on a cruise to Samoa. The trap: In Toler's last appearance as Chan, he investigates the killings of showgirls in Malibu. The Chinese ring: In Winters' debut as Chan, a Chinese princess is murdered in Chan's house.
"The goalkeeper of a little-known soccer team is kidnapped by a Argentinean government squad and sent to a detention center. After months of torture, he plots his escape with three other young men." www.imdb.com
The cocaine trade of the '70s and '80s had an indelible impact on contemporary Miami. Smugglers and distributors forever changed the once sleepy retirement community and turned it into one of the world's most glamorous hot spots and the epicenter of a $20 billion annual business fed by Colombia's Medellin Cartel. By the early '80s, Miami's tripled homicide rate had made it the murder captial of the country.
A modern fable and political satire on the Thatcher years in Britain set at Le Hollandais, a gourmet restaurant. The wife of a barbaric crime boss engages in a secretive romance with a gentle bookseller between meals at her husband's restaurant, all observed by the cook. This nightly display of opulence, decadence and gluttony leads to murder, torture and revenge.
A mysterious writer of poison pen letters, known only as Le Corbeau, plagues a French provincial town, unwittingly exposing the collective suspicion and rancor seething beneath the community's calm surface. Brilliantly captures the spirit of paranoid pettiness and self-loathing turning an ccupied French town into a twentieth-century Salem style witch-hunt.
When Batala, the owner of a small publishing company, disappears with the firm's capital, the employees band together to take over the company and collectively publish a series of comic books written by Monsieur Lange, one of the employees. Based on the adventures of a mythical cowboy, "Arizona Jim," the comic books are instant best sellers, and the cooperative continues its great success by producing films based on the character of "Arizona Jim." However, the infamous Batala, who is considered dead, reappears.
"With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, this film examines the conditions that have lead to decades of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles." www.imdb.com
Groundlessly jealous of his wife's romantic past, Enrico Fontana hires a private detective to finally determine whether she is faithful or not. Ironically, his suspicious attitude unconsciously brings his wife, Paola, together with Guido, a man with whom she had once been in love. Paola and Guido's past was clouded in tragedy. Guido had been involved with Paola's close friend's death. Their passion rekindled once again, the lovers even get to the point where they are thinking about murdering Enrico.
Fresh out of jail, Togawa has no chance to go straight because he is immediately coerced by a wealthy mob boss into organizing a heist on an armored car carrying racetrack receipts. After assembling a ragtag bunch to carry out the robbery, Togawa learns that all is not what it seems.
Steve Burns is sent undercover to find a serial killer who brutally slays and dismembers gay men in New York's S & M subculture. Working almost completely isolated from his department, he has to learn and practice the rules of this little society.
With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves effective. But soon the three find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind, known as The Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces Batman closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante.
Story of a cold, suave British assassin hired by the French OAS to kill General Charles de Gaulle. Nameless and faceless, the killer, known by the code name of Jackal, relentlessly moves toward the date with death that would rock the world. The tension mounts as the methodical preparations of the Jackal are paralleled with the efforts of the police to uncover the plot, which gives the story non-stop, edge-of-your-seat suspense.
" Mexico City. 2002, 2006, 2010. A cop. A hostage. A wife. Corruption, violence, vengeance. Three destinies, during 30 days, during three Soccer World Cups. Three ways to fight in order to survive." www.imdb.com
"On the streets, they call cash dead presidents. And that's just what a Vietnam veteran is after when he returns home from the war, only to find himself drawn into a life of crime. With the aid of his fellow vets he plans the ultimate heist--a daring robbery of an armored car filled with unmarked U.S. currency!"--Container.
"Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne's poignant tribute to his murdered childhood friend, Andrew Bagby, tells the story of a child custody battle between Bagby's grieving parents and Shirley Turner, Bagby's pregnant ex-girlfriend and suspected killer. " www.amazon.com
Death and the Compass by Cox, Alex (dir.)
Call Number: DVD 4724
Publication Date: 1996
A brilliant detective investigates a series of strange murders in a totalitarian city of the future. But when bizarre crimes point to a labyrinth of occult conspiracy, the inspector discovers that his unorthodox methods may be leading to his own equally dark destruction.
Light Yagami is an ace student who finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil.
World War II has separated pianist Christine Radcliffe from her great love, cellist Karel Novak. Thinking Karel has been killed in action, she is unexpectedly reunited with him. Now, Christine desperately strives to hide her wartime dalliance as the mistress of a wealthy, sadistic composer. She'll lie to keep her shameful past a secret.
Two convicts escaping from a Southern work gang discover that they are bound together by an unbreakable iron chain and separated by a hatred for each other. But in order to elude capture they must overcome their hostility.
" An undercover state cop who has infiltrated an Irish gang and a mole in the police force working for the same mob race to track down and identify each other before being exposed to the enemy, after both sides realize their outfit has a rat." www.imdb.com
Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins is a decorated war hero who returns home to work as a private eye. His job of finding a missing socialite puts him between the white power elite and the vibrant black commumnity of Central Avenue. As soon as Easy and his trigger-happy friend Mouse find Daphne Monet, trouble follows.
George Campo searches desperately for his sanity after a near-fatal car crash and three weeks in a coma, when he awakes to a strange new life and can't remember a thing. He becomes convinced that someone wants him dead.
Through all their outrageous escapades, the Dillinger gang maintained a certain mystique in the eyes of the American public. To a citizenry in the depths of the depression, the gang seemed almost like heroes, who enlivened their days with fabulous feats of crime. This film provides a glimpse of the lives of those involved in the most interesting crime saga in American history.
Cynthia Hawkins is the operatic superstar whose refusal to make a recording frustrates her adoring public. A young fan named Jules makes a secret tape and is stalked by thugs who plan to blackmail the diva. Jules also accidentally acquires a tape which tells of a top mobster's role in an international sex and drug ring. He must escape the police chief, the cop's henchmen and the bootleggers to keep both tapes safe, and to stay alive.
"Django, a bank robber, becomes one of the most wanted men. The police captain in charge of the case hates Django for taking away the love of his life and he sees the case as a personal revenge. Django is seduced by a young woman who becomes his lover [and] partner in crime. The captain accomplishes his mission capturing Django, who already in jail starts to plan his escape"--Container.
After a bungled bank job, a clever con realizes he needs a new gang. So he teams with Baby Face Nelson, Bonnie and Clyde, Dillinger, Ma Barker and Pretty Boy Floyd. They're not people, they're The Doberman Gang dogs, trained to avoid human error and pull off the perfect bank heist.
Grace arrives in the isolated town of Dogville, on the run from gangsters. The townspeople agree to hide her. However, when outsiders start looking for the fugitive, the locals make demands of Grace in exchange for the risk of harboring her. But Grace has a secret and it's a dangerous one.
A comedy feature about two lowlifes--a small-time pimp and an unemployed disc jockey--framed for a crime they didn't commit. They escape from jail in the company of an eccentric Italian tourist. Set in New Orleans and the swamps of Louisiana.
This formally accomplished and psychologically complex gangster tale pivots on the growing attraction between Joji, a hardened career criminal, and Kazuko, the sweet-natured older sister of a newly initiated young hoodlum—a relationship that provokes the jealousy of Joji’s otherwise patient moll, Tokiko (The Life of Oharu’s Kinuyo Tanaka). With effortlessly cool performances and visual inventiveness, Dragnet Girl is a bravura work from Yasujiro Ozu.
Driver is a Hollywood stunt driver by day, and moonlights as a top-notch getaway driver for hire in the criminal underworld. He finds himself a target for some of LA's most dangerous men after agreeing to aid the husband of his beautiful neighbor, Irene. When the job goes dangerously awry, the only way he can keep Irene and her son alive is to do what he does best, Drive!
Lonely bartender Bob Saginowski and his hardened employer cousin Marv run a bar that is used as a 'drop'--a covert scheme that funnels cash to local gangsters. But when they find themselves caught in a robbery gone bad, and on the hook for a debt they can't repay, both men have to make the dangerous choice between loyalty and survival.
A band of drug addicts, led by a husband and wife team, resort to robbing drugstores to stay high. They are successful in avoiding capture until their luck begins to run out, and the husband has to accept the fact that he must give up drugs to survive.
After accidentally hitting a rich businessman's limousine, Berlin student Jule is hopelessly indebted, and evicted from her flat, she moves in with her boyfrend Peter. She soon learns that Peter and his flatmate, Jan, are breaking into luxurious mansions at night, but instead of stealing or vandalizing, they carefully and ornately rearrange furniture and valuables, leaving obscure messages. Jule convinces Jan to pay a visit to the home of her creditor.
Captain Nascimento from BOPE (Special Police Operation Battalion) wants to find his replacement. Two childhood friends, cadets Matias and Neto, become dismayed at the corruption in the military police. They decide to join the BOPE and Nascimento hopes one of them would become his replacement.
All he wants is to be a mariachi, like his father, his grandfather and his great grandfather before him. But the town he thinks will bring him luck brings only a curse--of deadly mistaken identity. Forced to trade his guitar for a gun, the mariachi is playing for his life.
In the Wo Shing Triad, the oldest gang in Hong Kong, the senior members elect a younger boss as their chairman every two years. This time, lines are divided and war starts when the voting doesn't go how it should.
"Depicts a stunning portrait of the poverty stricken José del Carmen Valenzuela Torres, one of Chile's most infamous murderers. Wandering into homelessness at an absurdly young age, José is on the fringe of society, scraping odd labor to adulthood. Along the way he meets a single mother with four children. Soon, she is cast out of her house, and the group is left to fend for themselves in the wild. A night of debauchery leads to one of the most savage, pointless killing sprees in Chilean history"
McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri, a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by; he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened.
Falcone obsessively targets the Mafia in Sicily when he uncovers mob ties to drug-dealing, pay-offs, and murder. When a godfather decides to expose the inner workings of the multi-family commission, the massive trial threatens all their lives.
In the garishly lit latenight world of Hong Kong, the lives of four lonely people briefly intersect: Wong Chi-Ming, a jaded hit man who wants out of his dangerous, solitary business but is leery of emotional involvement; the Agent, the beautiful partner-in-crime he's never met, but who's fallen in love with Chi-Ming anyway; Baby, a bleached-blonde, nightcrawling cookie who's looking for love but will settle for being remembered by Chi-Ming; and He Zhiwu, a mute, overgrown child who, in the wee hours, breaks into closed-up shops, opens them for business and forces customers to shop against their will.
"Based on the phenomenally popular French pulp novellas, Loius Feuillade's outrageous, ambitious Fantômas series became the gold standard of espionage serials in pre-WWI Europe, and laid the foundation for such immortal works as Feuillade's own Les Vampires and Fritz Lang's Dr. Mabuse films. René Navarre stars as the criminal lord of Paris, the master of disguise, the creeping assassin in black: Fantômas. Over the course of five feature films, Fantômas, along with his accomplices and mistresses, are pursued by the equally resourceful Inspector Juve and his friend, journalist Jerôme Fandor"--Container
"A spoiled school-girl runs away from home, gets pregnant while hitch-hiking, and ends up as a fashion model for a pair of beauticians who like to photograph women committing crimes." www.imdb.com
Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection by Di Leo, Fernando (dir.)
Call Number: DVD 6432-6435
Publication Date: 2011
Four films by Fernando Di Leo, a prolific film maker who explored the political extremism and mafia corruption in Italy during the 1970s by showing how the mafia had debased the working class. Contained in this box set is the Milieu Trilogy: Milano calibro 9 (1972), The Italian Connection (La Mala Ordina, 1972), and The Boss (Il Boss, 1973). Exclusive in this box set is Rulers of the city (I Padroni della Città, 1976).
"Jimmy Fingers lives in two worlds. In one, he's a supremely talented pianist with Carnegie Hall aspirations. In the other, he's a brutal collector who violently squeezes anyone who reneges on debts owed [to] his mobbish, loan-shark father. Jimmy is a house divided. His dual life will come crashing in on him"--Container.
Four adopted brothers come back home to avenge their mother's death at what appeared to be a random killing in a grocery store robbery. However, the boy's investigation of the death reveals more nefarious activities involving the one brother's business dealings with a notorious local gangster. Two local cops, who are trying to solve the case, may also not be what they seem.
This Soul Cinema collection features two famous blaxploitation flicks starring the queen of the genre herself, Pam Grier: FOXY BROWN (1974), about a sexy, no-nonsense woman who's out for revenge, and BLACK MAMA, WHITE MAMA (1973), the tale of two feisty female prisoners on the lam.
Inspired by the true story that follows Alaskan State Trooper Jack Halcombe, as he sets out to end the murderous rampage of Robert Hansen, a serial killer who has gone unnoticed for thirteen years. Risking his life, Halcombe goes on a personal manhunt to find the killer before the next body surfaces.
A young housewife longs for the finer things in life, things she thinks her husband cannot or will not provide her. Looking for some excitement and a way to get the things she wants, the housewife turns to frequenting shady bars and gambling. When the crooked gambling operator cheats the woman into a large debt, he forces her into prostitution to pay off her losses.
A susceptible young woman marries a suave, romantic man never suspecting that he is a murderous scoundrel, obsessed with finding the jewels hidden in their London home. She becomes the helpless victim as slowly, insidiously, he drives her to the brink of insanity.
"A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive." (www.imdb.com)
East meets West in this hip-hop infused samurai-gangster story in which a professional killer goes by the name of Ghost Dog and who lives by the age-old code of the samurai. When Ghost Dog's code is dangerously betrayed by the dysfunctional mafia family that occasionally employs him, he must find a way to defend himself without breaking the code of the samurai.
Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released. Mikael must prove her innocence, but Lisbeth must be willing to share the details of her sordid experiences with the court.
Hoping to distance himself from the fallout of a libel conviction, journalist Mikael Blomkvist retreats to a remote island in Sweden's far north where the unsolved murder of a young girl still haunts her industrialist uncle forty years later. Ensconced in a cottage on the island where the killer may still roam, Blomkvist's investigation draws him into the secrets and lies of the rich and powerful, and throws him together with one unlikely ally: tattooed, punk hacker, Lisbeth Salander.
A long-suffering gypsy sets out to steal from the rich to provide sustenance to his fellow gypsies, all of them desperate and treated like trash by French society. Constatly outwitting the authorities as he moves deftly from place to place with the help of accomplices, this king of beggars ultimately cannot break the chain of displacement.
The Corleone Family nearly falls from power in America but rises to observe the passage of rites from father to son. There is a balance between family life and the ugly business of crime in which they are engaged.
"The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba." www.imdb.com
Five disparate tales of Naples' mafia underworld, known as the Camorra, centered around a housing project controlled by the mob. As adapted from the best-selling exposé by undercover Italian reporter, Roberto Saviano, the film depicts a culture that is thoroughly corrupted by organized crime.
Three mutilated bodies are discovered buried in the snow in Moscow's Gorky Park. Arkady Renko, the chief investigator of the Moscow Militia, is assigned to unravel this horrific crime, but he is confronted by an uncooperative and corrupt KGB.
Makdong is a naive young man who returns home after serving in the army. He now wishes to start working, become affluent, and support his family. Unfortunately, when he arrives home he finds the area (the outskirts of Seoul, South Korea) is economically depressed, and his family are not the close, loving unit he wishes them to be. Making money proves to be much more difficult than he anticipated, as jobs are extremely scarce. Organized crime offers lucrative employment, as the area is controlled by gangs. A chance encounter with a young woman leads him to meet a gang boss who seems to be a little more respectable than most, and when he's told he won't have to break the law, he accepts a job. The boss takes a liking to Makdong's simplicity and straightforward character and looks after him, to the resentment of other gang members. Despite the promise of legitimacy, Makdong gets drawn further into a criminal life.
While practicing the tricks of the trade, a neophyte hacker accomplishes the nearly impossible: he hacks the highly secured Gibson computer at the Ellingson Mineral Corporation. But in doing so, he unknowingly taps into a high-tech embezzling scheme which is masked by a virus that could cause a horrific environmental disaster. In the flash of a nanosecond, the young hacker and his pals are targeted for the crime by the FBI and Ellingson's deranged computer whiz, "The Plague." When they discover the terrifying extent of The Plague's warped plans, the youths pool their skills to launch a massive cyberspace attack, hoping to clear their names and prevent a ecological disaster of global proportions.
"Aimlessly whiling away their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz (Vincent Cassel), Hubert (Hubert Koundé), and Saïd (Saïd Taghmaoui)--a Jew, an African, and an Arab--give human faces to France's immigrant populations, their bristling resentment at their social marginalization slowly simmering until it reaches a climactic boiling point"--Container.
Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff plays a country boy who is ruthlessly exploited, first by his employer, then by the producer of his hit record, and who at last becomes a marijuana-pushing desperado in an effort to live up to the code of his favorite movie heroes.
Shy and Andrea share a secret her parents can never know - the two are in love. But a night of passion leads to the discovery of their secret and a devastating act of vengeance by Andrea's brother. Meanwhile, a shady American businessman has fled with his daughter to the Islands to avoid federal prosecution, only to be drawn into a dangerous web of deceit. A chain reaction of violence is set in motion that will determine whether love can survive.
"Heli must try and protect his young family when his 12-year-old sister inadvertently involves them in the brutal drug world. He must battle against the drug cartel that have been angered as well as the corrupt police force"--Internet movie database, Oct. 21, 2014.
Sam Gold reluctantly studies to become a rabbi to please his family. His neighbor senses Sam's discontent and propositions him to transport 'medicine' for an Israeli dealer. Exposed to the exciting worlds of Manhattan and Amsterdam nightlife, Sam spirals deeper into the lifestyle. As his double life begins to rip his family apart, he realizes the facade behind the easy money and parties. Caught between the two worlds, Sam must make a decision that could bring the entire operation crashing down.
An action-packed thriller about how far one man will go to protect his family. Widowed ex-DEA agent Phil Broker retires to a quiet Southern town with his ten-year-old daughter and discovers that the idyllic setting is riddled with drugs and violence. When a riveting chain of events forces him to face off with psychotic local drug lord Gator Bodine, Broker must retaliate using the fearsome skills he hoped to keep in his past.
In 1930's New York, Bumpy Johnson rules the Harlem numbers racket. When gangster Dutch Schultz threatens his reign, Bumpy realizes that his only way out is a dangerous plan involving mob chieftain Lucky Luciano.
"After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their vile atrocity." www.imdb.com
Tabloid journalist Sasha Gurev has an interesting but not always lucrative job. After an old friend moves into a prominent political post, Sasha realizes that his own work and his friend's best interests have begun to conflict with each other. Unable to protect his friend, Sasha realizes that his only choice is to run and keep on running.
Hank, a retired Sergeant with the Military Police, receives a call informing him that his youngest son, Mike, has gone AWOL. He thought his son was in Iraq, but is informed that Mike returned stateside four days ago with his platoon. When he calls his son's cell phone and gets voice mail, he drives to Fort Rudd and begins to make inquiries, but with each inquiry he comes to a dead end. Then a body is found, dismembered and burned beyond recognition and is identified as Mike. Hank tries to find out what happened, but continues to encounter hurdles. Yet he is persistent, uncovering things no one wants to hear, including himself.
In the third installment of the serial, officer Lau must contend with a marriage on the skids, an internal investigation, and a young cop who reminds him of himself. The pressure, and fear of his identity being exposed, leads him to consider a new life.
"Benjamín García, El Benny, es deportado de Estados Unidos y al regresar a su pueblo encuentra un panorama desolador. La violencia, la corrupción y la crisis económica que azotan al país han devastado por completo al lugar. El Benny, sin otras opciones y para ayudar a su familia a salir adelante, se involucra en el negocio del narco, en el que tiene, por primera vez en su vida, una fulgurante prosperidad llena de dinero, mujeres y violencia, pero al final descubrirá en carne propia, que el tentador camino de la vida criminal no siempre paga lo que promete"--Container.
New York police detective Keith Frazier struggles to outsmart Dalton, a high-stakes bank robber who, along with a well-trained crew of accomplices, has seized control of a Wall Street bank. The robbers turn what initially looks like a hostage crisis into a personal crusade to expose some mysterious secrets. As the dangerous cat-and-mouse game unfolds, Madaline, a power broker with her own agenda, emerges and injects even more instability into an already volatile situation.
Alex and Marcus are a couple whose story is told in reverse-chronological order over the course of a fateful evening in a series of long takes. An emotional odyssey that unspools in reverse from gut-wrenching violence to sweetly observed moments of sublime tenderness.
"The story begins when Alice Postique, who had to stay late at work, discovers her boss Roche with a knife in his back. When the police detective arrives, Alice recognizes him as her old friend." www.imdb.com
A young policeman Sergey works a guard at a factory employing convicted women. A brief encounter with a hardened criminal named Carmen radically changes his life. Though his path from a guardian of law to a robber proves very short.
" The costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, the Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows." www.imdb.com
Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation's streets, and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications.
Two professional killers invade a small town and kill a gas station attendant, who was expecting them. An insurance investigator pursues the case against the orders of his boss, who considers it trivial. Weaving together threads of the slain gas station attendant's life, the investigator uncovers a complex tale of treachery and crime, all linked with a gorgeous and mysterious woman.
Chronicles the downfall of New York drug kingpin Frank White. Frank is a criminal driven by personal demons and an idiosyncratic sesnse of social justice. Having grown rich via his illegal exploits, Frank decides to give back to the city by building a multi-milion dollar hospital in an impoverished neighborhood. He attempts this by joining forces with a Chinatown gangster which, in turn, enrages the local - and very racist - Mafia. Meanwhile, Frank has a hotheaded cop on his back who will do anything to bring him down.
Nick Bianco is a small-time crook who gets caught during a jewel heist. Despite some urging, he refuses to rat out the team, assuming they would take care of his family. When his wife commits suicide, he rats out his partners and one seeks revenge.
When an innocent prank goes wrong, it becomes the definitive moment in a man's life. A forged 500 franc note is accidentally passed to an unsuspecting young man. Ignorant of its origins, he tries to use the bill but is apprehended for forgery.
Bridget Gregory makes her husband Clay steal more than half a million dollars, and then steals it from him. Hiding out in a small town, she grabs the first man she sees, Mike, to keep her cover. When Clay tracks her down, she stands to lose everything unless she can use her sexual power over Mike to lead him to murder.
Antoine, an ambitious young rookie cop from Normandy, joins an elite plainclothes crime unit in Paris. He is happy, but misses his wife, who prefers the countryside and has stayed behind. His co-workers, drinking buddies, and mentors include cynical veteran Mallet and Moroccan Muslim Solo. He also develops a close relationship with his supervisor, Inspector Vaudieu, a recovering alcoholic who develops maternal feelings towards Antoine. When the body of a Polish drifter is found murdered along the Seine, a seemingly routine investigation suddenly turns violent and changes Antoine's life forever.
Julian is a boy with looks, charm, intelligence and a father who sets him up in the record business; he also has a drug habit. His best friend Clay wants to help and is willing to do almost anything for his friend, but Julian is going downhill so fast that he might take his girlfriend and Clay with him.
"In 1952, a Catholic bishop makes an exceptional visit to a prison to hear a dying inmate's confession. Once inside the chapel, the bishop is taken hostage by Simon, a childhood friend. With the aid of his fellow inmates, Simon's version of the events that took place forty years earlier are reenacted. The action moves seamlessly through time between the crude prison and the actual events of 1912. The drama culminates on the tragic night when both men's fates were decided"--Slipcase for container.
Joe Adams, a factory worker trapped inside his third-floor apartment after gunning down a mysterious gentleman, reconstructs the events leading up to the shooting through an intricate series of flashbacks.
"A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City, and the morals of young Pedro are gradually corrupted and destroyed by the others." -IMDB.com
Within the sterile offices of a powerful multinational corporation, two women come to a face-off. Isabelle is a young executive under the orders of Christine, a powerful woman she absolutely idolizes. Confident of her control over Isabelle, Christine leads her into a confusing, perverse game of seduction and domination. A dangerous game that goes too far, to the point of no return.
A case of mistaken identity lands down-on-his-luck Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Slevin begins to be under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat. He finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get to them before they get him.
"A serial killer in London is murdering young women whom he meets through the personal columns of newspapers; he announces each of his murders to the police by sending them a cryptic poem." www.imdb.com
Driven by ambition and an unscrupulous wife, Macbeth murders the King of Scotland and claims the throne for himself. Haunted by ghosts and vexed by witches, he and his wife descend into the depths of madness and paranoia as they crumble beneath the weight of their crimes.
Set in the near future, Paula, a leftist writer, goes from Paris to the French town of Atlantic-Cité when she learns of the death of a former colleague and lover, Richard P. This chaotic crime thriller and acidly funny critique of consumerism rummages through an intricate plot for a former lover who might have been assassinated, and also points toward more political cinema.
Luca Carnali is a small-time mobster and pimp who ends up, through no fault of his own, in a web of a settlement of scores between two main men in the Mafia and is forced to fight against two killers from New York who were sent to Italy to eliminate him. The second film in a triology by Fernando Di Leo, along with Milano calibro 9 and I padroni della città.
"A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand." www.imdb.com
An ordinary British couple vacationing in Switzerland suddenly find themselves embroiled in a case of international intrigue when their daughter is kidnapped by spies plotting a political assassination. This fleet and gripping early thriller from the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, was the first film the director made after signing to the Gaumont-British Picture Corporation.
In a sleepy Northern California town in the 1940s, Ed Crane, a humble barber, suspects that his wife Doris is having an affair with her boss. When a stranger comes into town hinting that there is a fortune to be made in investing in the new invention of dry cleaning, Ed hatches a blackmail scheme he hopes will make him rich and get him some revenge at the same time. His plan goes horribly awry when he accidentally commits a murder for which Doris is blamed, landing her in jail, and Ed at the mercy of big-city lawyer Freddy Riedenschneider.
"A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit." www.imdb.com
Affable Jim Williams is hosting one of the most important parties of the Savannah Christmas season. John Kelso is a magazine reporter who finds himself amid the beautiful architecture and odd doings to write a feature on the party. His curiosity is piqued when he meets Jim's violent, young and sexy lover, Billy. Later that night, Billy is dead, and Kelso stays on to cover the murder trial. Between being Jim's buddy, cuddling up to a torch singer, meeting every eccentric in Savannah, participating in midnight graveyard rituals and helping solve the mysteries surrounding Billy's murder, Kelso has his hands full.
"When police officer Xavier Quinn's childhood friend, Maubee, becomes associated with murder and a briefcase full of ten thousand dollar bills, The Mighty Quinn must clear his name. Or try to catch him, which could be even trickier." www.imdb.com
In the first film of a trilogy, small-time gangster Ugo Piazza has just been released from prison. He tries to convince the police, the mafia, and his one-time associate Rocco, a sadistic hoodlum who enjoys sick violence and torture, that he wants to go straight, but everyone believes he has $300,000 of stolen money hidden somewhere.
"An aspiring beauty queen finds herself in the wrong place at the worst possible time in this explosive crime thriller set amid Mexico's increasingly violent drug war. After witnessing a shooting in a nightclub, the young woman is kidnapped and forced to work for ruthless gangsters in order the keep her dreams, and her family, alive"--From container.
The tale of an immigrant and his family trying to live the American Dream in the 1980s and expand their business amidst rampant violence, urban decay, and corrupt city officials during one of the most dangerous years in the city's history.
"Gang members Sad Girl and Mousie, once best friends, are now enemies as they have both become pregnant by the same man, Ernesto, a local drug dealer. But when Ernesto is murdered, the balance of power on the street brutally changes and it's time to take sides"--Container.
A teenage couple from Japan on a pilgramage to Graceland, a mysterious Italian beauty escorting her husband's body back to Italy, and an unemployed, armed misfit known as Elvis meet in Memphis. Their intertwined tales create a comic masterpiece.
Kitty takes bloody vengeance for her father's muder and finds herself wounded and on the run from the Hong Kong police. She comes under the wing of Cyndy. Also cutting a gory swathe through Hong Kong's most corrupt criminals is lesbian hitwoman Princess, aided and abetted by her sidekick. The cop assigned to investigate the murders, Tinam, is still traumatised by the shoot-out that led to his brother's death. He falls for Kitty's seductive charms and finds himself caught in cross-fire between the various feisty femme fatales.
A psychotic self-styled preacher marries and murders a young widow for her money. He then pursues her children to get his hands on the money, only to meet his match in the form of a saintly farm woman.
A film based upon the testimony of Pablo Diaz. In 1976, Argentine security forces kidnapped seven student leaders who were agitating for reduced bus fares. Four years later, Pablo was set free, while the other six were among the many who "disappeared" during the Argentine military dictatorship.
In noirish darkness, a man commits a shocking robbery. But, as we soon learn, this seeming criminal mastermind is actually a sensitive everyman driven to commit desperate deeds for the sake of his family. Unfolding over the course of one night, Yasujiro Ozu’s That Night’s Wife combines suspense with the emotional domestic drama one associates with the filmmaker’s later masterpieces and employs beautifully evocative camera work.
A pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling, where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents.
Danny Ocean likes his chances. All he asks is that his handpicked squad of 10 grifters and cons play the game like they have nothing to lose. If all goes right, the payoff will be a fat $150 million. All the gang of associates needs to do is stage heists at three major Las Vegas casinos - Bellagio, The Mirage, and the MGM Grand - simultaneously during a popular boxing event.
After escaping from the dreary workhouse where he has spent his childhood, Oliver runs away to London, only to fall in with Artful Dodger, Fagin, and their gang of young thieves. It is only with the revelation of Oliver's true identity that his troubles finally end. Includes original theatrical trailer.
A slightly darker version of the classic Charles Dickens tale. After living in poor conditions, Oliver runs away to the streets of London. There he meets a gang of pickpockets and soon Oliver's life is changed forever.
In a poor suburb of Auckland, Jake and Beth Heke live a life defined by drunken parties, unstable friendships, and confrontations with authorities. Jake, a complex man with a rascal's charm, is weighted down by a quick temper, alcoholism, and an evil streak of male entitlement. Beth's beauty has been scarred by broken dreams and Jake's beefy fists. Yet her inner strength and desire to save her family make her the solid center around which this story of tragedy and hope is constructed.
A group of juvenile delinquents live a life full of violence and crime en one of the most deteriorated, poor neighborhoods in Mexico City. The morality of the youth Pedro is corrupted gradually by other characteristics.
When mentally-challenged Leslie Farber alleges she was abused and tortured in a basement by a group of popular high school boys, Detective Kally Brooks (Ally Sheedy) suddenly finds herself on the toughest case of her career.
Based on real events that occurred in between 1980 and 1981. Dan Mahowney is a quiet, unassuming assistant manager at a bank in Toronto. He is a compulsive gambler and runs up a massive debt with his bookie. Dan's bank responsibilities include approving loans. Needing to cover his debts, Dan starts approving loans to non-existent clients and adding hundreds of thousands of dollars to other accounts. As Dan's debts begin to grow into the seven figure range, his dealings become harder to hide, both from the authorities and from Belinda.
The series is set in Denmark at Christmas time. Numerous friends and relatives are arriving from Poland at the Copenhagen suburb villa of their compatriot woman. On the very first night, a mysterious murder takes place in the house. One of the guests is stabbed dead with a shaman harpoon. The entire police force is out to get the culprit, but the mysterious attempts at murder continues.
The story of what may be the last 48 hours in the lives of two Palestinian men who have been recruited as suicide bombers. When they are intercepted at the Israeli border, a young woman who discovers their plan causes them to reconsider their actions.
After a young skateboarder accidentally kills a security guard in self-defense with his skateboard at Paranoid Park, he falls into a world of crime, guilt, and fear. He desperately attempts to get out as the investigation into the crime deepens.
" A thief with a unique code of professional ethics is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the crew's latest heist." www.imdb.com
"Pépé le Moko is a gangster from Paris that hides in Algier's Casbah. In the Casbah, he is safe and is able to elude the police's attempts to capture him. But he misses his freedom, after two years in the Casbah. He meets a gorgeous Parisian tourist, Gaby, and they fall in love. Native inspector Slimane tries to use her to attract Pépé out of the Casbah in order to catch him." www.imdb.com
Follow a gangster with a talent for violence and intimidation, on the run and looking for a place to hide. He ends up hiding out with a reclusive rock superstar. It all leads up to a shocking final performance for the rock star.
Petty crook Skip McCoy has his eye set on the big score. When the three-time convict picks the pocketbook of unsuspecting Candy, he finds a haul bigger than he ever could have imagined: a strip of microfilm bearing confidential U.S. secrets. Tailed by the Feds and the unwitting courier's Communist puppeteers, Skip and Candy find themselves in a precarious gambit that pits greed against redemption.
Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against Connie & Raymond Marble, a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as "The Filthiest Person Alive." www.imdb.com
When a miner leaves his employer and treks out with his young son to become a migrant worker, he finds himself moving from one eerie landscape to another, intermittently followed (and photographed) by an enigmatic man in a clean, white suit, and eventually coming face-to-face with his inescapable destiny.
Ten-year-old Pixote (Portuguese slang for 'Peewee') is one of three million homeless children in Brazil. Hauled off to a crowded detention center, wide-eyed Pixote witnesses rapes, beatings and other acts of random violence by both the guards and the inmates.
Cristi is a young undercover cop who undergoes a crisis of conscience when he is pressured to arrest a teenager who offers hash to classmates. Not wanting to ruin the life of a young man he considers merely irresponsible, Cristi must either allow the arrest to weigh on his conscience or face censure by his serious superior, for whom the word 'conscience' has an entirely different meaning.
"When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?" www.imdb.com
It's New Year's Eve and Oleg, a Russian Mafia boss, has invited family and friends over to celebrate the end of the year and his retirement from the enterprise that made him wealthy. Behind the scenes, Oleg's empire is crumbling and his partner back in Russia wants part of his money back. After roaches are found in the house, Lisa comes to exterminate them. Infatuated with the mystery girl, Oleg proposes to pay her extra to help clean up the party, and, with luck, grant him a quickie.
An ex-convict with a taste for convenience store robberies and a police officer decide to get married and start a family. To their dismay, they discover that they can neither have, nor adopt children. Desperate, they resort to kidnapping one of the newborn quintuplets of the wealthy Arizona family. However, their attempt at family life is complicated by co-workers, two fugitives, and a mysterious bounty hunter.
Set in the Middle Ages, the nature of truth and subjective reality are probed in a series of flashbacks from four viewpoints to present the case history of a man's murder and the rape of his wife by a bandit.
The story of a famous Brazilian criminal, called The Red Light Bandit because he always used a red flashlight to break in the houses during the night. Working alone, he also used to rape his female victims. (www.imdb.com)
Based on an actual event, a close-knit group of teenagers discover that one of their own has killed his girlfriend. Emotionally ill-prepared, they struggle to differentiate between friendship and responsibility.
Michael Sullivan works as an enforcer for his adopted father, Irish gangster John Rooney. When Sullivan's son, Mike Jr., witnesses one of his father's killings on Rooney's behalf, the gangster decides that his ward and his family are liabilities that must be removed. Sullivan tries to safeguard his son and get even with the man who betrayed him, while his son focuses on bonding with his emotionally distant father.
A World War I veteran (Cagney) returns to New York, innocently becomes involved in bootlegging, builds up an empire and dies in a gang war. Set against a background of newsreel-like montages and narration.
RoboCop is designed to stop a crimewave which is spreading all across America. The cyborg, created from the body of a slain Detroit police officer, is programmed to serve the public trust, uphold the law and protect the innocent. All goes well at first and Robocop stops every sleaze ball he encounters, but there are forces which will stop at nothing to see him eliminated.
Best friends, who are former criminals and trying to go straight, are outed as witnesses to a murder committed by a local Yakuza boss. The police try to convince them to come forward. The gangsters try to pay them off, with the threat of death looming.
"Tobin Frost..., one of the CIA's most dangerous traitors, resurfaces in South Africa after eluding capture for almost a decade. During Frost's interrogation, the safe house where he is being held in is attacked by brutal mercenaries forcing rookie agent Matt Weston ... to take the infamous Frost on the run. As the masterful manipulator toys with his reluctant protégé, shaking the young operative's morality and idealism, the unlikely allies must fight to stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead"--Container.
Jef Costello is a fedora and trench-coat wearing contract killer with samurai instincts. When Jef assassinates a nighclub owner, he finds himself confronted by a series of witnesses, who drop his perfect world into the hands of a persistent police investigator and Jef's shadowy employer, both of whom are determined to put an end to the career criminal.
Marty is a struggling screenwriter who wants nothing more than to finish his script. Instead, he becomes entangled with the Los Angeles gangster underworld when his odd, but well-meaning friends kidnap a volatile gangster's shih tzu. The ordeal gives Marty all the inspiration he needs; now, he must live long enough to finish his story.
Detective John Shaft is hired by a Harlem mobster to find his kidnapped teenage daughter and finds himself up against some Mafia chieftains who want to take over a chunk of the black underworld's uptown territory.
To stop a racist killer Shaft's got to track down the only eyewitness that can put the bad guy behind bars. As Shaft closes in, so does the danger. Up against corrupt cops and venomous druglords Shaft's out to make crime pay up.
When three friends find their new roommate dead and a suitcase full of money under his bed, they have no trouble deciding how to dispose of the cash- but the body is a different story. Their troubles are compounded when they meet the men who come to retrieve the money.
"In Shanghai's slimy underworld, English financier Sir Guy Charteris tries to close a gambling den, owned by the devious Mother Gin Sling. However, Gin Sling learns that Charteris's daughter Poppy is a regular at her establishment and with the help of the coldly seductive Dr. Omar, she lures Poppy into gambling and drug addictions. Gin Sling blackmails Charteris and reveals a shocking secret, plunging them to another level of hell."--Container.
"Shiza is the nickname of a 15-year-old boy. Money, power, and women - he has none of these, yet, in his young life. But, he does have the illegal, underground circuit of bare-knuckle fist-fighting, where he is able to eke out a living by scouting for fighters. When a man is accidentally killed in the ring, though, his life is changed forever. He decides that he should return the dead man's money to his widow and child. But, after he meets the woman, Shiza understands that he has real feelings of love for her. Now, he knows for whom he must earn money, no matter what the cost... " www.imdb.com
This is an unapologetic raw urban drama about two friends raised on the dangerous streets of Kingston, Jamaica. Biggs and Wayne take on the "shotta" (Jamaican term for gangster) way of life to survive.
A collection of interweaving stories all based in the corrupt, crime infested hell-hole that is Basin City. Heavily influenced by film-noir, the main storylines concern a hulking brute called Marv (Mickey Rourke), who is seeking the murderer of a beautiful woman who was killed while asleep in bed with him; an ex-photographer called Dwight (Clive Owen) who accidentally kills a hero cop and has to cover it up; and a soon-to-be-retiring policeman called Hartigan (Bruce Willis) who is incarcerated for a crime he didn't commit.
In the shadow of Mt. Rushmore, lies one of the poorest counties in America, The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. For police officer Rudy Yellow Lodge, the painful legacy of Indian existence is brought home every night as he locks up drunk and disorderly Indians, including his own brother. Rudy's frustration leads him to take the law into his own hands. Ultimately, Rudy is able to honor his big brother, and his people with a life-affirming act of defiance.
A prison truck is attacked and a convict inside is murdered. Daijiro is the penitentiary guard on duty. He is accused of negligence and suspended. Now, he will dole out his own brand of justice when he goes in search of the criminals who put his job, not to mention the live of those he is guarding, on the line.
"A gripping drama that takes you into the ruthless underworld of outlaw bikers. The Sons of Anarchy live, ride, and die for brotherhood. But as the club's leader (Ron Perlman) and his wife (Katey Sagal) steer them in an increasingly lawless direction, her son Jax (Charlie Hunnam) is torn between loyalty and the legacy in this adrenaline-charged first season"--Container.
Tony Soprano is your average, middle-aged businessman. Tony's got a dutiful wife, a not-so-dutiful daughter, a son named Anthony Jr. a mother he's trying to coax into a retirement home, a hot-headed uncle, a not-too-secret mistress and a shrink to tell all his secrets, except the one she already knows: Tony's a mob boss.
Jack Traven, an L.A.P.D. SWAT team specialist who is sent to diffuse a bomb that a revenge-driven extortionist has planted on a bus. But until he does, Jack and passenger must keep the bus speeding through the streets of Los Angeles at more than 50 miles per hour-- or the bomb will explode.
" Four college girls hold up a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation. While partying/drinking/taking drugs they are arrested only to be bailed out by a drug and arms dealer." www.imdb.com
A shocking, real-life thriller that follows the high-profile murder trial of North Carolina author Michael Peterson, who was arraigned in 2001 for the murder of his wife after her body was discovered lying in a pool of blood on the stairway of the couple's upscale Durham home. Did Kathleen Peterson fall down the stairs, or was it cold-blooded murder? As the mystery unravels, de Lestrade's cameras are granted unusual access to Peterson's lawyers, home, and immediate family.
A general is murdered by a secret underground band of revolutionary terrorists in 19th century Russia. The detective Erast Petrovich Fandorin investigates, but he must work with the vice-director of police from St. Petersburg, Prince Pozharskiĭ.
A young mathematician, David Summer, and his English wife, Amy, move to a Cornish village, seeking the quiet life. But beneath the seemingly peaceful isolation of the village lies a savagery and violence that could destroy the couple.
"Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American South Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another." www.imdb.com
Two detectives are assigned to investigate the murder of a 60-year-old policeman at the Tokyo Railway Station. The victim is well-liked and benevolent and there does not seem to be any motivation to the murder. A further investigation finally leads to the discovery of the hidden past of a young rising composer.
Priest is a cocaine dealer who is just smart enough to know that there's no real future in dealing coke, and makes a proposal to his partner Eddie that would leave them with a million dollar profit each. But Scatter, the dealer who set Priest up in the cocaine trade, is both unwilling and unable to sell them that much product. As Priest looks for a new source for his big score, one of his underlings, Fat Freddie is picked up by the police. Freddie tells the cops about Priest's underground empire. Priest is confronted by the cops and learns they want to become his partner.
"After a young girl's mother dies, she is cared for by Glico, a brassy hooker, who gives the girl the name "Ageha" (Butterfly). Ageha goes to work for a collection of oddballs who run a junkyard and salvage business." www.imdb.com
Unable to afford proper care for his dying sister, Ryu turns to the black market to sell his own organs, only to end up cheated of his life savings. He is urged to kidnap the daughter of a wealthy industrialist, but the con turns into a quest for revenge.
An investigation into the introduction of torture as an interrogation technique in U.S. facilities, and the role played by key figures of the Bush Administration in the process. Takes an in-depth look at the case of Afghan taxi driver Dilawar, who died in his Bagram prison cell five days after being detained by the U.S. military.
Comedy about a tireless, single-minded investigator for the Japanese Revenue Service, and her confrontation with a businessman who thinks he knows all the angles when it comes to cheating the government.
Alex Beck is a kindhearted pediatrician in Paris who goes out of his way to help the poor in the clinic where he works. Blissfully married to his childhood sweetheart Margot, she disappears (and he is left in a coma) while on vacation. On the eighth anniversary of her death, the police interrogate Alex after two bodies are unearthed near the site of her murder, along items that seem to connect him to Margot's death. Simultaneously, he receives an anonymous e-mail message directing him to a Webcam video of a woman who appears to be Margot. An attached message warns: "Tell no one. They're watching." He begins a desperate undercover search for the woman, believing Margot may still be alive.
A postwar noir film set in the Soho district of London. An ex-serviceman gets involved in black marketeering and is betrayed by his sadistic gang boss when he refuses to deal in drugs. The story then becomes a breathtaking tale of revenge.
Two convicts break out of Mississippi State Penitentiary in 1936 to join a third on a long spree of bank robbing. The youngest of the gang falls in love with a girl he has met at their hideout. Their last robbery in Yazoo City goes bad and all three become notorious men, who are wanted by the law.
The start of it all! Nick and Nora Charles invite you to bring your own alibi to Dashiell Hammett's jaunty whodunit about a missing inventor that made William Powell and Myrna Loy the champagne elite of sleuthing.
A man goes to see his former schoolmate working at a boiler house and persuades him to burn in the furnace the corpse of his communal flat neighbor whom he has just murdered after an argument. An orphaned girl gets a job in the archives of the maternity home to find out the identity of her mother who abandoned her years earlier. She finds her, befriends her, and takes the first opportunity to throw her into the sea. An old man in a wheelchair has a little girl for a neighbor. She doesn't respect age, but understands that if he dies, her mother will get his room.
"As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the FBI agent looking to bring him and his crew down." www.imdb.com
Traffic is a mural of a war being fought and lost. In a culture devoted to instant gratification and the quick fix, it poses unanswerable questions about greed, corruption, economic inequity, pleasure, self-medication, dependency, and addiction. The stories of a well-meaning politician with a wayward daughter, a rich suburban homemaker who sees her comfortable life hijacked by two earnest DEA agents, and a conscientious and honorable Mexican police officer illustrate the difficulties of waging this war against people who are essentially members of the family. How do you combat human frailty, human nature, and the basic human desire to take the edge off? Are we all not just doomed to repeat our mistakes, but--perversely--willing?
Peregon is a story set on a secret military transit base in the remote Chukotka region, where planes from allied forces came in from Alaska, including quite a few with female pilots, which of course attracted the attention of the mostly male Russian crew at the base.
"Three people in the cab of an 18-wheeler: Alexei the driver, his partner Nikolai, and Marina, a prostitute they picked up on their way. Or so it seems... In fact, all three are police detectives. Their task: to uncover a gang that has been robbing long-haul trucks." www.imdb.com
A boozing, skirt-chasing and hard-living reporter realizes a death row prisoner scheduled to die at midnight is innocent. He races against time to save the man and perhaps lift his own life out of the trash heap.
"On the edges of Johannesburg, Tsotsi's life has no meaning beyond survival. One night, in desperation, Tsotsi steals a woman's car. But as he is driving off, he makes a shocking discovery in the backseat. In one moment his life takes a sharp turn and leads him down an unexpected path to redemption"--Container.
Tempers rise as a jury of middle-aged men find themselves unable to sway a single member of their group to the majority opinion. Confronted with a seemingly clear-cut case, bolstered by opinions and assumptions, but with no verdict in sight the group threatens to become deadlocked. Will the 12th juror, stubbornly convinced of a young defendent's innocence, be able to sway the entire group to his viewpoint, or will the group ultimately force the holdout to forego his concerns, potentially ignoring truth in a rush to judgment?
Monty Brogan is facing a seven year prison sentence for dealing drugs. On the night before he has to go to prison, he decides to go out with his friends one last time, and re-examines his life in the process.
After making their way through high school twice, big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership.
DEA agent Bobby Trench and U.S. naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman are working undercover for a narcotics business. After a distorted attempt to infiltrate the drug cartel, they soon learn the secret of their dubious affiliation.
During the Gorbachev years, Platon Makovski and his four buddies are university students who jump on the private capitalism movement. Fast-forward 20 years, Platon finds himself the richest man in Russia, having sacrificed his friends to get to the top. But with this cynical rise, comes a brutal fall.
The Gestapo are determined to catch a resistance leader, and declare that one hundred Frenchmen will be killed if he does not turn himself in. To keep his identity safe, a condemned man agrees to take his place.
Police investigating an exploded boat on a San Pedro pier discover 27 bodies and $91 million worth of drug money. The only survivors are a severely burned Hungarian terrorist and Roger Kint, a crippled con-man. Reluctantly, Kint is pressured into explaining what happened on the boat. His story begins six weeks earlier with five criminals being dragged in by New York police desperate for suspects in a truck highjacking, and ends with the possible identification of a criminal mastermind.
A true crime story about Iwao Enokizu, self-styled "King of criminals", Enokizu began his criminal career through a series of murders that made headlines and startled all Japan with a sense of uneasy fascination.
O2 is an ex-con who is trying to go straight. His life takes a deadly turn when his son gets kidnapped in a carjacking and held for ransom by a ruthless druglord. With a street-smart hustler as his partner and his shady cousin along for the ride, O2 races through the violent streets of Los Angeles in a desperate attempt to outsmart rival gangs and save his son.
A photographer unwittingly smuggles a doll stuffed with heroin into New York City. His recently blinded wife, alone in their apartment, is first terrorized by hired crooks, and then by the psychopathic Roat, in search of the doll.
In Yasujiro Ozu’s Walk Cheerfully, which gracefully combines elements of the relationship drama and the gangster story, small-time hood Kenji, a.k.a. Ken the Knife, wants to go straight for good girl Yasue but finds that starting over isn’t as simple as it sounds. This was the Japanese master’s first true homage to American crime movies, and it is a fleetly told, expressively shot work of humor and emotional depth.
Karen O'Connor, a young journalist known for her celebrity profiles, is consumed with discovering the truth behind a long-buried incident that affected the lives and careers of showbiz team Vince Collins and Lanny Morris.
When Nebraska cop Kathryn Bolkovac accepts a U.N. peacekeeper position in postwar Bosnia, she discovers a deadly sex trafficking ring. Risking her own life to save the lives of others, she uncovers an international conspiracy that is determined to stop her, no matter the cost. With masterful acting and a heart-racing plot, an acclaimed film inspired by actual events.
In his last role as a heartless gangster, James Cagney embarks on the prison break of a lifetime in this chilling tale that features one of the most riveting finales in movie history. Cody Jarrett is a psychopathic gangland kingpin and a ruthless killer who is anything but rational with his fierce headaches and strong mother-fixation.
Johnny is the leader of a vicious biker gang which invades a small, sleepy California town. The leather-jacketed young biker seems hellbent for destruction until he falls for Kathie, a "good girl" whose father happens to be a cop.
The series is loosely based on the serialized two-volume novel by Koichi Iiboshi that chronicles the Hiroshima gang war that lasted nearly twenty five years. The series revolves around Shozo Hirono, an ex-soldier living in Hiroshima after World War II.
A young boy fresh from the countryside is assigned to serve the girlfriend of an organized crime boss. A bloody assault forces the wounded boss and his assistants to a remote island, where they re-group and plan their strategy of revenge. Meanwhile, his girlfriend befriends the boy and two naive neighbors with tragic results.
Released from prison after taking the fall for a group of his friends, Leo Handler just wants to get his life back on track. But when he takes a job with his powerfully inflential Uncle Frank and reconnects with his old friend Willie, Leo finds himself unwittingly drawn into a world of sabotage, high-stakes payoffs and even murder. Then, he discovers a secret that makes him the target of the city's most ruthless family--his own.
A Greek pacifist leader is murdered at a rally. Despite the official police report of accidental death, a journalist's persistent questioning leads to a full-scale investigation, revealing corruption in high places.
The unusual journey by the driver of a beer-delivery van from Dortmund to northern Finland, where he wishes to take part in a competition for specialists in European train timetables. The young man is also wanted by the police for the murder of his boss.
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