Category: Crime

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The Silencing (2020)

I need to see that girl. She could be my daughter.   It’s always nice to see how actors from a successful television series cope in a feature film. And especially if the genre is quite different from what they played in that series. Here Nikolaj Coster-Waldau makes a decent...

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A Good Woman is Hard to Find (2019)

Just let sleeping dogs lie. The moment you see Sarah (Sarah “The Lazarus Effect” Bolger) turning the house upside down while looking for batteries for her non-working vibrator and hear her say “Thank you Jesus” a little later with visible relief, it seems as if she’s a completely different character...

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The Vanishing (2019)

Okay, as far as I can see it, this… this is payback! For having to live the rest of my life with his face etched into my brain.   Every now and then I come across a completely unknown film I don’t really expect much from, despite the presence of...

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Uncut Gems (2019)

That’s a million dollar opal you are holding. Straight from the Ethiopian Jewish tribe.   Are you in the middle of a nasty divorce? Or are you at home on sick leave because of burnout due to your stressful job that demands too much from you? Or are those two...

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Inherit the Viper (2019)

Josie… promise me something. Protecting this family comes first. When it’s time to quit, we quit. No questions asked.   Everyone knows the principle of the “American Dream”. The ideal image of a hard-working American who, regardless of his origin, can reach the top through hard work and commitment. “Inherit...

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Joker (2019)

I just hope my death makes more cents than my life. Weltschmerz. Despair. Grief. Desperation. Those are the keywords that came to mind after watching this movie. If you are a superhero film fan and you expect heroic confrontations between this crazy clown and our bats-related superhero in a tight...

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In the Shadow of the Moon (2019)

If you kill me now… the world as you know it will end in a very short time. Yeah. Once again a movie about time traveling. Always interesting to see how they incorporated the paradox of time travel. And there’s always going to be someone who claims something isn’t right....

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Asher (2018)

I just killed a man in the bathroom, and I’m afraid if we don’t leave right now, they’re gonna call the cops. Hmm. So it’s true. What’s that? Men will say anything for sex. A hitman who, by chance, encounters a lovely dance teacher and realizes that it’s time to...

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Quick review : John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)

The first part of the “John Wick” saga could be called sparkling fresh and original. I didn’t mind the fact that the brain of a goldfish was sufficient enough to watch and enjoy this film. The screen is being filled up constantly with action-packed footage and Keanu Reeves whirled through...

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Charlie Says (2018)

When I first met Charlie, I just knew. Hopped on a bus and I never looked back. Charles Manson seems to be a hot topic this year. Not only there’s the Tarantino movie “Once upon a time … in Hollywood” in which the Manson Family plays a prominent role, but...

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Avengement (2019)

So…prison turned you into a stone-cold killer, did it? Nah, prison didn’t. You and my brother did. I’ve just seen the Philippine revenge film “Maria” in which a beautiful woman beats up everyone she encounters. And before I know it, the next one presents itself already. This time it’s a...

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The Outsider (2018)

When you dishonor your boss and you want to show remorse, you give your finger. It’s called otoshimae. I see you’ve got all your fingers. Even though I don’t have any affinity with Japanese culture as such and mostly ignore Asian films, I couldn’t resist giving “The Outsider”  a chance....

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Maria (2019)

Film Review : Maria She’s still alive. Who’s she? Lily. Lily’s still alive! John Wick had a good reason to make things difficult for his former boss. They liquidated his cute dog and stole his car. In the movie “Polar“, Duncan Vizla’s retirement savings were compromised. In this Filipino revenge...

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The highwaymen (2019)

Film Review : The highwaymen Bonnie and Clyde have been on the road for two years. Cold-blooded killers who are more adored than movie stars. This has to stop. Who doesn’t know Bonnie and Clyde? In 1930, this pre-war couple had nothing better to do than go down the path...

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Destroyer (2018)

Film Review : Destroyer What’s up? Silas is back. Obviously, the most striking element of this film is the transformation of Nicole Kidman. Her weathered, unkempt appearance with black-rimmed eyes, smudged skin, and a tousled haircut indicate an unhealthy lifestyle and a stubborn addiction. It soon becomes clear that the...

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A Vigilante (2018)

Film Review : A Vigilante I’m looking out the window, and the trucks won’t stop coming. Anyone saw “John Doe: Vigilante“? No? I hope you’re not going to waste your time on that one. Just put that intention aside and watch the movie “A vigilante” instead. The latter is much...

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The Mule (2018)

Film Review : The Mule Family’s the most important thing. Work’s fine, if it’s in second position. But first position should be family. “The Old Man & the Gun” might be the piece de résistance of Robert Redford. “The Mule” might be the grand finale in Clint Eastwood’s career. This...

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Charismata (2017)

Even if you never had to learn police work like the rest of us plebs, anybody with a TV knows that it takes three bodies to make a serial killer. You know what I’m saying, you’re just being pedantic. Take the brilliant movie “Se7en” and replace the two inspectors Somerset...

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Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

The El Royale is a bi-state establishment. You have the option to stay in either the great state of California… or the great state of Nevada. Warmth and sunshine to the west… or hope and opportunity to the east. Which would you prefer? Let me get straight to the point....

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The old man & the gun (2018)

Well, what do you do then? Well, that’s a secret. With “The Old Man & the Gun“, we probably say goodbye to a real film legend. According to some sources, Robert Redford wants to draw a line under his rich film career in a stylish way. In my opinion, he...

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Superfly (2018)

God is great. God is powerful, yeah. But even more so, God is all-knowing. And that is what makes him scary as shit. Do you understand what I’m saying? This remake of the movie “Super Fly” from the 70s, with Ron O’Neal as Priest, isn’t really my favorite kind of...

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Dark Crimes (2018)

You’re the girl in the inner room. Alicja is your story. You talked, he wrote it down. I suppose it’s almost impossible to use an exuberant color palette for a film situated in a Slavic country. Every time the story takes place in such a communist or ex-communist country, the...

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Thoroughbreds (2017)

First it was borderline personality,then severe depression, yesterday, she said it was antisocial with schizoid tendency. She’s basically just flipping to random pages of the DSM-5and throwing medications at me. But I have a perfectly healthy brain. It just doesn’t contain feelings. There are films that aren’t much of a...

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A prayer before dawn (2017)

I don’t know what you’re fucking saying, I don’t understand. What an impressive film. You won’t get a feeling of excitement or relaxation after watching it. It’ll rather leave a bad taste in your mouth. It was as if the smell of blood, rancid food, vomit, and sweat has nestled...

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Quick review : The Commuter (2018)

You work hard, you play by the rules, you’re a good soldier, and you don’t deserve it. But the reality is sometimes soldiers end up casualties. Do you want to know what I still remember from “The Commuter“? Well, actually it’s not that much anymore. It’s that kind of movie....

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Bullet Head (2017)

  What the fuck was that? Beware of still water or a silent dog. I’m sure they meant well while creating “Bullet Head“. But the road to hell is paved with good intentions. The end result may be called original and quirky, but there are also a few flaws in...

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Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

“My name is Hercule Poirot and I am probably the greatest detective in the world.” Voila. We Belgians can also be proud of the Hercule Poirot phenomenon in addition to our world-famous beers and chocolate. Probably the best detective in the world. And yes, he comes from this tiny country...

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Suburbicon (2017)

“The only thing Suburbicon is missing is you. Isn’t it time for your new start? Come home to Suburbicon.” It doesn’t happen often, but now I had a feeling I didn’t really understand what I’d watched. Not that “Suburbicon” was a complicated, incomprehensible film. But I didn’t know what the...

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Brawl in cell block 99 (2017)

A former boxer-turned-drug runner lands in a prison battleground after a deal gets deadly. Genre : Crime/Drama Country : USA Cast : Vince Vaughn : Bradley Thomas Jennifer Carpenter : Lauren Thomas Don Johnson : Warden Tuggs Director : S. Craig Zahler My opinion on “Brawl in Cell Block 99”...

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Film Review : Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

“Raped while Dying. Still no arrests. How come, chief Willoughby?” Those who read my writing attempts occasionally, know that I thoroughly hate everything that has the appearance of a serial or when prequels and sequels are being produced just to exploit the story even further. So, don’t panic while reading...

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Turnabout (2016)

A troubled man survives a suicide attempt. He calls an old friend to rescue him in the middle of the night. Their journey is just beginning, and by daybreak, a tragedy will surface. Genre : Drama Country : USA Cast : George Katt : Billy Waylon Payne : Perry Rosebud...

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Sleepless (2017)

Vincent Downs is a cop in Las Vegas, who’s partnered with a crooked cop. His partner asks him to steal some drugs, which they do. But what they don’t know is that the drugs belong to a crime family, the Novaks who goes after anyone who crosses them. Genre :...

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Frank & Lola (2016)

Frank, a Las Vegas chef who does not easily fall in love, meets Lola, a young fashion designer. He falls hard for her and when she cheats on him, becomes embroiled in her murky past until he no longer knows who to trust and what to believe. Genre : Drama...

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Live by night (2016)

A group of Boston-bred gangsters set up shop in balmy Florida during the Prohibition era, facing off against the competition and the Ku Klux Klan. Genre : Crime/Drama Country : USA Cast :  Ben Affleck : Joe Coughlin Chris Messina : Dion Bartolo Zoe Saldana : Graciela Director : Ben...

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Hotel Noir (2012)

Los Angeles, 1958: a detective holes up in a downtown hotel awaiting killers to come get him. During the course of one night he will meet various occupants of the hotel and the truth of how he came to be in his present situation will be revealed. Genre : Crime/Drama...

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Heist (2015)

I’m here to ask a favor, a big one. How big? $300,000 big, at least. “The Trust” was about a robbery in “Ocean’s Eleven” style by a “Dumb and Dumber” looking duo. In this film, it’s “Ocean’s Eleven” mixed with portions of “Speed“. But this time without an adorable Sandra...

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Cut Snake (2014)

Set in Melbourne in the mid-1970s, Cut Snake tells the story of Sparra Farrell, an ex-convict who is trying to make a new life for himself in a new city. He has found honest work and even becomes engaged but the prospect of this new life is challenged when his...

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The trust (2016)

Waters and Stone are two nobody police officers who work in the evidence room of the Las Vegas Police Department. When Stone discovers an unusually high bail receipt in connection to a drug bust, the two friends set in motion a plan to find the source of the money. Genre...

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Cash Only (2015)

Elvis Martini is in deep trouble. He’s in big debt to bookies and his daughter’s school and his building is about to be foreclosed on. He finds cash in an evicted tenant’s apartment and it briefly keeps the wolves at bay, but it brings out an even bigger wolf. His...

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The Lost Reviews Part 3 : Sicario (2015)

When drug violence worsens on the USA Mexico border, the FBI sends an idealistic agent, Kate Macer on a mission to eradicate a drug cartel responsible for a bomb that had killed members of her team. Genre : Crime Country :USA Cast : Emily Blunt : Kate Macer Josh Brolin...

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Carnage Park (2016)

Part crime caper gone awry, part survival horror film, this 1970s set thriller depicts a harrowing fight for survival after a pair of wannabe crooks botch a bank heist and flee into the desert, where they inexplicably stumble upon Carnage Park, a remote stretch of wilderness occupied by a psychotic...

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Term Life (2016)

A guy wanted around town by various hit men hopes to stay alive long enough for his life insurance policy to kick in and pay out for his estranged daughter. Genre : Crime Country : USA Cast : Vince Vaughn : Nick Barrow Hailee Steinfeld : Cate Barrow Jonathan Banks...

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7 Minutes (2014)

Three friends, Sam, Mike and Owen, are forced by circumstance to commit a brazen robbery. What begins as a simple plan quickly becomes a dangerous game of life and death. As each minute of the robbery unfolds, the stakes are pushed higher and higher. Genre : Crime Country : USA...

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The Midnight Man (2016)

When Grady, an assassin with a genetic disorder that renders him unable to feel pain, is sent on a high-stakes assignment, his world is turned upside-down after an attack when he awakens to discover that he can feel pain for the first time in his life. With the clock ticking...

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Lila & Eve (2015)

Lila, a grief-stricken mother reeling from her son’s murder, attends a support group where she meets Eve, who urges her to take matters into her own hands to track down her son’s killers. They soon embark on a journey of revenge, but also recovery. Genre : Drama/Crime Country : USA...

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Exposed (2016)

Detective Galban, finds his partner and close friend, Detective Cullen, murdered in an underground subway. On the hunt for the killer, Galban begins to suspect his partner may have been heavily involved in drug dealing and police corruption. As Galban investigates, people who knew Cullen, are conveniently found dead. The...

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Top Dog (2014)

London bad boy Billy Evans gets in over his head when he joins a dangerous criminal gang.  Genre : Crime/Drama Country : UK Cast : Leo Gregory : Billy Evans Ricci Harnett : Mickey Vincent Regan : Watson Director : Martin Kemp My opinion Low-budget indie films originating from the...

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Legend (2015)

Focusing on the relationship between Reggie Kray and Frances Shea, told from France’s’ point of view as someone who knew him best, as well as the mental health issues Ronnie Kray faced and their rise to power as the notorious gangsters of London.  Genre : Crime/Biography Country : UK/France Cast...

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Criminal Activities (2015)

Are you sure he said he wanted to talk to all of us? Actually he said he wanted to talk to everyone but the black guy….. Yes! He wants to talk to ALL of us! John Travolta standing in the middle of the cover in a “Pulp Fiction” -like-pose and...

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Phantom Halo (2014)

Brothers Samuel and Beckett Emerson are barely scraping by. Their father, Warren, continues to gamble and drink away any money they bring home. With all the havoc that is constantly going on in their lives, the family members each find solace in his own way, through Shakespeare, comic books and...

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Tell (2014)

As a kid I used to think I was gonna be somebody, a model citizen raising a family in the suburbs. Being shot at by a psycho with a machine gun, was not part of the plan. I actually can’t understand that so many criticize this film and claim it’s...

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Run all Night (2015)

Professional Brooklyn hitman Jimmy Conlon is more commonly known as “The gravedigger”. Jimmy was a mob hit-man, who was best friends with his boss Shawn Maguire. But when Jimmy’s son, Michael, is marked for death by the mob, Jimmy must go up against Sean to protect Michael at all costs....

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Rob the Mob (2014)

A Queens couple who specialize in robbing mafia social clubs stumble upon a score bigger than they could ever imagine, becoming targets of both the mob and the FBI in the process. Genre : Crime/Drama Country : USA Cast : Michael Pitt : Tommy Nina Arianda : Rosie Andy Garcia...

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The Living (2014)

A man hires an ex-con to kill his sister’s abusive husband, but the desperate act sets into motion a shocking series of events in this intense indie drama. Genre : Drama/Crime Country : USA Cast : Fran Kranz : Teddy Jocelin Donahue : Molly Kenny Wormald : Gordon Director :...

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Focus (2015)

Nicky Spurgeon is an extremely accomplished con man who takes an amateur con artist, Jess, under his wing. Nicky and Jess become romantically involved, and with Nicky’s profession of being a liar and a cheater for a living, he realizes that deception and love are things that don’t go together....

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The Bag Man (2014)

“In all due respect,why don’t you just hire the FedEx? Because I’m hiring you, Jack.” Do you like the sarcastic and ironic twist of “Pulp Fiction” and “Reservoir dogs” ? Looking forward to some bloody scenes filled with senseless violence? Or are you addicted to the absurd touch of a...

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The forger (2014)

The world’s best art forger makes a deal with a crime syndicate to get an early release from prison, but in return he must pull off an impossible heist – he must forge a painting by Claude Monet, steal the original from a museum, and replace it with a replica...

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A walk among the tombstones (2014)

Matt Scudder is a former cop now a private eye. He is asked by a drug dealer to find the men who kidnapped his wife. It seems like they killed her even after he paid them. Scudder refuses. But the man later goes to see him and tells him how...

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Nightcrawler (2014)

My motto is if you want to win the lottery, you’ve got to make money to get a ticket.   What a brilliant performance of Jake Gyllenhaal in this rather morbid and exciting thriller. At times I was wondering whether it was meant to be amusing and jokingly or that...

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VANish (2015)

A kidnapped young woman is forced on a road trip full of murder and mayhem that takes place entirely in her captor’s getaway van. Genre : Action/Crime/Horror Country : USA Cast : Maiara Walsh : Emma Danny Trejo : Carlos Austin Abke : Jack Director : Bryan Bockbrader My opinion...

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We still kill the Old Way (2014)

When retired East End villain Charlie Archer is murdered by a feral street gang, his brother Ritchie returns to London from Spain to investigate. Genre : Action/Crime Country : UK Cast : Ian Ogilvy : Richie Danny-Boy Hatchard : Aaron Alison Doody : Susan Taylor Director : Sacha Bennett My...

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A most violent Year (2014)

A crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history, and centered on the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and...

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The Aggression Scale (2012)

When out-on-bail mob boss Bellavance discovers that $500,000 of his money is missing, he sends four hardcore hit men to send a “loud and messy” message to the suspected thieves’ families. But when the killers invade the Rutledge home, they’ll meet the household’s emotionally disturbed young son Owen. Owen has...

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Sabotage (2014)

Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house. Genre : Action/Crime Country : USA Cast : Arnold Schwarzenegger : John “Breacher” Wharton Sam Worthington : James “Monster” Murray Terrence Howard : Julius “Sugar” Edmonds Director...

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Bad Country (2014)

When Baton Rouge police detective Bud Carter busts contract killer Jesse Weiland, he convinces Jesse to become an informant and rat out the South’s most powerful crime ring. So when the syndicate orders Carter’s death and Weiland’s ID’d as a snitch, the two team up to take down the mob...

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The Calling / The Two Faces of January (2014)

A twin review. The Calling Genre : Thriller Country : USA Cast : Susan Sarandon : Hazel Micallef Gil Bellows : Ray Green Ellen Burstyn : Emily Micallef Director : Jason Stone Summary Detective Hazel Micallef hasn’t had much to worry about in the sleepy town of Fort Dundas until...

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The Rover (2014)

Ten years after a global economic collapse, a cold-blooded drifter traverses the scorched Australian outback on a mission to track down the men who stole his last remaining possession – his car. When he crosses paths with a badly wounded member of the gang, he takes the vulnerable, naïve young...

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Wicked Blood (2014)

Hannah is a bright teen girl trapped in the dark Southern underworld of violence and guns, meth labs and vicious biker gangs, and whose only refuge is chess. She lives with Amber, her older sister; and her uncle Donny, an addict. All live in fear of Uncle Frank Stinson, who...

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Cold in July (2014)

When a protective father meets a murderous ex-con, both need to deviate from the path they are on as they soon find themselves entangled in a downwards spiral of lies and violence while having to confront their own inner psyche. Genre : Thriller/Crime Country : USA/France Cast : Michael C....

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All Good Things (2010)

A love story and murder mystery based on the most notorious unsolved murder case in New York history. The original screenplay uses newly discovered facts, court records and speculation as the foundation for a story of family, obsession, love and loss. Genre : Crime/Thriller/Drama Country : USA Cast : Ryan...

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A Belfast Story (2013)

In a city left torn by war, when a series of murders awaken dormant memories, many fear the worst. Colm Meaney and Malcolm Sinclair star in a film set between war and peace. Times are changing, car bombs are less common and terrorists find themselves out of work, but old...

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John Doe : Vigilante (2014)

Killing is easy. It’s living with it that’s the hard part. John Doe is a modern Robin Hood. But instead of returning stolen money to the poor, he brings criminals to justice. And this at the request of relatives of someone who was a victim of a crime. “John Doe:...