Director: Werner Herzog
Written By: William M. Finkelstein
Cinematography By: Peter Zeitlinger
Editor: Joe Bini
Cast: Nicholas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Irma P. Hall, Brad Douriff, Xzibit, Shawn Hatosy, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Jennifer Coolidge, Michael Shannon, Fairuza Balk, Denzel Whitaker, Shea Wingham, Nick Gomez
After Katrina, police sergeant Terence McDonagh rescues a prisoner, hurts his back in the process and earns a promotion to lieutenant plus an addiction to cocaine and painkillers. Six months later, a family is murdered over drugs; Terence runs the investigation. His drug-using prostitute girlfriend, his alcoholic father’s dog, run-ins with two old women and a well-connected john, gambling losses, a nervous young witness, and thefts of police property put Terence’s job and then his life in danger. He starts seeing things. He wants a big score to get out from under mounting debts, so he joins forces with drug dealers. The murders remain unsolved. A bad lieutenant gets worse.
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Written & Directed By: Jeff Nichols
Cinematography By: Adam Stone
Editor: Julie Monroe
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Nick Kroll, Will Dalton, Sharon Blackwood, Michael Shannon, Marton Csokas, Bill Camp
The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court.
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Directed By: Michael Bay
Written By: Ron Shelton & Jerry Stahl
Story By: Ron Shelton, Cormac Wibberley & Marianne Wibberley
Based on characters created by: George Gallo
Cinematography: Amir Mokri
Editor: Roger Barton, Mark Goldblatt & Thomas A. Muldoon
Cast: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Gabrielle Union, Jordi Molla, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Shannon, Theresa Randle, Henry Rollins, Jon Seda, Peter Stormare, Yul Vasquez, Otto Sanchez, John Salley, Oleg Taktarov
Narcotics cops Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett head up a task force investigating the flow of ecstasy into Miami. Their search leads to a dangerous kingpin Johnny Tapia, whose plan to control the city’s drug traffic has touched off an underground war. Meanwhile, things get sexy between Mike and Syd, Marcus’s sister.
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Written & Directed By: Rian Johnson
Cinematography: Steve Yedlin
Editor: Bob Duscay
Cast: Daniel Craig, Ana De Armas, Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Chris Evans, Noah Segan, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Frank Oz, Riki Lindhome, Edi Patterson, M. Emmet Walsh
When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death.
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Directed By: Ariel Vromen
Written By: Morgan Land & Ariel Vromen
Based on the book: “The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer” by Anthony Bruno and the documentary “The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer” By James Thebaut Cinematography By: Bobby Bukowski
Editor: Danny Rafic
Cast: Michael Shannon, Ray Liotta, Chris Evans, Winona Ryder, David Schwimmer, James Franco, Stephen Dorff, Robert Davi, John Ventimiglia
In the 1960s, Richard Kuklinski is working as a porn film lab tech until his mob bosses persuade him to change his career into that of a contract killer. For years, Kuklinski gains a reputation for cold blooded professionalism even as he raises a family who are kept in the dark about his true career. Unfortunately, mob politics ultimately forces him to secretly work independently with the psychopathic Robert ‘Mr. Freezy’ Pronge. As much as Kuklinski tries to keep his lives separate, circumstances and his own weaknesses threaten a terrible collision as the consequences of his choices finally catch up to him.
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Edited & Directed By: Ramin Bahrini
Written By: Ramin Bahrini & Amir Naderi
Story By: Ramin Bahrini & Bahareh Azimi
Cinematography By: Bobby Bukowski
Cast: Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern, Tim Guinee, Clancy Brown
A recently unemployed single father struggles to get back his foreclosed home by working for the real estate broker who is the source of his frustration. The film is based on a real life father who exposed a corrupted real estate agent.
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