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Sonny Wortzik and his friend Sal rob a Brooklyn bank one hot summer afternoon to pay for Sonny’s boyfriend Leon’s sex change operation. But before he can get the money and leave, he gets an unexpected phone call from Police Captain Moretti, who tells him the place is surrounded by the city’s entire police force. So having few options under the circumstances, Sonny demands an escort to the airport and a plane so he and Sal can go out of the country. In exchange, he will release hostages.
One of the best 70’s films, and one of Pacino’s greatest performances.
Starring Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon 9/10

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A young nurse named Ana returns home from her day shift. She spends her time with her husband Louis. The next morning one of the neighbor kids bites him on the neck. He dies but comes back to life, trying to bite her. Ana runs out of the house and finds it’s chaos in her neighborhood, people are being eaten by flesh eating zombies. She gets in her car and drives away from town but she loses control and crashes it into a tree. When she comes to, a black police officer rescues her and they run into three more people who tell them the same thing is going on where they came from. So they all take shelter in a closed mall while they wait for help to arrive. But they’re running out of food, ammunition and time as the zombies are multiplying in great numbers outside. So they come up with a plan to reinforce two shuttle buses with weapons and a battering ram to get through the massive crowd of zombies. They drive to the boat docks where one of them has a boat so they can take it to one of the islands.
A gory and bloody but exciting remake of the original 1978 version. Starring Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Ty Burrell, Michael Kelly, Kevin Zegers Matt Frewer, Michael Barry 7/10

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Bale stars as Jim Luther Davis, an ex-Army ranger who is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and finds himself going back to his old life of crime, booze and drugs when his LAPD application is rejected. His plan was to join the police department so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend Marta. His best friend Miguel ‘Mike’ Alonzo is also being pressured by his girl Sylvia to find a job as well. Jim is eventually offered a job from Homeland Security, assigned to go to Colombia while Mike lands a dream job. They celebrate by inviting their friend Toussant to spend the weekend in Mexico, and he agrees to go with them. Jim introduces them to Marta and her family and they go to a party to dance and drink. But when Jim finds out that Marta is pregnant, he can’t deal with it and goes on a violent rampage that leads to a tragic end.
Bale gives a compelling and strong performance in this captivating drama.
Starring Christian Bale, Freddy Rodriguez, Eva Longoria Parker 7/10

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A New England shore community is terrorized by shark attacks so a local chief of police named Martin Brody, an ichthyologist from the Oceanographic Institute named Hooper, and shark expert named Quint set out on Quint’s boat The Orca, to kill the great white. One of the best thrillers ever made; the script is great, the cast is brilliant and the score is outstanding.
Starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Grey, Murray Hamilton, Carl Gottlieb, Jeffrey Kramer, Peter Benchley 10/10

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Jack Grimaldi (Oldman) is a crooked New York police sergeant that leads a double life as a guard for the witness protection and informant for the mob. Everything seems great for him until he is paid to watch over Russian mobster Mona Demarkov and bring her to the safe house for the Feds. But he has no idea what he’s in for. Mona makes a proposition to Jack: help her fake her death and he will be paid two-hundred thousand dollars. But the problem is that the mob, led by Don Falcone, wants Jack to kill her, or they will kill him. This film is a modern day film noir and an underrated gem. And once you see it, you have to watch it again because it’s just so good and so entertaining.  Oldman is terrific; despite the characters corrupt nature, his infidelity and betraying his friends by getting mixed up with the mob you can’t help but sympathize with him, and Lena Olin’s Mona is by far one of the most evil, nasty, and cruelest femme fatales in cinema. Starring Gary Oldman, Juliette Lewis, Lena Olin, Michael Wincott, Annabella Sciorra, James Cromwell, Roy Scheider 8/10

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Oldman plays Ben Chase, a defense  attorney formerly a prosecutor who defends a man named Martin Thiel, accused of murder.  He gets him off with a verdict of not guilty. But when he finds another body in the woods one rainy night he eventually realizes that it’s Martin who is guilty and out killing again. Martin wants to retain Ben when suspicion falls on him for the  second murder that Ben knows he committed. Ben wants to change the first not guilty plea so he agrees to work as Thiel’s attorney, hoping for inside information that will convict him.

Both Oldman, who plays the protagonist and Bacon, the complete opposite as the creepy psychotic villain are amazing in this underrated thriller. Starring Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, Tess Harper, Karen Young, Joe Don Baker, Michael Sinelnikoff 8/10

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