Saturday, April 17, 2021

Tag: Crime

Vanquish (2021)?

Title: Vanquish
Rating: R
Directed by: George Gallo
Written by: George Gallo and Samuel Bartlett
Starring: Ruby Rose and Morgan Freeman
Release Date: 4/16/2021
Running Time: 96 minutes

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A mother, Victoria (Rose), is trying to put her dark past as a Russian drug courier behind her, but retired cop Damon (Freeman) forces Victoria to do his bidding by holding her daughter hostage. Now, Victoria must use guns, guts, and a motorcycle to take out a series of violent gangsters — or she may never see her child again.


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Nobody (2021)*

Title: Nobody
Rating: R
Directed by: Ilya Naishuller
Written by: Derek Kolstad
Starring: Bob Odenkirk, Connie Nielsen, RZA, Aleksey Serebryakov, and Christopher Lloyd
Release Date: 3/26/2021
Running Time: 92 minutes

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Sometimes the man you don’t notice is the most dangerous of all.

Bob Odenkirk stars as Hutch Mansell, an underestimated and overlooked dad and husband, taking life’s indignities on the chin and never pushing back. A nobody.

When two thieves break into his suburban home one night, Hutch declines to defend himself or his family, hoping to prevent serious violence. His teenage son, Blake (Gage Munroe), is disappointed in him and his wife, Becca (Connie Nielsen), seems to pull only further away.

The aftermath of the incident strikes a match to Hutch’s long-simmering rage, triggering dormant instincts and propelling him on a brutal path that will surface dark secrets and lethal skills. In a barrage of fists, gunfire and squealing tires, Hutch must save his family from a dangerous adversary (Aleksey Serebryakov)—and ensure that he will never be underestimated as a nobody again.


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Special thanks to Michael, Tony, and Frank for this submission


Dark State (2021)

Title: Dark State
Rating: NR
Directed by: Tracy Lucca
Written by: Tracy Lucca
Starring: Nicholas Baroudi, Melissa Connell, and Antoni Corone
Release Date: 3/19/2021
Running Time: 93 minutes

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An investigative reporter must choose between helping expose the truth or accepting that the world is ruled by a global network of ruthless insiders determined to wield power over all of mankind in a coming Dark State.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Note: “…We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.”
– Edward Bernays, Propaganda

“The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.”
– Aldous Huxley

Dedication: This film is dedicated to my father Peter J. Lucca

Special thanks to Frank and Tony for this submission


Happily (2021)*

Title: Happily
Rating: R
Directed by: BenDavid Grabinski
Written by: BenDavid Grabinski
Starring: Joel McHale, Kerry Bishé, Stephen Root, Natalie Morales, Paul Scheer, and Natalie Zea
Release Date: 3/19/2021
Running Time: 96 minutes

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Tom (Joel McHale) and Janet (Kerry Bishé) are a couple who has been together for 14 years. Still as in love as the day they met, their honeymoon phase never ended. When they discover that all their friends are resentful of their constant public displays of affection, this charismatic couple start to question the loyalty of everyone around them. Then, a visit from a mysterious stranger (Stephen Root) thrusts them into an existential crisis, leading to a dead body, a lot of questions, and a very tense couples’ vacation with a group of friends who may not actually be friends at all.


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City of Lies (2018)

Title: City of Lies
Rating: R
Directed by: Brad Furman
Written by: Christian Contreras
Based on the book by: Randall Sullivan
Starring: Johnny Depp, Forest Whitaker, and Toby Huss
Release Date: 3/19/2021
Running Time: 112 minutes

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Russell Poole and Jack Jackson investigate the murders of rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Memoriam: In Memoriam
Lester Mathews


Silk Road (2021)

Title: Silk Road
Rating: R
Directed by: Tiller Russell
Written by: Tiller Russell
Based on the article by: David Kushner
Starring: Jason Clarke, Nick Robinson, Alexandra Shipp, Katie Aselton, Jimmi Simpson, and Paul Walter Hauser
Release Date: 2/19/2021
Running Time: 112 minutes

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Young, affluent, and highly motivated, Ross Ulbricht has an ambitious goal: to launch the Internet’s first completely anonymous and unregulated marketplace. Based on the larger-than-life true events of Ulbricht’s life, Silk Road re-situates the story to the tune of a thriller when Ulbricht ends up the focus of a disreputable DEA agent and spurs an elaborate cat-and-mouse game between them. The men are polar opposites. Ross speaks enthusiastically about the possibilities his invention offers the world; Bowden, the agent, has to learn to abandon his street-smart approach while struggling through tutorials on how to use the Internet.

As the hunt continues, both men’s private lives begin to erode, causing them to cling to their jobs. Growing paranoia leads Ross to consider choices formerly unthinkable, and Bowden similarly finds himself in over his head, leading to the question: how far can idealism take you?


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Frank for this submission


Body Brokers (2021)

Title: Body Brokers
Rating: R
Directed by: John Swab
Written by: John Swab
Starring: Frank Grillo, Jessica Rothe, and Michael Kenneth Williams
Release Date: 2/19/2021
Running Time: 111 minutes

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Brought to Los Angeles for treatment, a recovering junkie soon learns that the rehab center is not about helping people, but a cover for a multi-billion-dollar fraud operation that enlists addicts to recruit other addicts.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

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Memoriam: In Loving Memory of Albert Rosen


Breaking News in Yuba County (2021)*

Title: Breaking News in Yuba County
Rating: R
Directed by: Tate Taylor
Written by: Amanda Idoko
Starring: Allison Janney, Mila Kunis, Awkwafina, Wanda Sykes, Juliette Lewis, Samira Wiley, and Regina Hall
Release Date: 2/12/2021
Running Time: 96 minutes

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Whodunnit, and why, and will whoever knows get away with it — or get a close-up on TV? When her husband Karl (Matthew Modine) goes missing, Sue Buttons (Allison Janney), an underappreciated suburban wife, gets a taste of being a local celebrity as she embarks on a city-wide search in small town Yuba County, California, to find him. In an effort to prolong her newfound fame, she stumbles into hilarious hijinks as her world turns upside down, dodging a wanna-be mobster (Awkwafina), a relentless local policewoman (Regina Hall), her half-sister (Mila Kunis) — a local news reporter desperate for a story — and her husband’s dead-beat brother (Jimmi Simpson) along with his sidekick (Wanda Sykes), who all set out to uncover the truth behind the disappearance.


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Adverse (2020)

Title: Adverse
Rating: R
Directed by: Brian A. Metcalf
Written by: Brian A. Metcalf
Starring: Thomas Ian Nicholas, Lou Diamond Phillips, Sean Astin, Penelope Ann Miller, and Mickey Rourke
Release Date: 2/12/2021
Running Time: 94 minutes

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A rideshare driver discovers that his sister is in debt to a dangerous crime syndicate.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No


Little Things, The (2021)

Title: The Little Things
Rating: R
Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Written by: John Lee Hancock
Starring: Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, and Jared Leto
Release Date: 1/29/2021
Running Time: 127 minutes

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A psychological thriller following two cops, one haunted by echoes of his past, investigating a series of murders in Los Angeles.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No