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  • American Hustle (R)

    David O. Russell's fictionalized drama about Abscam, the FBI sting operation that nailed more than a half dozen U.S. legislators on bribery and conspiracy charges, made me nostalgic for the 70s—not for all the bad hair, splayed collars, gold chains, and plunging necklines, but for an era when grown-up movies like this one came out almost every week. more...
  • Black Mass
  • Black Mass (R)

    Based on a nonfiction book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill, this crime saga details the corrupt partnership between South Boston crime lord James "Whitey" Bulger (a balding, unrecognizable Johnny Depp) and FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton), an old pal who cultivated Bulger as an informant but may have done more to help his criminal empire than Bulger did to help the bureau. more...
  • Blackhat (R)

    Michael Mann's latest crime saga involves the timely topic of cyberterrorism, but aside from the special-effects shots of data zipping around a silicon chip as if it were the Autobahn, this doesn't function much differently from any other cop thriller. more...
  • The Bling Ring (R)

    The title refers to a clique of spoiled SoCal teenagers who reportedly spent more than a year, from October 2008 to August 2009, burglarizing the homes of Hollywood celebrities (Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox, Orlando Bloom) and making off with their cash, clothes, jewelry, and other accoutrements of fame. more...
  • Blue Caprice (R)

    A fictional treatment of the infamous 2002 Beltway snipers, this indie drama is long on ambience and mercifully short on violent action sequences. more...
  • Broken City (R)

    Solid but unambitious, this detective movie recalls a late-40s noir programmer in its brisk plotting and gritty but affectionate portrait of city life. more...
  • Bullet to the Head (R)

    Sylvester Stallone teams up with Walter Hill—whose early triumphs like The Warriors (1979) and Southern Comfort (1981) have long since given way to action vehicles for Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, and Wesley Snipes—for a routine crime picture along the lines of Hill’s big hit 48 Hours (1982). more...
  • Collateral (R)

    Transpiring over a ten-hour nocturnal stretch in diverse Los Angeles locations, this engaging crime thriller by Michael Mann (2004) often suggests a low-budget 40s noir blown up to blockbuster proportions, an enlargement carried out with relative ease. more...
  • Cost of a Soul (R)

    Two wounded soldiers return from Iraq to a Philadelphia slum, where they must confront the systemic problems they thought they'd left behind. more...
  • The Counselor (R)

    An American attorney in Mexico (Michael Fassbender) gets involved in a $20 million cocaine deal with a local badass (Brad Pitt) and soon runs afoul of a merciless international drug cartel. more...
  • Dom Hemingway
  • Dom Hemingway (R)

    "Jude Law is Dom Hemingway," reads the poster for this British comedy—just in case you needed some persuading that the poised, delicately handsome actor could pull off his role as a brutal, randy, flamboyant, explosively angry ex-con. more...
  • The Drop
  • The Drop (R)

    James Gandolfini, in his last movie role, plays the mobbed-up owner of a Brooklyn workingman's bar, but the more impressive performance here comes from Tom Hardy as his younger cousin, a guileless soul who tends bar and worries that they've gotten themselves in too deep. more...
  • Easy Money (R)

    Based on a best-selling Swedish crime novel, this 2010 thriller tells the story of a bright economics student from a poor family (Joel Kinnaman) who poses as wealthy to impress his affluent friends. more...
  • End of Watch (R)

    I'm not sure who appointed David Ayer poet laureate for the LAPD, but at least he takes the job seriously; along with the usual mean-streets bluster and brutality, his cop-thriller screenplays (Training Day, Dark Blue) conscientiously record the hardening effects of a thankless and frequently pointless job. more...