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  • The Absent One

    The Dept. Q Trilogy, based on three best-selling crime novels by Danish writer Jussi Adler-Olsen, draws comparisons with Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo franchise: set in Scandinavia and featuring a sullen male protagonist, it's violent, hard-boiled, and psychologically disturbing. more...
  • 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...
  • Angels With Dirty Faces

    The classic late-30s environmentalist crime film, this 1938 feature stars James Cagney and Pat O'Brien as two boyhood pals from the slums who grow up, one as a gangster (Cagney) and the other as a priest (O'Brien), and meet their respective rewards on the old turf. more...
  • Animal Kingdom (R)

    In the opening shot of this tense Australian noir, a comfy domestic scene turns lurid and tragic in the blink of an eye, which is a pretty good encapsulation of the entire movie. more...
  • Accomplices (NR)

    After the battered body of a rent boy is pulled out of the Rhone, two Lyonnaise homicide detectives (Gilbert Melki and Emmanuelle Devos) begin canvassing his teenage peers, sifting through his cell phone records, and tracing his recent online activities. more...
  • American Psycho (R)

    The grisly murders in this modest proposal (2000), set in 80s Manhattan, are inspired by envy and ennui, and their perpetrator is a suavely pathetic solipsist and independently wealthy executive (Christian Bale). more...