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  • The Prey (R)

    Since the success of Tell No One (2006), the French seem to have fallen in love with convoluted action-driven crime thrillers, sometimes even one-upping Hollywood. more...
  • Parker (R)

    All the principal figures involved in this generic action thriller seem like they're phoning it in: stars Jennifer Lopez and Jason Statham, screenwriter John J. McLaughlin (adapting a crime novel that Donald E. Westlake wrote under his pseudonym Richard Stark), and ever-bland director Taylor Hackford (An Officer and a Gentleman, The Devil's Advocate), who doesn't even bother to keep every shot in focus. more...
  • The Professional

    In his first American picture (1994), clearly a spin-off of La femme Nikita, nihilist French filmmaker Luc Besson raises the stakes of his popular girl-with-a-gun theme by making the heroine a 12-year-old (Natalie Portman) who learns from a hit man (French movie star Jean Reno) how to handle firearms in order to avenge the slaughter of her family (by a group of sleazy drug barons headed by Gary Oldman). more...
  • Polisse (NR)

    French actress Maiwenn (High Tension) cowrote and directed this lively ensemble drama about a close-knit team of police officers in Paris's Child Protection Unit. more...
  • Pusher (NR)

    Directed by Luis Prieto, this is a British remake of the 1996 Danish crime thriller by Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive). more...
  • A Prophet (R)

    Some have compared this French crime drama to The Godfather, and though that may be a common critical touchstone, writer-director Jacques Audiard (Read My Lips, The Beat That My Heart Skipped) manages to replicate its most elusive element—not the dark comedy or the operatic bloodletting but the incremental corruption of a decent man into a willful, coldhearted killer. more...
  • Public Enemies (R)

    In his best seller Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34, Bryan Burrough set out to dispel the gangster myths propagated by movies like Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and Bloody Mama (1970), and to “reclaim the War on Crime for the lawmen who fought it.” With this slam-bang action epic, director Michael Mann reclaims it yet again for dashing, mediagenic John Dillinger (Johnny Depp), stressing his cat-and-mouse relationship with starchy, Chicago-based G-man Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale). more...
  • Pro-Black Sheep (NR)

    Clayton Broomes Jr. directed this 2009 feature, based on Juan Williams's book Enough, in which a jobless intellectual realizes that his views conflict with those of his politically correct friends. more...
  • Parable

    A dimwitted cowboy embarks on a crime spree in this 2008 political satire from Jon Jost. more...
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    The Penalty

    Lon Chaney's reputation for behind-the-scenes masochism derives in considerable part from this silent 1920 melodrama in which he plays a double amputee, a role that required him to shoot the entire movie with his calves strapped tightly behind his thighs. more...