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  • Sicario
  • Sicario (R)

    American action movies about the drug cartels (David Ayer's Sabotage, Oliver Stone's Savages) have a high bar to clear: unless they bring some greater understanding of the crisis, their portrayal of the cartels' barbarism seems like crass exploitation. more...
  • Seven (R)

    Who would have guessed that a grisly and upsetting serial-killer police procedural (1995) costarring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman as detectives, written by a Tower Records cashier (Andrew Kevin Walker), and directed by David Fincher (Alien) would bear a startling resemblance to a serious work of art? more...
  • Serpico

    A virtuoso performance by Al Pacino and some expert location work by Sidney Lumet add up to a tour de force genre piece (1973) that transcends the supercop conventions to create a moving, engrossing portrait of Frank Serpico—a literate, sensitive, honest cop who tried to come to terms with society and the policeman's place in it, and was crucified by a police department too corrupt to want any part of the real world. more...
  • So Dark the Night (NR)

    Joseph H. Lewis is best known for his burning, violent film noir Gun Crazy, but this 1946 production is equally impressive in a different mode—that of moody, hallucinatory expressionism. more...
  • Scarlet Street

    Fritz Lang's most harrowing study of guilt and damnation, this 1945 feature is a remake of Jean Renoir's La Chienne, with Edward G. Robinson as a quietly suffering bookkeeper who encounters fate in the form of a calculating prostitute (Joan Bennett) and her pimp (Dan Duryea). more...
  • Superfly (R)

    Gordon Parks Jr. was one of the greatest casualties of the collapse of blaxploitation cinema, a director with a distinctive, tightly packed visual style (cinematically far superior to the somewhat stilted pictorial work of his more famous father) and a remarkably bitter vision for this supposedly escapist genre. more...