Here are all our reviews of crime movies and gangster films.

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The Two Faces of January

The Two Faces of January

in British Movies

Known for her twisted psychological thrillers, American novelist Patricia Highsmith has been an insatiable source for movie adaptations, some of them being highly successful, from Rene Clement’s French film Purple Noon starring Alain Delon (her ideal incarnation of Ripley) to Wim Wenders’ American Friend and Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley.  Taking on a lesser known Patricia Highsmith novel, The […]

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Les Hommes

Les Hommes

in French Film Noir, French Movies

Les Hommes is the debut effort from Daniel Vigne who, 10 years later, found success with the medieval tale The Return of Martin Guerre. Les Hommes can easily fall into the unofficial subgenre of crime films set in Marseille along several major hits taking place in this French harbor, from Jean-pierre Melville’s Le Deuxième Souffle to William Friedkin’s French Connection […]

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Drug War

Drug War

in Chinese Movies

With Drug War, Hong Kong director Johnny To (Election, Vengeance) heads to China for the first time to deliver a procedural piece about Chinese cops and drug traffickers. A Johnny To regular, Louis Koo (Election, Triad Election) is Timmy Choi, a drug boss who after being arrested is forced to cooperate with police chief Zhang (Sun Honglei) to take down […]

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Only God Forgives

Only God Forgives

in American Movies

Orchestrated by mad scientist Nicolas Winding Refn, Only God Forgives looks like some kind of monstrous, artistic creation, the result of an incestuous cross between Drive and Valhalla Rising. Valhalla Rising was an uncompromising, minimalist, metaphysical Viking film while Drive was a successful homage to 80’s B-movies. Only God Forgives is a much more basic work and looking for any […]

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Killing Them Softly

Killing Them Softly

in American Movies

Here is a film that follows genre rules but manages to surprise, taking the audience in an unexpected direction. Is it another formatted thriller? No and the main character isn’t the hitman who pretends to kill his victims softly. This isn’t one of these young wannabe thugs attempting a robbery either. The real central figure is instead the U.S., still […]

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Lawless

Lawless

in American Movies

With his cerebral and physical western, The Proposition, director John Hillcoat had delivered an intriguing film, which was featuring holes. Filled with ellipses, his movie was roughly built on – sometimes clumsy and disjointed – narrative blocks. Those narrative gaps were symbolized by bullet holes through which the plot was piercing. With Lawless, Mr. Hillcoat goes the opposite direction, this time making […]

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A Prophet

A Prophet

in French Movies

While one might have expected another prison movie, A Prophet goes far beyond the limits of this sub-genre. Supported by a scenario of infinite richness, Jacques Audiard’s film takes the time to breath, halfway, taking the audience on surprising roads with unpredictable ends… Beginning with a 50 franc bill and ending with thousands of euros, A Prophet is about the […]

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