★★★☆☆ USA. 1h6m. Crime / Comedy. Directed by Lowell Sherman. Written by Harvey F. Thew, John Bright (screenplay) and Mae West (“Diamond Lil”). Cinematography by Charles Lang. Edited by Alexander Hall. Music by John Leipold. Starring Mae West, Cary Grant, Owen Moore, Gilbert Roland, Noah Beery Sr., David Landau, Rafaela Ottiano, Dewey Robinson.
A tale of a barroom singer entangled in criminal connections. Famous for West’s many double entendres and quips, including her best-known, “Why don’t you come up sometime and see me?” In her next film, later that year, she had altered it to, “Why don’t you come up and see me sometime?”
★★★★★ USA. 2h9m. Crime / Comedy. Directed by George Roy Hill. Written by David S. Ward. Cinematography by Robert Surtees. Edited by William Reynolds. Music by Marvin Hamlisch. Starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Robert Earl Jones, Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Eileen Brennan, Harold Gould, John Hefferman, Dana Elcar.
Involves a complicated plot by two professional grifters (Paul Newman and Robert Redford) to con a mob boss (Robert Shaw). The film was directed by George Roy Hill, who had directed Newman and Redford in the western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Released on Christmas Day of 1973, The Sting was a massive critical and commercial success and was hugely successful at the 46th Academy Awards, being nominated for ten Oscars and winning seven, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Writing (Original Screenplay). Regarded as one of the greatest films ever made.
★★★☆☆ USA. 2h5m. Crime / Thriller. Directed by Oliver Stone. Written by John Ridley, Oliver Stone (screenplay) and John Ridley (“Stray Dogs”). Cinematography by Robert Richardson. Edited by Hank Corwin, Thomas J. Nordberg. Music by Ennio Morricone. Starring Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Powers Boothe, Claire Danes, Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Voight.
A neo-noir thriller about a drifter who ends up stranded in a small town, where he gets involved in a murder plot.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h39m. Crime / Drama. Directed by Jon Rosten. Written by Jon Rosten. Cinematography by Armando Salas. Edited by Jon Rosten. Music by Mark Petrie. Starring George Katt, Danny Trejo, Caroline Macey, Renee George, Heather Trzyna, Miguel Angel Munguia, Jessica Martine.
Valley Of Angels concerns a young West LA drug dealer who searches for a path out of his dangerous existence.
★★★★☆ USA. 2h4m. Crime / Romance. Directed by David Lynch. Written by David Lynch (screenplay) and Barry Gifford (“Wild At Heart”). Cinematography by Frederick Elmes. Edited by Duwayne Dunham. Music by Angelo Badalamenti. Starring Nicholas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, Crispin Glover, Diane Ladd, Isabella Rossellini, Harry Dean Stanton.
Sailor Ripley (Cage) and Lula Pace Fortune (Dern), a young couple from Cape Fear, North Carolina, go on the run from Lula’s domineering mother and the gangsters she hires to kill Sailor.
★★★★☆ USA / Japan. 1h52m. Crime / Drama. Directed by Sydney Pollack. Written by Paul Schrader, Robert Towne (screenplay) and Leonard Schrader (story). Cinematography by Kozo Okazaki, Duke Callaghan. Edited by Don Guidice, Thomas Stanford, Frederic Steinkamp. Music by Dave Grusin. Starring Robert Mitchum, Ken Takakura, Brian Keith, Herb Edelman, Richard Jordan, Keiko Kishi, Eiji Okada, James Shigeta, Kyosuke Machida, Christina Kokubo.
The Yakuza is about a retired American detective who returns to Japan after being decades away in order to rescue his friend’s daughter, kidnapped by the eponymous crime syndicate. Following a lackluster initial release, the film has since gained a cult following.
★★★★☆ USA. 2h37m. Mystery / Crime. Directed by David Fincher. Written by James Vanderbilt (screenplay) and Robert Graysmith (“Zodiac”, “Zodiac Unmasked”). Cinematography by Harris Savides. Edited by Angus Wall. Music by David Shire. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Anthonoy Edwards, Brian Cox, Elias Koteas, Donal Logue, John Carroll Lynch, Dermot Mulroney.
Zodiac tells the story of the manhunt for the Zodiac Killer, a serial murderer who terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area during the late 1960s and early 1970s, taunting police with letters, bloodstained clothing, and ciphers mailed to newspapers.