★★★☆☆ 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 potboiler about a drifter who ends up stranded in a small town, where he gets involved in a murder plot.

★★★★★  USA. 2h11m. Crime / Noir. Directed by Roman Polanski. Produced by Robert Evans. Written by Robert Towne. Starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Hillerman, Perry Lopez, Burt Young, John Huston. Music by Jerry Goldsmith. Cinematography by John A. Alonzo. Edited by Sam O’Steen.

A private detective in 1930s Los Angeles uncovers a complex criminal scheme that will prove to upend his life.