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    Thank You, Mr. Moto

    Thank You, Mr. Moto

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    Released 1937
    Thank You, Mr. Moto is the second in the Mr. Moto series of films, released in 1937 and directed by Norman Foster. It is loosely based on the book of the same name by the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist John P. Marquand, and stars Peter Lorre as the Japanese detective Kentaro Moto. The film opens in the Gobi Desert, with Moto and his traveling companions settling down to sleep. After Moto kills a man who attempts to steal a scroll from him, it is revealed that this is one of seven scrolls which give directions to the hidden grave of Genghis Khan. A deadly and murderous race is soon on between Moto and a number of other treasure hunters including Colonel Tchernov (Sig Ruman), Herr Koerger (Sidney Blackmer) and Eleanor Joyce (Jayne Regan) to be the first to find the grave and the treasure it contains. The hunters must also compete with the Chung family, who seek to safeguard the tomb.moreless
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    It! The Terror From Beyond Space

    It! The Terror From Beyond Space

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    Released 1958
    It! The Terror From Beyond Space is a 1958 science fiction/horror movie directed by Edward L. Cahn. After a manned space shuttle lands on Mars in 1973, Colonel Edward Carruthers (Marshall Thompson) makes a desperate call to Earth to state that his nine crew members have been killed by an alien. The United States Space Commission doubts his story and suspects that he murdered his crew. A new shuttle, which is led by Commander Van Heusen (Kim Spalding), then travels to Mars to bring Carruthers back to Earth for questioning. When Van Heusen and the crew take Carruthers into their spacecraft, they are initially hostile towards him and refuse to listen to his warnings about alien lifeforms. However, they soon realize that Carruthers is telling the truth when they discover that a bloodthirsty creature has boarded their spacecraft through the airlock. As the alien begins a vicious assault on the astronauts, they must find a way to kill the creature before it kills them.moreless
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    Sexy Beast

    Sexy Beast

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    Released 2001
    Sexy Beast is a 2000 crime drama from director Jonathan Glazer that mixes a fascinating character study with humor and brutal violence. Gary 'Gal' Dove (Ray Winstone) retires from his life of crime along with his beloved wife, Deedee (Amanda Redman). They have found a blissful spot in rural Spain that they share with their friends Aitch (Cavan Kendall) and Jackie (Julianne White). Their lives are a relaxing series of barbeques until a former criminal associate Don Logan (Ben Kingsley) arrives. Logan has a plan to rob a British bank and expects Gal to participate as part of his hand-picked crew. Gal wants to leave the past behind but clearly fears the volatile Logan, who will not take no for an answer. Eventually, Gal agrees to travel with Logan back to London, and joins up with the rest of the criminal crew, including the frightening Teddy Bass (Ian McShane). Kingsley received an Academy Award nomination for his chilling portrayal of a criminal sociopath.moreless
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    Broken Flowers

    Broken Flowers

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    Released 2005
    Broken Flowers is a comedy-drama about a lifelong bachelor trying to figure out if he actually has a son. Don Johnston (Bill Murray) has lived a life of leisure, earning plenty of money and taking on a string of lovers. One day, he receives a letter in the mail from an anonymous ex-lover telling him that he has a 19 year-old son. Initially, Don intends to do nothing about it, but his neighbor, Winston (Jeffrey Wright) convinces him that he should try to find the boy. After some investigation, the two men decide that there are four likely candidates who may have sent the letter, and Don sets out to meet all of them. Each encounter with an ex-lover is different, but all are fraught with some degree of anger or emotional instability. Throughout his journey, however, Don is never able to get a definitive answer from any of the women with whom he once had a relationship. After a lifetime of being a cad, is there any redemption for a man who never truly loved anyone other than himself?moreless
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    The Hard Way

    The Hard Way

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    Released 1991
    This buddy-action comedy mocks its genre. Actor Michael J. Fox needs to get under a cop's skin to research an upcoming role, and he picks an irritable New York City hard case (James Woods) as his source material. As if dealing with Fox weren't enough, the cop has a serial killer to catch. Fox soon learns that in the real world, you can't say "Cut."moreless
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    And Justice For All

    And Justice For All

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    Released 1979
    And Justice for All is the 1979 famed Al Pacino courtroom drama directed by Norman Jewison, and now available on Crackle.com. The film also features the famous actor/teacher Lee Strasberg (whom Pacino studied with and starred along side of in "The Godfather Part II"). It features the famous scene in which Pacino's character, morally conflicted attorney Arthur Kirkland, grabs the judges gavel and screams "You're out of order! You're out of order! The whole trial is out of order!". Kirkland is an idealistic lawyer who believes the law should serve and protect the people above all. He lands a rape case that shakes him to the bone. Kirkland's defendant is a wicked judge who discloses his guilt to him. Kirkland must decide whether to continue defending his client as the law dictates everyone is entitled to a defense, or go against his duty and turn the crooked judge in. The film received 2 academy award nominations - one for Pacino's performance in a leading role, and one for the original screenplay.moreless
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    The Man From Laramie

    The Man From Laramie

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    Released 1955
    The Man From Laramie is an American Western starring James Stewart as Will Lockhart, a cowboy who gets caught up in the dangerous affairs of a ranching family in Coronado after bringing a shipment of supplies there from Laramie. The Waggoman family run a profitable business in Coronado. Amongst their several legal enterprises, popular opinion has it that they also sell guns to a local Native American tribe, guns that killed Will Lockhart's brother. The more time Lockhart spends in Coronado the harder it is for him to leave, as the scheming Waggoman family bait the traveling cowboy into a series of fights. He takes refuge at the estate of another local rancher, Kate Canady, who hopes the strong-willed cowboy will put an end to the Waggoman's reign once and for all. The Man From Laramie is a classic Western, and it's the fifth collaboration between Stewart and famed Western and film noir director Anthony Mann.moreless
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    The Eyes of Laura Mars

    The Eyes of Laura Mars

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    Released 1978
    The Eyes of Laura Mars is a 1978 thriller starring Faye Dunaway and Tommy Lee Jones in a film about a popular fashion photographer with a penchant for violent scenes who becomes caught in a string of murders as bloody and depraved as her photographs. Dunaway plays Laura Mars, a beautiful artist with an eye for violence. Her work is well-known and controversial. She has an upcoming anthology featuring a selection of her work called The Eyes of Laura Mars, but shortly before its release she begins experiencing disturbing visions of people close to her having their eyes stabbed with an ice pick. The visions become even more disturbing when she discovers they're visions of reality, and her friends are actually dying. The police realize she's the central target of a serial killer. Lt. John Neville (Tommy Lee Jones) is appointed to the case, and he develops a rocky romance with Laura while he protects her from harm. As the killer creeps closer to Laura, she must wonder who could commit these crimes, why she's seeing the visions, and if there's any chance she'll survive. The Eyes of Laura Mars is directed by Irvin Kershner and written by John Carpenter.moreless
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    Black Friday

    Black Friday

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    Released 2007
    Black Friday is Anurag Kashyap's on screen adaptation of S. Hussain Zaidi's well known book. It's the story of investigations that took place following the aftermath of the serial bomb blasts in 1993 in Bombay.moreless
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    In the Electric Mist

    In the Electric Mist

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    Released 2008
    In the Electric Mist is a 2009 crime drama directed by Bertrand Tavemier based on the novel, In the Electric Mist of the Confederate Dead, by James Lee Burke. Detective Dave Robicheaux (Tommy Lee Jones) lives in Louisanna and wants to bring down a notorious gangster "Baby Feet" Balboa (John Goodman) who is believed to be involved in the murder of several girls in New Orleans. At the same time, Dave sees the ghosts of Confederate soldiers from the Civil War who are long dead and thinks he is losing his mind. He is also haunted by a decades old mystery involving the murder of a black man in a local swamp that went unsolved. Dave begins to suspect that the murders of the black man and the girls may be linked. Together with his partner, Rosie Gomez (Justina Muchado), the two begin to uncover crime and corruption that reaches far back into the past.moreless
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    Hide

    Hide

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    Released 2008
    Hide was released in 2009, and is rated R. This horror movie was written by Greg Rosati and directed by K.C. Bascombe. It was produced by Wishbone Entertainment and filmed in Argentina. After seven years in jail, convicted murderer Billy (Christian Kane) gets transferred to another facility in a different state to face retrial due to a jurisdictional technicality in his favor. This presents Betty (Rachel Miner) with an opportunity to break her lover out. Once freed, this duo heads to where they hid the take from the last job, only to find it missing. But, circumstances are such that they realize they must come face to face with the pain and havoc that they had brought into so many lives already. Tagged as a slasher and serial killer movie, this may be too much for the squeamish, and fair warning should be given to those that prefer not to watch such genres.moreless
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    Peeping Tom

    Peeping Tom

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    Released 1960
    Peeping Tom, first seen in 1960, is now regarded as a classic psychological thriller; but, when new, it was by far the most controversial film ever to be made by the legendary British director Michael Powell. It concerns Mark, a shy, repressed young man who works as a cameraman on films and in his spare time makes some extra cash on the side taking still photographs of scantily clad models. But he is also a serial killer who films his (always female) victims at the very moment of their deaths. Even seen today, the film is a pretty shocking one.moreless
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    Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor

    Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor

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    Released 1994
    Streetwise fighter David Sloan (Sasha Mitchell) returns for the fourth installment of the Kickboxer series. This time around, he's trapped inside a prison for a murder he didn't commit, and his wife (Deborah Mansy) has become a sexual slave in his absence. The authorities agree to release him if he can lead them to the hideout of Tong Po (Kamel Krifa), the villain who's holding his wife captive. But can he deliver the goods?moreless
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    The Good German

    The Good German

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    Released 2006
    The Good German is a 2006 historical thriller starring George Clooney as a 1940s war correspondent embroiled in a Berlin murder. World War II has ended and reporter Jake Geismer (George Clooney) has been assigned the Berlin beat to cover the Occupation and the Allies' peaceful transition. Then, he receives a visit from a former girlfriend, Lena Brandt (Cate Blanchett), who asks for his help locating her missing husband, Emile (Christian Oliver). Both the American and Russian armies want to find Emile, and Lena's secretive past may endanger her in the new Germany. Jake tries to help Lena, though he begins to doubt some of her stories. He relies on the black market connections of his army driver, Tully (Tobey Maguire), to help find a way out for Lena. Unfortunately, post-war Berlin is a desperate and dark place. Directed by Steven Soderbergh ("Ocean's Eleven"), this noir mystery was based on the popular novel by Joseph Kanon.moreless
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    Boy Eats Girl

    Boy Eats Girl

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    Released 2005
    Boy Eats Girl is a 2005 horror/comedy film directed by Stephen Bradley. After lovelorn teenager Nathan (David Leon) learns that Jessica (Samantha Mumba), the girl he with whom he is infatuated, has another boyfriend, he decides that he wants to end his life. When his mother (Dierdre O' Kane) finds him hanging in his room, she is heartbroken. She then uses a book of voodoo spells that she finds hidden in a church to cast a reanimation spell on Nathan. He awakens the next day, but he does not remember what happened and goes to school. Soon, Nathan discovers that he is hungry for human flesh and struggles to stop himself from eating Jessica. However, his appetite becomes uncontrollable and he soon bites someone, which causes other people to be infected by his disease. As more kids turn into zombies, Nathan's mother tries to find a way to reverse the spell.moreless
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    Nosferatu: The Gothic Industrial Mix

    Nosferatu: The Gothic Industrial Mix

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    Released 1922
    Nosferatu: The Gothic Industrial Mix is an exciting 1922 adaptation of the classic story of Dracula that provides an interesting and new (for the time) perspective on the psyche of the tortured and villainous character of the Gothic vampire. The film is silent and filmed in black-and-white. If that didn't make it disturbing enough, it includes an entirely Gothic soundtrack to emphasize the disturbing and psychological effects of the film as a whole. Although the story is very similar to the original Bram Stroker formula provided in Dracula, it definitely has its own tale to tell: the story features the journey of Count Orlok (Max Schreck) to locate and infatuate the love interest of the unsuspecting Thomas Hutter (Gustav Von Wangenheim), who takes a turn for the worse upon a visit with Orlok. This rendition of the classic tale, however, provides a psychological insight into vampires that is not touched upon in previous versions by diving into the reasoning behind a vampire's actions and the difficulty of his position in the world.moreless
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    Striking Distance

    Striking Distance

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    Released 1993
    Striking Distance is a 1993 thriller directed by Rowdy Herrington. Pittsburgh Police Sergeant Tom Hardy (Bruce Willis) has reported his partner and cousin, Jimmy Detillo (Robert Pastorelli), for using too much force against a suspect. Jimmy decides to commit suicide rather than face going to prison. Tom and his father, Captain Vince Hardy (John Mahoney), get involved in a chase to catch a serial killer nicknamed the Polish Hill strangler. Tom is knocked unconscious following a car crash while chasing a suspect and awakes to learn that his father has been killed, most likely at the hands of the Polish Hill strangler. A suspect is caught but Tom is far from convinced about his guilt. Two years later there are further murders of women who had all previously dated Tom, convincing him that the serial killer is still at large. Tom is assigned a new partner, Jo Christman (Sarah Jessica Parker), but Christman's real name is Emily Harper and she has been tasked with investigating Tom to find evidence of misconduct. Tom becomes a suspect in the murders but he remains convinced that the killer is linked with the police force. The film progresses towards a conclusion and the true identity of the killer.moreless
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    Final Analysis

    Final Analysis

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    Released 1992
    Final Analysis (1992) is a dark neo-noir psychological thriller directed by Phil Janou. The story focuses on eminent Freudian psychiatrist Dr. Isaac Baar (Richard Gere) and his relationship with troubled patient Diana Baylor (Uma Thurman). Diana is struggling with painful and traumatic childhood experiences and has suppressed memories involving her alcoholic father and his horrific death in a fire. Dr. Baar meets with Diana's sister Heather Evans ( Kim Basinger) in an attempt to find out more information about Diana's childhood and to see if Heather can recall any crucial memories that Baylor has forgotten. Dr. Baar and Heather soon begin a steamy, passionate love affair. The affair places both of them is grave danger as Heather is married to the sadistic Jimmy Evans (Eric Roberts), a violent gangster with a long criminal history. Evans is brutally murdered and as the evidence mounts Dr. Baar starts to believe that he has been framed for murder. Was he set up by Heather? Was Diana involved? There are many shocking twists and turns before the mystery is resolved.moreless
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    The Trial

    The Trial

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    Released 1962
    An unassuming office worker in an un-named country is arrested and faces trial, but he is never told with what crime he is charged.
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    Sleepwalkers

    Sleepwalkers

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    Released 1992
    Sleepwalkers is a 1992 horror film based on a story by Stephen King. Mary Brady (Alice Krige) and her teenage son, Charles (Brian Krause), are creatures known as Sleepwalkers. They appear in public as attractive humans, but they are really energy-devouring shapeshifters who naturally look like mutant cats. The only creatures that they are afraid of are real cats, which can kill Sleepwalkers by scratching them. When they move to a new town, Mary tasks her son with the job of finding a young virgin so that they can drain her life force and satisfy their growing hunger. Charles soon meets and charms a beautiful, innocent, high school student named Tanya Robertson (Madchen Amick). As Mary pressures Charles to eat her energy, he soon realizes that it is going to be more difficult than he anticipated. Meanwhile, the cats in town sense the presence of the Sleepwalkers and gather for a fight.moreless
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