Noir

The Samaritan
Directed by DAVID WEAVER    CA | 2012 | U

After twentyfive years in prison, Foley (Samuel L. Jackson) is finished with the grifter’s life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris (Ruth Negga), the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion: Ethan (Luke Kirby), the son of his former partner, has an ingenious plan and he wants Foley in. The harder Foley tries to escape his past, the tighter he is ensnared in Ethan’s web of secrets, until it becomes all too clear to Foley that some wrongs can never be made right.

In Theaters/On Demand
Brighton Rock
Directed by Rowan Joffe    US | 2011 | U

Based on Graham Greene’s chilling 1938 novel, BRIGHTON ROCK is the hard-boiled, visually captivating debut film of Rowan Joffe. An official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival, the film features an incredible cast of both British acting royalty and brilliant newcomers. Sam Riley (CONTROL) is the young antihero Pinkie, a cunning charmer trying to make his mark on the vicious gangland of Brighton. When a young waitress (Andrea Riseborough, who was nominated for 2 BIFAs for her breakthrough performance) stumbles on evidence that links Pinkie and his gang to a revenge killing, he draws her into a conned romance to keep
the loose end tied up. When Rose’s world-weary boss (Oscar-winner Helen Mirren) becomes suspicious of the enigmatic young man hanging around her charge, the tangled web becomes a deadly game of psychological cat-and-mouse – an atmostpheric mystery-noir that fully
captures the mood of Greene’s violent and sexually daring masterpiece.

In Theaters/On Demand
Following
Directed by Christopher Nolan    UK | U

The first film by the Oscar-nominated director of MEMENTO, THE PRESTIGE and THE DARK KNIGHT, Christopher Nolan, FOLLOWING is a tantalizing indie neo-noir.

Out of boredom and frustration, a writer picks out strangers at random from the crowded streets of London and follows them. He shadows people to see where they go, how they spend their days. Reasoning to himself that he is gathering useful material for the fictional characters in his writing, he starts following the same people more than once, drawn to discovering more about their lives. He is confronted by a professional burglar named Cobb who demands to know why he is following him. Cobb then takes him along on a robbery, showing him the ropes and demonstrating his ability to make deductions about his victims from their possessions. Increasingly involved in Cobb’s nefarious activities and obsessed with a woman whose home they’ve burgled, he becomes enmeshed in a perilous web.

Festival Direct
Vengeance
Directed by Johnnie To    HK | 2010 | U

In this latest action-packed adventure from the director of EXILED and ELEXTION, a French chef swears (the inimitable Johnny Hallyday) revenge after a violent attack on his daughter’s family in Hong Kong, during which her husband and her two children are murdered. To help him find the killers, he hires three local hit-men working for the mafia. To’s trademark blend of non-stop action and humor return in spades in this english-language thrill ride.

Festival Direct
Foul Gesture
Directed by Itshak (Tzahi) Grad    IL | 2009 | U

Foul Gesture follows a week in the life of Michael Klienhouse, your typical next-door neighbor, married with a child, the one you think you figured out already. One day, on the morning of the Holocaust Memorial Day, minutes before the siren is due to be heard, Michael runs into Dreyfus. Tamar, Michael’s wife, has just flipped Dreyfus the finger, and Dreyfus deliberately hits the gas paddle of his black car and runs into Michael’s open car door, almost hitting her. A law-abiding citizen, Michael hopes to resolve the situation with the help of the authorities, only to find out that the 60-year-old Dreyfus, an old war hero, is a violent man with connections and friends in high places.

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