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Air America
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Year:
1990
Genre:
Action
Comedy
Synopsis:

It was someone else’s war. But it was their sky.

In 1969, innocuous airline upstart Air America is, as a matter of fact, a CIA front running covert operations, supply drops, smuggling runs, and all manner of naughtiness into and out of Laos-a place that President Richard Nixon assures the world Americans are not, as a matter of fact, in.

Given the dangerous work, Air America needs pilots, so they recruit reckless helicopter pilot Billy Covington who has a hard time adapting to the lifestyle. His mentor, Gene Ryack, has seen it all, and Covington soon learns that Air America has many functions-including making Ryack a tidy profit on the side smuggling guns and weapons into Laos. However, when a Senator arrives on a fact-finding mission from the United States, the entire Air America operation is in jeopardy and the CIA needs to find a patsy, fast. It wouldn’t be fetching for the CIA to be caught in cahoots with a local warlord smuggling heroin, now would it? It’s perfect timing-a new pilot just arrived to frame the crime on!

Spectacular action sequences and engaging performances by Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr make this big-budgeter entertaining and provocative.” – Variety

Director, Roger Spottiswoode gives the film a sumptuous look that captures Vietnam Laos in both beautiful realism and harsher surroundings, in addition offering some superb aerial photography and stunts that include an amazing crash landing sequence that I have never seen bettered since on film.” – The Digital Fix

Angel Heart
Director: Alan Parker
Year:
1987
Genre:
Thriller
Synopsis:

It will scare you to your very soul.

It’s 1955. Small time New York City gumshoe Harry Angel is hired through a law firm by a mysterious man named Louis Cyphre. Cyphre tells Harry that choosing him as the private investigator for this case was by no accident despite Harry not knowing who Cyphre is or in turn Cyphre not directly stating why he chose Harry. The case is to locate a man by the name of Johnny Favorite, a popular singer before World War II, who served in the war and supposedly was institutionalized due to his injuries since, although Cyphre has not seen Favorite during that time. As Harry progresses through the case, he doesn’t quite trust Cyphre as every step Harry takes leads to people angry about his questions and/or who want to beat him. Johnny’s associates are highly populated by those into mysticism and particularly voodoo, which takes Harry to New Orleans. As Harry continues his investigation, one by one, the people he interviews turn up dead. Although Harry isn’t sure if he wants to continue with the case, he does so if only to satisfy his own curiosity as to Johnny’s whereabouts and why Cyphre wants to find him.

Alan Parker’s atmospheric and controversial thriller stars Mickey Rourke as Harry Angel, and Robert De Niro as Louis Cyphre.

Erotic, twisty and incredibly disturbed. Splendid!” – Needcoffee.com

Alan Parker’s pulp sensibilities are beautifully honed by this razor-sharp piece of occult noir.” – Flipside Movie Emporium

Seriously creepy bayou noir with more twists than you can shake a chicken bone at.” – eFilmCritic.com

Animals
Director: Greg Zglinski
Year:
2017
Genre:
Thriller
Synopsis:

A collision with a sheep on a country road initiates a whole series of weird and unsettling experiences for Anna and Nick which ultimately leave them both incapable of being certain exactly where they are: in the real world, in their own imaginations – or in someone else’s imagination.

Andrea jumps out of a third floor window in a Viennese tenement building. Anna and Nick live in the very same building. She believes Nick used to have an affaire with Andrea and decides to try to start over in a holiday house in Switzerland. Meanwhile attractive Mischa is hired as housesitter for the Viennese flat. Anna can’t help to notice her physical likeness with Andrea. Even in far away Lousanne an ice cream vendour reminds her strongly of Andrea. Slowly various story levels start to overlap and dissolve into each other. On top of all of that strange things start happening in their holiday home, which apparently only Anna experiences. Anna starts to doubt her sanity, to suspect that she’s trapped in a parallel reality, from where there’s no way back. Is it because of her car crash with Nick? Is she imagining things? Or does Nick really start to engage in an affaire with the ice cream vendour, who looks so much like Andrea? Or is Mischa actually Andrea and dreams that Anna goes crazy?

“This darkly comic thriller about a married couple’s nightmarish alpine retreat pays obvious dues to Hitchcock, Polanski and Lynch, but is too stylish and self-aware to fall into the trap of mere pastiche. As a superior genre exercise, it is assured a healthy festival future, but venturesome distributors may also see the potential in its classy European psycho-horror pedigree.” – Hollywood Reporter

“A film that is transformed into a sublime four-handed symphony.” – CineEuropa

“All we can say: it just works, on a gut level and on an aesthetic level… Yet it’s not the destination, but the journey there which makes Tiere worthwhile and a wild box of fun. After the credits rolled, I wanted to see it again.” – Berlin Film Journal

Armour of God
Director: Jackie Chan
Year:
1986
Genre:
Action
Comedy
Synopsis:

Jackie Chan in his greatest adventure ever!

Chan plays Jackie, aka the Asian Hawk, an Indiana Jones-style adventurer looking to make a fortune finding exotic antiquities. After discovering a mysterious sword in Africa, a band of Satan-worshipping monks kidnap Jackie’s ex-girlfriend Lorelei, demanding as ransom the sword and other pieces of the legendary Armour of God – a reportedly magical outfit dating back to the Crusades. He manages to get the objects in question from wealthy collector Bannon, and together with Bannon’s daughter May and, of course, Hong Kong rock star Alan, the three head out to rescue Lorelei. When they do, they discover too late that she has been brainwashed. She drugs Alan, taking him and the armor back to the monastery. Jackie is forced to take on an army of satanic monks single-handedly.

This film is especially remembered as the shoot that almost killed Jackie Chan. While jumping from one tree to another, he slipped and plunged almost 40 feet landing on his head. True to hallowed Hong Kong tradition, that outtake along with dozens of others is included at the end of the film.

“The film hits escape velocity, moving straight from one phenomenal set piece to another, with no room between to catch your breath.” – TV Guide’s Movie Guide

“An excellent example of Chan at his comic/kick-’em-up best, blending elements of both James Bond and Indiana Jones, along with the requisite zany fights and stunts.” – Deseret News, Salt Lake City

“Overflowing with Chan’s trademark stunt setpieces (not to mention his own goony brand of extremely broad slapstick), the film’s a dazzler…” – Austin Chronicle

Bruce Lee, My Brother
Director: Raymond Yip Wai Man
Year:
2011
Genre:
Action
Drama
Synopsis:

A dramatic biopic of the eponymous martial arts legend as told by his younger brother, Robert Lee.

It revolves around Bruce Lee’s life as a rebellious adolescent in Hong Kong until he sets off for the USA and conquers the world at the age of 18 with only US$100 in his pocket.

As a young man, Bruce Lee was a rebel who was always engaging in street fights with his buddies, Kong and Unicorn. Invincible as a street fighter, Bruce’s romantic escapades are not as smooth and successful. He is head over heels in love with Mandy only to realize his mate Kong shares the same passion. Meanwhile, another girl Monique has a crush on him. Against his father’s wishes, Bruce studies the Wing Chun martial arts style instead of Tai-chi and tastes his first “public” triumph by knocking out a Caucasian boxer at a tournament with his kung-fu skills. On the eve of his triumph, he learns that Kong has become a drug addict and decides to rumble the drug lord’s den together with Unicorn. This renders him the target of both the triads and corrupted cops who want him in jail. To save his life, Lee’s father has no choice but to send him off to San Francisco to pursue his studies. And the rest is history…

Bruce Lee, My Brother is a fitting tribute about the early life of Bruce Lee, hitting the mark on famous milestones in his life, and showing his character not as the superstar to be, but the down to earth and fiercely loyal friend, brother and son he was known to all those close to him.

Comet
Director: Sam Esmail
Year:
2014
Genre:
Drama
Comedy
Synopsis:

Comet is a one-of-a-kind cosmic love story.

Set in a parallel universe, Comet bounces back and forth over the course of an unlikely but perfectly paired couple’s six-year relationship.

Justin Long and Emmy Rossum are star-crossed lovers whose relationship blooms and unravels over the course of six years in this mysterious, dazzlingly original romance. When a chance encounter brings together the cynical Dell and the quick-witted Kimberly, the stage is set for a tempestuous love affair that unfolds like a puzzle. As the film zigzags back and forth in time-from a meteor shower in LA, to an encounter in a Paris hotel room, to a fateful phone call-an unforgettable portrait of a relationship emerges.

Comet is a truly original modern love story that mixes the charm and wit of ‘Before Sunrise’ and ‘High Fidelity’ with the passion, beauty and heartbreak of ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ and ‘Garden State’. Hailed as the next ‘500 Days of Summer’ by multiple reviewers at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Comet features sparkling chemistry between Emmy Rossum and Justin Long, snappy dialogue, and a fresh, unique take on the beloved romantic comedy.

“An ambitious and promising debut.” – Empire Magazine

“An engaging cinematic disquisition about the white-hot passion and toxic exasperation of young love, as well as a rather wonderful showcase for Justin Long and Emmy Rossum.” – Screen International

“’Comet’ is an original and inventive retelling of an age-old and universal truth, one expressed in Kimberly’s favorite Roxette song: it must have been love, but it’s over now.” – The Playlist

Dragons Forever
Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Corey Yuen
Year:
1988
Genre:
Action
Synopsis:

Three successful Hong Kong lawyers are hired by a chemical company of questionable ethics and must eventually make a difficult decision when their employer’s motives become clear.

Jackie Lung is a philandering attorney who has been hired by ruthless gangster Hua Hsien-wu, who thwarts a lawsuit brought about by the wealthy and angry Miss Yip. Her complains center around Hua’s chemical factory, which she claims is polluting the local drinking water. Hua – who is making illegal drugs in the factory – isn’t about to give up this lucrative franchise and resorts to all manners of less-than-legal means to defend it. Jackie gets his buddies Wong Fei-hung and Tung Tak-biao to convince Miss Yip to sell her fish farm. When Fei-hung moves in next to Miss Yip, he starts to seduce her while Jackie tries to attract Yip’s comely lawyer. Of course, the scheme falls flat when Jackie and Fei-hung realize that they have actually fallen for their marks while realizing that Hua is a very evil man.

“A true knockout for kung fu fans!” – Film Journal International

“Good storyline, great characters, frantic, fast-paced, hardcore, brutal punishment/stunts, make this a must see movie! It really is that good!” – Kung Fu Kingdom

“Dragons Forever is a movie that will appeal to die-hard Martial Arts film fans, as well as newbies just getting into the genre. Quality stuff.” – Comeuppance Reviews

Family Tree, The
Director: Vivi Friedman
Year:
2011
Genre:
Drama
Comedy
Synopsis:

Life in suburban Serenity, Ohio is never quite as serene as it appears. And just when the Burnett family –  Bunnie, Jack and their twin 17 year olds Eric and Kelly – seems a lost cause, they get an unlikely and unexpected second chance at happiness when an unusual accident leaves  Bunnie with a  case of amnesia. Her memory loss confuses everyone – but no one more than Bunnie, who cannot remember her bad marriage, her children, or even the affair that caused her amnesia. After all, every family has its hang-ups.

But before long, a stew of past relationships, kids with guns, suicidal teachers, a very zealous religious club, misinterpreted advances, corporate down-sizing, and one very tricky mother-in-law combine to create enough mayhem to test the resolve, sanity and future of any family!

The Family Tree is a hilarious and touching, offbeat but timely and ultimately uplifting comedy which explores the frailties and complexities of the contemporary American family – and what it takes to survive in a suburban jungle fraught with loaded weapons, star-crossed lovers,  teens run amok,  religious intolerance,  and even a voyeur or two in the mix.

“Some people will laugh; others will protest.  Either way, this movie isn’t afraid to deliver a message. Simply put… it has balls.” – Blake French, AMC FilmCritic.com

“The Family Tree… is nuts, in a really great way.” – Sean Kernan, WeGotThisCovered.com

“I honestly laughed more times watching this film than I did the summer’s other box office laughers.” – Fiore Mastracci, The Examiner

Fist of Fury
Director: Wei Lo
Year:
1972
Genre:
Action
Synopsis:

Bruce fights to defend the honor of the Chinese in the face of foreign aggression, and to bring to justice those responsible for his master’s death.

Returning to Shanghai to marry his fiancée, Chen Zhen (Bruce Lee) a student of renowned martial arts teacher Huo Yuanjia, discovers his sifu has died. During the funeral, members of a local Japanese dojo show up and insult the Chinese students. The bullying continues, with Chen fighting back, but when he discovers the truth – that his teacher was poisoned on the orders of the dojo’s master – he sets off on a doomed mission of revenge.

Fist of Fury features stunt work by a young Jackie Chan (who served as Lee’s double).

“Lee is decidedly an eye-catching figure as he takes on all comers, singly or in whimpering groups, in stylized, Karate-like bouts with swift, balletic moves, baleful stares, deadly flying fists and legs and, of course, all the necessary eerie shouts.” – New York Times

“In any genre, films run the full spectrum of quality – from terrible to mediocre, from good to fantastic. But only a few have achieved the distinction of being truly groundbreaking and worthy of historical note. ’Fist of Fury’ is unquestionably one of these prime examples.” – Kung Fu Kingdom

“The screen presence of Bruce Lee is undeniably strong. His fluidity in Kung Fu is amazing to watch, and he compresses the rage of a tormented culture into a physical art of retribution that promotes this film into a league of Asian classics.” – BBC

In Bloom
Director: Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß
Year:
2013
Genre:
Arthouse
Drama
Synopsis:

Tbilisi, Georgia, 1992: The Soviet era is over and Georgia must fend for itself.
Civil war is raging in the province of Abkhazia. For Natia and Eka, the barely fourteen-year-old protagonists of Grzeli nateli dgeebi, childhood is coming to an end. Eka is growing up without her father, rebelling against her concerned mother and her older sister. And Natia’s father, a choleric alcoholic, terrorises the entire family. The two friends cannot find peace outside of the family either – not in school, not on the street, and not in the bread lines. Chaos, insecurity, and fear of what the future might bring hold sway in everyday life. An admirer gives Natia a pistol with one single bullet. A little later, she’s abducted by another admirer…

“First feature film by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß takes up the buried traditions of Georgian cinema, weaving together loud and soft, melancholy and missing love, eruptions of violence and a sense of the idyllic, precocious cold-bloodedness and childlike naïveté into a wonderfully rhythmic, exciting cinematic composition.” – Berlinale 2013

“Georgia’s reputation as the latest cinematic hotspot for emerging talent is enhanced further by “In Bloom”, an absorbing, intelligently assembled coming-of-ager that revolves around two pubescent gal-pals…” – Variety

“An eye-pleasing aesthetic for a classy and absorbing debut.” – Hollywood Reporter

Last Knights
Director: Kazuaki Kiriya
Year:
2015
Genre:
Action
Synopsis:

A fallen warrior rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonored master.

When the corrupt minister Geza Mott demands more taxes from Lord Bartok, he goes to his castle with Commander Raiden and his knights. He challenges Geza Mott and tries to kill him but the Emperor sentences him to be beheaded by Raiden. Further, he deprives the castle and lands from his family. Geza Mott asks his commander to follow Raiden and builds an iron gate in the entrance of his castle expecting revenge, but Raiden prefers to drink instead becoming a drunkard. One year later, the knights want to seek revenge against the dishonor of their Lord. Geza Mott has neglected his security since Raiden is an alcoholic bum. What will happen to Raiden?

Academy Award Nominee Clive Owen delivers an electrifying performance as a fallen warrior who rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonored master – Academy Award Winner Morgan Freeman – in this epic, sword-clashing adventure of loyalty, honor, and vengeance.

“The visual style of the film is great, the look and feel of the characters is unique, the action is beautiful and fluid, the acting is solid, and the revenge plot is always satisfying especially when you throw in some unpredictability. I think we have a cult hit.” – Metacritic

“In an era where most of our screen heroes belong on a therapist’s couch, it’s refreshing to watch a film that believes in the power of good” – LA Weekly

“Last Knights is a swashbuckling adventure with a great cast, bound to be compared to Game of Thrones.” – Toronto Sun

Little Death, The
Director: Josh Lawson
Year:
2014
Genre:
Comedy
Synopsis:

The Little Death is a truly original comedy about sex, love, relationships and taboo. Debut director Josh Lawson presents a laugh out loud funny, honest and moving look at the secret sex lives of ordinary people.

In a multi-story narrative, we peer behind the closed doors of a seemingly normal suburban street… A woman with a dangerous fantasy and her partner’s struggle to please her. A man who begins an affair with his own wife without her knowing anything about it. A couple struggling to keep things together after a sexual experiment spins out of control. A woman who can only find pleasure in her husband’s pain. A call centre operator caught in the middle of a dirty and chaotic phone call. And the distractingly charming new neighbour who connects them all.

With an ensemble of Australia’s finest talent, The Little Death explores: why do we want what we want? How far will we go to get it? What are the consequences of that fleeting moment of sexual ecstasy? A moment the French call La Petite Mort. A moment we call The Little Death.

It’s quite a trick Lawson has pulled off, creating a film that’s as genuinely sweet as it is borderline offensive, and funny throughout. – Hollywood Reporter

A killer sex comedy! A brutally funny debut with this outrageous sex farce. – The Moveable Fest

Funny, heartbreaking, provocative, beautiful and gloriously embarrassing in all the right ways, this film hits all the right buttons. – Switch

Mellow Mud
Director: Renars Vimba
Year:
2016
Genre:
Arthouse
Drama
Synopsis:

Loneliness, disillusionment and the experience of first love.

No one shall know that their grandmother has died. To avoid being taken into the care of the authorities, 17-year-old Raya and her younger brother bury the old woman they grew up with in the garden by the apple orchard. With no one else to depend on, Raya has to organize daily survival for herself and her brother. She’s pinning all her hopes on their mother, who has emigrated to England. The film describes the difficult situation of those left behind in a country that many people have already abandoned. It is a portrait of a resourceful and determined young woman who refuses to give up her dreams despite the hardships life has thrown at her. In her constant struggle to evade the authorities, she tries to find her own happiness while taking care of her brother.

“Compelling, bittersweet coming-of-ager from first-time feature helmer-writer Renars Vimba. This evocatively shot realist tale benefits from a spare yet credible script and a knockout performance from big-screen debutant Elina Vaska… this is a title that will be appreciated by arthouse fans of all ages.” – Variety

“There is a spare beauty to this picture. It is lean, economic storytelling with no wasted scenes, and yet, largely thanks to a bravura performance from impressive newcomer Vaska, there is a real emotional depth here.” – Screen Daily

“(Mellow Mud) marks the assured feature debut of writer-director Renars Vimba… it has sufficient high-art polish to grab more festival platforms, where it will serve as a calling card for Vimba and his quietly magnetic young star Elina Vaska.” – Hollywood Reporter

Messenger, The
Director: Oren Moverman
Year:
2009
Genre:
Action
Drama
Synopsis:

An Iraq War veteran who just narrowly escaped death in combat struggles with his new post.

Will Montgomery has spent his fair share of time in army hospitals, and with just three months to go before returning to civilian life, he discovers that his girlfriend back home has decided to move on with her life. Crestfallen, Will discovers that his latest hope for a fresh start will be training to work for the Casualty Notification Office under the mentorship of senior officer Tony. As someone who had a close brush with death himself, Will isn’t sure that he’s the man to tell families that their own loved ones will never be coming home. Thankfully, in between his assignments, Tony offers a sympathetic ear and the two men form a bond that will ultimately help them to readjust to “normal” life. But once you’ve been in the thick of it, any true hope for a “normal” life after the military is just wishful thinking. Later, Will is drawn to the grieving widow of a fallen soldier, a development that forces him to ponder the ethical dilemma of starting a relationship with a woman in such a vulnerable position.

“An intelligent, superbly acted and moving drama that manages to say more about war and its consequences than most films set on the front line.” – Movie Talk

“Unpredictable, episodic, deeply resonant character piece.” – Time Out

“A poignant tale of redemption that counts as one of the very best films of the year.” – Cinematical

Millionaire Tour, The
Director: Inon Shampanier
Year:
2012
Genre:
Action
Thriller
Synopsis:

Buckle up for the ride of your life.

When travelling salesman Greg Newman hails a taxi at the airport, he has no idea that he is about to take the ride of his life. Everything is normal until the cab driver, Sammy, hits a young woman on the street. The ride takes a turn as, after the injured Billie and her companion Casper are invited into the taxi for a lift to the hospital, they carjack the cab, taking Sammy and Greg hostage.

Here, they begin The Millionaire Tour – a clever ploy by dangerous gangsters. Billie and Casper order Greg – at gunpoint – to stop at multiple ATMs where he maxes out each debit, credit, and ATM card, effectively draining his bank accounts. But Greg’s money isn’t the only thing they’re after…

Casper and Billie work for the powerful criminal The Roman, who has instructed them to deliver Greg to him. According to The Roman, Greg is actually mastermind con man “Julius Jacks” who has stolen millions from The Roman and has avoided capture – until now. And The Roman wants him dead.

As the cab approaches The Roman’s hideout, Greg pleads his case, insisting that he’s innocent, a humble salesman – least of all a criminal. But are Greg’s claims authentic, or the work of a true master of deception?

“New director Inon Shampanier’s action thriller packs a trunkful of zip and suspense.” – Sky.com

“Lot of twist’s and good creative writing that keeps you guessing.” – Betterthanimdb.com

“An interesting and enjoyable psychological thriller… It’s sure to keep you guessing and second guessing until the end. You may even guess right but you wont be certain where this one’s going until the credits come down.” – Letterboxed

No Retreat, No Surrender
Director: Corey Yuen
Year:
1986
Genre:
Action
Synopsis:

Tonight, he either fights for his life or he’ll be running for the rest of it.

Jason Stillwell is a young karate student who trains in his father’s Los Angeles dojo. One night after a training session, the dojo is visited by members of an organized crime syndicate. After refusing to join the organization, Jason’s father has his leg broken by a Russian martial artist named Ivan Kraschinsky, the hired thug of the boss. The Stillwell family relocates to Seattle, where Jason has a hard time adjusting and is constantly harassed by the local bullies. Fed up with the beatings, Stillwell visits the grave of Bruce Lee and beseeches him for aid. That night, the ghost of Bruce Lee appears to Jason and begins to train him. Under Lee’s tutelage, Jason goes from a below average fighter to a superior martial artist. An annual full contact karate tournament is held featuring teams from Seattle and New York, which Jason and his father attend. Before the contest can get underway, the crime syndicate interrupts and makes a wager that none of the Seattle fighters can defeat Ivan. While the first two fighters are easily dispatched by the Russian, Ivan’s last opponent, Kelly’s brother Ian, makes an impressive showing, forcing Ivan to resort to dirty tactics to defeat him. With her brother helplessly entangled in the ring ropes Jason charges to the ring and attacks Ivan… Featured in The Best of the Martial Arts Films (1992).

“The film is considered a cult classic, especially among buffs of martial arts films.” – Wikipedia

“Kick-ass high energy Kung Fu” – 80’s Movies Rewind

Outpost
Director: Steve Barker
Year:
2008
Genre:
Action
Thriller
Synopsis:

You can’t kill what’s already dead

A wealthy businessman hires a crack team of seasoned soldiers to accompany him on a perilous journey into no man’s land, only to come face to face with an otherworldly enemy more vicious and powerful than any mortal foe. It was supposed to be an easy, forty-eight hour mission: Move in, scope out an abandoned military bunker, and move out. Once in the bunker, however, the fearless mercenaries begin to quake in their boots after happening across the remnants of some gruesome World War II experiments carried out by Nazi soldiers on their own men. Sifting through the carnage, the men are horrified to discover that one of the unfortunate test subjects is still clinging to life. Now, as bombs continue to burst above ground, a malevolent force emerges from the darkness below. Suddenly left with nowhere to run, the soldiers quickly realize that what appeared to be a by-the-books bodyguard mission has suddenly devolved into a bloody battle for survival. Why has their secretive host really brought them to this God-forsaken outpost, and is there any way of stopping the murderous force that hunts them from the dense shadows underground?

“It is a slick, stylish genre piece that gallops along and grips.” – Eye For Film

“Outpost is a breath of fresh air.” – Digital Retribution

“Tense, chilling and downright scary at times, proving correct the age old myth that gore and extreme violence are no substitute for good old fashioned atmosphere.” – Popcorn Pictures

Pardon, The
Director: Tom Anton
Year:
2013
Genre:
Drama
Synopsis:

The true story of Toni Jo Henry, a woman tried for the crime of murder in 1942 in the state of Louisiana.

With all the picturesque glamour of the 1940s, The Pardon captures the spirit of the universal need to be loved and forgiven, yet with a surprising twist. Recounting the unlikely but true story of Toni Jo Henry, a woman tried for murder in 1942 Louisiana, this compelling drama unveils the profound inner struggle of a tormented soul as she pleads her innocence to a skeptical jury.

Surviving a legacy of childhood abuse, which lands her in the art deco brothels of the time, Toni Jo briefly discovers love and happiness when she meets and marries the dashing boxer Cowboy Henry. Cowboy is soon after sent to prison for murder, leaving the bereft Toni Jo to follow in the footsteps of Bonnie and Clyde as she embarks on an ill-fated mission with accomplice Arkie. A grisly murder and a series of sensational trials instantly make the beautiful Toni Jo into a celebrity. At the same time, she meets a man who will finally help her free herself. But will she find true redemption in the face of the crimes for which she is accused?

An awesome true story, great acting, proves you don’t have to have gratuitous sex, violence or language to portray a true story that involves some degree of all three.” – Laurieirion

A beautiful movie of love, tragedy and redemption.” – J Movie Lover

A remarkably well written and poignant movie you will not want to miss!” – IMDb

Pioneer Heroes
Director: Natalya Kudryashova
Year:
2015
Genre:
Arthouse
Drama
Synopsis:

Veliky Novgorod, 1987. Olga makes a stand against her teacher’s authoritarian teaching methods, Andrey is propagating an “anti-death pill” in a jam jar and Katya observes her father distilling booze illegally behind closed doors. These three young schoolmates are all members of the “Vladimir Illyich Lenin” Young Pioneer organisation and are full of childlike visions of the future.

Over twenty-five years on, all three have now established themselves professionally in Moscow, and yet they have not really found their bearings in present day Russia. Olga suffers from panic attacks, Andrey tries to fill his inner void with computer games, and Katya is pursued by unsettling dreams. Moving poetically between past and present, Natalia Kudryashova shows the gulf between the visions of yesteryear and today’s reality which the dissolution of the Soviet Union has left behind for its final generation of Young Pioneers. Impressively dense and atmospheric images describe their attitudes towards life. Derelict concrete buildings, imposing and Kafkaesque, give shape to the oppressive shadows of their original dreams that now threaten to engulf them.

“A poignant and funny film” – Dog and Wolf

“A visually stunning fantasy about the loss of orientation and the new artificial worlds of post-socialist life.” – Berliner Zeitung

“A lot of things in this beautiful film live from the contrast between the times.” – Tagesspiegel

Red Nights
Director: Julien Carbon, Laurent Courtiaud
Year:
2010
Genre:
Thriller
Synopsis:

During the reign of the first emperor of China, an ingenious torturer concocted an elixir that paralyzed its victim’s limbs, while increasing the sensitivity of their nerve endings tenfold. Kept in a jade skull, the elixir could provoke sensations in infinite variations—everything from erotic caresses to appalling lacerations. Haunted by the desire to experience the extreme sensations caused by the elixir, the executioner kills himself with his own poison, intensifying his death experience. His pursuers never found the skull, which had been concealed within a large imperial seal. But the curse of the jade skull, responsible for its creator’s death, will endure within the seal, bringing misfortune to all of those who possess it. Until today…

A box containing a white jade seal falls into the hands of Catherine, a mistress who takes the valuable artifact to Hong Kong in the hopes of selling it. In Hong Kong, Carrie, a wealthy patron of the arts, mounts a production of The Jade Emperor – the tale of the first Emperor’s executioner. Carrie is single-mindedly obsessed with finding this ancient poison. When it becomes apparent that the white jade seal contains a vial of the elixir, Catherine finds herself caught in Carrie’s sadistic web, where bliss and pain are blurred into a twisted, forbidden ecstasy.

“A memorable and thoroughly twisted piece of work.” – Reel Film Reviews

“Great cinematography and luscious visual aesthetics.” – Fliskfeast.com

“It is absolutely gorgeous to the point where every frame could be considered a piece of art.” – The Horror Section

“The kill sequences are some of the most unique, sexualized and sadistic ever put on screen… Red Nights is an intriguing journey into the exotic Far East not yet seen.” – Toronto Film Scene

Reviving Ophelia
Director: Bobby Roth
Year:
2010
Genre:
Drama
Synopsis:

Inspired by the best-selling non-fiction book by Dr. Mary Pipher, Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls, follows two teenage girls and their struggles to cope with dating abuse, sexual pressures, fractured family dynamics and peer harassment.

Sisters Marie and Le Ann have always leaned on one another through life’s challenges, but discover they need each other more than ever as they navigate the complexities of understanding and raising their teen daughters. Marie’s 17-year-old Elizabeth has the picture-perfect life, with a seemingly equally wonderful boyfriend. Meanwhile, Le Ann is raising 16-year-old Kelli as a single parent and finds it difficult to relate to the pressures her daughter is facing with boys, friends and school. When Kelli starts to suspect Elizabeth may be abused by her boyfriend, no one will believe her. But when Elizabeth lands in the hospital, Kelli’s surprising insights help Marie give Elizabeth the courage to leave her violent relationship.

The film received 4 star reviews from the New York Post and was the second highest rated Lifetime film of the year in the 18-49 demographic when it aired on in the United States. The movie was the most tweeted subject on Twitter in the United States next day, which shows how much of an impact it had on younger people.

“It’s… necessary film to watch.” – www.entertaimentrealm.com

“The film touches issues like abusive relationship, single parenting and much more and deals with them nicely. And that is what makes it a must watch!” – www.theamericandishtv.com

Rob the Mob
Director: Raymond De Felitta
Year:
2014
Genre:
Action
Drama
Synopsis:

True Crime. True Love. True Story.

Based on a true story, Rob the Mob chronicles the lives of a real-life Bonnie and Clyde, Tommy (Michael Pitt, Seven Psychopaths) and Rosie (Nina Arianda, Florence Foster Jenkins), whose daring and bold heists of Mafia social clubs in New York humiliate some of the city’s most powerful mobsters.

New York City, 1991. Small-time crooks Tommy (Pitt) and Rosie (Arianda) have two things in common: a crazy-passionate love for one another and-after they’re caught robbing a florist on Valentine’s Day – prison records. Trying to go straight, Rosie lands a job at a debt-collection agency and persuades Tommy to join her. But soon Tommy is skipping his shifts to do something much more interesting -attend the landmark trial of Mafia hit man Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, whose graphic testimony could finally bring down flamboyant Gambino-family boss John Gotti.

The couple from Queens stumble upon a score bigger than they ever imagine. Now the FBI, family members, and rival mobsters are on the hunt for the most notorious lovers since Romeo and Juliet.

“Raymond De Felitta’s terrifically entertaining film benefits from a smart screenplay and superb performances.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“The always distinctive Raymond De Felitta (“City Island”) offers a hilarious mob comedy…” – New York Post

“It’s a story so outlandish that it needs to be served by a combination of drama and comedy, and “Rob the Mob” finds that balance quite well.” – Seattle Times

Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Director: James Cameron
Year:
1991
Genre:
Action
Synopsis:

It’s nothing personal.

Almost 10 years have passed since the first cyborg called The Terminator tried to kill Sarah Connor and her unborn son, John Connor. John Connor, the future leader of the human resistance, is now a healthy young boy. However another Terminator is sent back through time called the T-1000, which is more advanced and more powerful than its predecessor. The Mission: to kill John Connor when he’s still a child. However, Sarah and John do not have to face this threat of a Terminator alone. Another Terminator is also sent back through time. The mission: to protect John and Sarah Connor at all costs. The battle for tomorrow has begun…

The film’s production costs was $102 million, which, at the time, was the highest ever. It was the highest grossing film of 1991, beating Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and is TriStar Pictures’ highest grossing film to date.

“A great movie… A pop epiphany, marking that commercially creative point where the power of Hollywood meets the purity of myth.” – The Globe and Mail

“Terminator 2 imagines things you wouldn’t even be likely to dream and gets these visions onto the screen with a seamlessness that’s mind-boggling.” – San Francisco Chronicle

“Set the standard for modern Hollywood’s F/X-driven mega-productions and cemented James Cameron’s dystopian vision as modern science-fiction’s saga par excellence.” – Slant Magazine

Twin Dragons
Director: Ringo Lam, Hark Tsui
Year:
1992
Genre:
Action
Comedy
Synopsis:

Twice the action!

International action star Jackie Chan stars opposite knockabout comedy sensation Jackie Chan in this story about identical twins separated in childhoods, who are unexpectedly reunited years later. While on the run from a Hong Kong hospital, an escaped convict takes an infant hostage, leaving the baby’s identical twin brother behind. While the criminal is soon back behind bars, the police can’t find the baby, who was hidden in the woods. The child is found by a well-meaning but hard-drinking woman who raises him on her own, while his brother moves to the United States with his parents. Years later, the brother raised in America, John, is a world-renowned classical musician, while the other, Boomer, is a rough-and-tumble auto mechanic who likes to race cars and start fights. When Boomer’s best friend hatches a dubious scheme to win the freedom of a nightclub singer in dutch with gangsters, he finds himself involved and in danger, just in time for John to arrive in Hong Kong for a concert appearance. The two brothers soon meet by accident, and suddenly find themselves mistaken for each other…

Two of Hong Kong’s leading directors, Ringo Lam and Tsui Hark, teamed for this action comedy, which was a major hit in Hong Kong.

“Amusing all the way and not something Chan fans should skip.” – Mick La Salle, San Francisco Chrinicle

“High-spirited entertainment!” – Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times

“Climactic fight scene is a Chan classic.” – Rob Thomas, Capital Times

Underdogs
Director: Doug Dearth
Year:
2013
Genre:
Drama
Family
Synopsis:

Based on the inspirational true events of a high school football team no one expected to succeed.

In small town America, high-school football is everything. For the players, it provides notoriety and a possible ticket to a bigger world. For the community, it’s a source of pride. Filmed in Canton, Ohio, UNDERDOGS focuses on the Knights, a lousy team who’ve become an easy target for jokes. Just when they begin to give up hope, a new coach arrives, helping the lovable losers see their true potential. At the same time, quarterback Bobby Burkett falls in love with a cheerleader from a rival powerhouse, the Vikings. This enrages Vikings’ star, John Handon, a bratty rich kid who has his eye on the same girl. Meanwhile, Bobby’s father is waging his own war with Handon’s dad, whose crooked corporation is suing him over an invention he patented. UNDERDOGS ventures deeper than most films in the sports genre. Using football as a backdrop, director Doug Dearth has crafted a heartwarming and rabble-rousing crowd pleaser, that’s sure to have both young and old on their feet by it’s exhilarating ending.

A well made film, the cast is solid, and director Doug Dearth knows how to hit all the right emotional buttons.” – The Cleveland Movie Blog

Nothing wrong with an old fashioned, PG, sense of satisfaction at the movies!” – KEZ 99.9FM (Phoenix)

A heartwarming crowd-pleaser!” – Examiner.com

Universal Soldier
Director: Roland Emmerich
Year:
1992
Genre:
Action
Thriller
Synopsis:

The ultimate weapons of the future have just declared war… on each other.

Luc Devreux and Andrew Scott are US soldiers who kill each other in Vietnam when Devreux interferes with Scott’s slaughter of a friendly village. Listed as MIA, they are actually flash-frozen and shipped to a top-secret facility where a team of scientists led by Colonel Perry turn the two, along with other select specimens, into super-soldiers known as “UniSols.” While helping foil a terrorist takeover of the giant McKinley Dam, Devreux starts having flashbacks to his former life, and makes a break from his colleagues. The increasingly human Devreux teams up with TV reporter Veronica Roberts, while they are chased across much of the Midwest by Scott, and also by Perry and the police, who capture them long enough for Scott to find them. After a chase, thinking that they killed Scott in a truck crash, Veronica takes Devreux home to his parents in Louisiana, only to have Scott catch up with them for a brutal confrontation.

“Of course, you have to be big on bloody slaughter, kickboxing, infrared gunning and impaired acting. But “Universal” executes its subtle-free mission with surprisingly watchable efficiency.” – Washington Post

“It may be little more than an expensive arcade game for overgrown kids, but it moves too fast for critical flak to stick.” – Film4

“Roland Emmerich’s best film, and Lundgren’s best acting job… a fun flick all in all.” – New Times