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Glass Onion (2022)

Duration 2h 20m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Spain: 12 Source of story An original screenplay in the way of Knives Out, the director’s previous outing. Director Rian Johnson Writers/Script Rian Johnson Starring Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Kathryn Hahn, Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista, Ethan Hawke, Hugh Grant, Janelle Monae, Lesley Odom Jr. Madelyn Cline, some … Continue reading

Man on Fire (2004)

Duration 2h 26m Ratings UK: 18, USA: R, Denmark: 15  Source of story A 1980 novel of the same name by A.J.Quinell and a previous film also of the same name in 1987. Director Tony Scott Writers/Script Brian Helgeland Starring Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Radha Mitchell, Chiristopher Walken, Marc Anthony, Giancarlo Giannini, Mickey Rourke, Rachel … Continue reading

Point Break (1991)

Duration 2h 02m Ratings UK: 18, USA: R, Denmark: 15  Source of story An original screenplay Director Kathryn Bigelow Writers/Script W. Peter Iliff, Rick King Starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty, Tom Sizemore Ratings IMDb: 7.3 by 175,167 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 69% by 67 reviewers. Review2view: 7.3/10 . Elevator Pitch: A bunch of … Continue reading

Death on the Nile (2022)

Duration 2h 7m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Spain: 12  Source of story  A 1937 novel by Agatha Christie Director Kenneth Branagh Writers/Script Michael Green Starring Kenneth Branagh, Letitia Wright, Sophie Okenedo, Gal Gadot, Tom Bateman, Emma Mackey, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Rose Leslie, Jeniffer Saunders, Dawn French, Russell Brand,  Ratings IMDb: 6.6/10 by 14,662 … Continue reading

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Duration 1h 58m Ratings UK: 18, USA: R, Brazil: 18  Source of story Apparely inspired by a rampage carried out by two teenagers in America. Director Oliver Stone Writers/Script David Veloz, Richard Rutowski, Oliver Stone. (Story: Quentin Tarantino) Starring Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Rodney Dangerfield, Robert Downey Jr, Tommy Lee Jones Ratings IMDb: … Continue reading

Into the Blue (2005)

R2V Summary A bikini clad outing in the blue seas of the Bahamas. Duration 1h 50m Ratings UK: 15, USA: PG-13, Spain: 18  Source of story An original screenplay Director John Stockwell Writers/Script Matt Johnson,  Starring Paul Walker, Jessica Alba, Scott Caan, Ashley Scott, Josh Brolin Ratings IMDb: 5.9 by 75k people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 21% by … Continue reading

Black Butterfly (2017)

Duration 1h 33m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 12  Source of story A 2008 French film “Papillon Noir” by Hervé Korian Director Brian Goodman Writers/Script Justin Stanley, Marc Frydman Starring Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Piper Perabo,  Ratings IMDb: 6.2 by 13,000 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 40% by 20 reviewers. Elevator Pitch: Paul, a reclusive screenwriter … Continue reading

The Shanghai Job (2017)

Duration 1h 35m Ratings UK: 15, USA: Not Rated, Spain: 12  Source of story An original screenplay Director Charles Martin Writers/Script Kevin Bernhardt (story Terence M. O’Keefe, Robby Henson) Starring Orlando Bloom, Lei wu, Simon Yam, Hannah Quinlivan Ratings IMDb: 4.7 by 2,648 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 0% by 2 reviewers.. Elevator Pitch: Danny Stratton is a … Continue reading

Cassandra’a Dream (2007)

Duration 1h 48m Ratings UK: 12, USA:  Source of story An original screenplay Director Woody Allen Writers/Script Woody Allen Starring Ewan McGregor, Colin Farrell, Hayley Atwell, Sally Hawkins, Tom Wilkinson, Phil Davis Ratings IMDb: 6.7 by 50,129 people .  Rotten Tomatoes: 46% by 116 reviewers. Elevator Pitch: Two brothers Terry and Ian buy a small sailing … Continue reading

Reindeer Games (2000)

Duration 1h 44m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 18. Source of story An original screenplay Director John Frankenheimer Writers/Script Ehren Kruger Starring Ben Affleck, James Frain, Asaac Hayes, Charlize Theron, Danny Trejo, Gary Sinise, Dennis Farina, Ashton Kutcher,   Ratings IMDb: 5.8 by 37,676 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 25% by 88 critics. Elevator Pitch: Rudy’s cell mate … Continue reading

Penthouse North (2013)

Duration 1h 30m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R Source of story A not very original screenplay Director Joseph Ruben Writers/Script David Loughery Starring Michelle Monaghan, Michael Keaton, Barry Sloane, Ratings IMDb: 5.6 by 5076 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: No critique. Elevator Pitch: Sara is a blind former war photographer, disabled by a suicide bomb in the Middle … Continue reading

Dreamland (2019)

Duration 1h 32m Ratings UK: 15, Spain: 18,  Source of story An original screenplay Director Bruce McDonald,  Writers/Script Tony Burgess, Patrick Whistler Starring Stephen McHattie, Henry Rollins, Juliette Lewis, Tómas Lemarquis,  Ratings IMDb:.  4.6 by 421 People. Rotten Tomatoes: 54% by 41 critics Elevator Pitch: We have to start by recognising that there is much confusion … Continue reading

Jackie Brown (1997)

Duration 2h 34m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 13, Canada: 14A Source of story A book “Rum Punch” by Elmore Leonard Director Quentin Tarantino Writers/Script Quentin Tarantino Starring Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, Robert De Nero, Michael Bowen, Chris Tucker,  Ratings IMDb: 7.5 by 312,660 people. Rotten Tomatoes: … Continue reading

Runner Runner (2013)

Photo by Scott Garfield for Twentieth Century Fox. Duration 1h 28m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 16, Source of story An original screenplay Director Brad Furman Writers/Script Brian Koppelman, David Levien Starring Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck, Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie, John Heard,  Ratings IMDb: 5.6 by 60,295 people, Rotten Tomatoes: 8% by 120 reviewers. … Continue reading

Fatal Honeymoon (2012)

Duration 1h 39m Ratings A TV movie without classification except for 12 in Norway. Source of story This is a film version of a true story Director Nadia Tass Writers/Script Mac Gudgeon, Teena Booth Starring Billy Miller, Amber Clayton, Gary Sweet, Harvey Keitel Ratings IMDb: 5.5 by 778 people. Rotten Tomatoes: No reviews. Elevator Pitch: … Continue reading

Ransom (1996)

Duration 2h 1m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 18, France: 12 Source of story Derived from a 1954 TV movie, which was repeated in 1955 and was followed by a film “Ransom!” starring Glen Ford in 1956. Director Ron Howard Writers/Script Richard Price, Alexander Ignon (story Cyril Hume, Richard Maibaum) Starring Mel Gibson, Rene … Continue reading

No Good Deed (2014)

Duration 1h 24m Ratings UK: 15, USA: PG-13, South Korea: 18 Source of story An original screenplay Director Sam Miller Writers/Script Aimee Lagos Starring Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson, Leslie Bibb, Henry Simmons, Kate del Castillo,  Ratings IMDb:  5.6 by 17,869, Rotten Tomatoes: 11% by 53 reviewers Elevator Pitch: Colin is a manipulative convict, jailed for … Continue reading

Red Eye (2005)

Duration 1h 25m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Spain: 18 Source of story An original screenplay Director Wes Craven Writers/Script Carl Elisworth, story Dan Foos Starring Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox, Jayma Mays,  Ratings IMDb:  6.4 by 111,357 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 79% by 193 critics Elevator Pitch: Lisa Reisert, a Miami hotel manager, finds herself … Continue reading

Hummingbird (2013)

 Duration 1h 40m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 16 Source of story An original screenplay Director Steven Knight Writers/Script Steven Knight Starring Jason Statham, Agata Buzek, Vicky McClure, Benedict Wong IMDb Rating 6.2 by 64,727 people Elevator Pitch: Joey is a man on the run from court martial for criminal activty in Afghanistan and … Continue reading

Life of Crime (2013)

Duration 1h 36m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book “The Switch” by Elmore Leonard. Director Daniel Schechter Writers/Script Daniel Schechter Starring Jennifer Aniston, Yaslin Bey, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, Mark Boone Junior, Tim Robbins, John Hawkes, Elevator Pitch: In 1978 Detroit a couple of petty criminals, Ordell and Louis, kidnap Mickey, the socialite … Continue reading

Trapped (2002)

Duration 1h 46m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel of the same name by Greg Iles Director Luis Mandoki Writers/Script Greg Iles Starring Charlize Theron, Courtney Love, Stuart Townsend, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Fanning, Elevator Pitch: A rich family, Will, Karen and their asthmatic daughter Abby have a luxury home in Portland. Will goes … Continue reading

The Assignment (2016)

Duration 1h 35m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Walter Hill Writers/Script Walter Hill, Denis Hamill Starring Michelle Rodriguez, Tony Shalhoub, Anthony LaPaglia, Caitlin Gerard, Sigourney Weaver, Elevator Pitch: When assassin for hire, Frank Kitchen, kills the brother of a mad but brilliant plastic surgeon, she has him kidnapped and in … Continue reading

Cobra (1986)

Duration 1h 27m Source of story A book by “Fair Game” by Paula Gosling Director George P. Cosmatos Writers/Script Sylvester Stallone Starring Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen, Reni Santoni, Brian Thompson, Lee Garlington, Elevator Pitch: A killer in Los Angeles, known as the “Night Slasher” leaves the mutilated bodies of young women for the police to … Continue reading

A Crooked House (2017)

Duration 1h 55m Rating (UK) 12 Source of story A book of the same name written in 1949 by Agatha Christie Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner Writers/Script Julian Fellows, Gilles Paquet-Brenner, Tim Rose Price, Starring Max Irons, Stefanie Martini, Glenn Close, Honor Kneafsey, Christina Hendricks, Terence Stamp, Julian Sands, Gillian Anderson, Elevator Pitch: A bunch of toffs … Continue reading

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Duration 2h 5m Rating (UK) X Source of story A Life Magazine article “The Boys in the Bank” by P.F. Kluge, about a real bank robbery which took place in 1972. Director Sidney Lumet Writers/Script Frank Pierson Starring John Cazale, Al Pacino, Charles Durning, Lance Henriksen, Dominic Chianese, Chris Sarandon, Penelope Allen, Elevator Pitch: Three … Continue reading

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

Duration 1h 47m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Director Guy Richie Writers/Script Guy Richie Starring Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones, P.H.Moriarty, Sting, Rob Brydon, Danny John-Jules, Matthew Vaughn Elevator Pitch: A bunch of young geezers in the East End elect one of their number to engage … Continue reading

You Were Never really Here (2017)

Duration 1h 29m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novella of the same name by Jonathan Ames Director Lynne Ramsay Writers/Script Lynne Ramsay Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov Elevator Pitch: Joe, played by Phoenix, is a veteran and possible ex-FBI man whose job is to recover children and young people sold into … Continue reading

The Mule (2018)

Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A New York Times magazine article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year Old Drug Mule” by Sam Dolnick Director Clint Eastwood Writers/Script Nick Schenk Starring Clint Eastwood, Alison Eastwood, Dianne Wiest, Taissa Farmiga, Laurence Fishburne, Bradley Cooper, Michael Peña, Andy Garcia, Elevator Pitch: An elderly flower farmer, Earl … Continue reading

Deadfall (2012)

Duration 1h 25m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story An original screenplay Director Stefan Ruzowitzky Writers/Script Zach Dean Starring Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Kris Kristofferson, Sissy Spacek, Kate Mara, Treat Williams, Elevator Pitch: Lisa, a young woman in a mini-dress is freezing to death in a snowstorm on the road to Canada when … Continue reading

Hustlers (2019)

Duration 1h 50m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A magazine article about real events by Jessica Pressler Director Lorene Scafaria Writers/Script Lorene Scafaria Starring Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Mercedes Ruehl and a number of people who do not have real names. Elevator Pitch: A group of women who dance and provide other … Continue reading

Joker (2019)

Duration 2h 2m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Claimed to be a back story of the Joker of the Batman universe. Director Todd Phillips Writers/Script Todd Phillips, Scott Silver (And the creators of the Gotham character are credited) Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Frances Conroy Elevator Pitch: … Continue reading

The Getaway (1972)

Duration 2h 3m Rating (UK) X Source of story A book of the same name by Jim Thompson who was employed initially to develop the screenplay Director Sam Peckinpah Writers/Script Walter Hill Starring Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Sally Struthers, Ben Johnson, Al Lettieri, Slim Pickens, Richard Bright, Dub Taylor Elevator Pitch: Doc McCoy, is a … Continue reading

Blackhat (2015)

Duration 2h 13m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Apparently the director followed a news story about the disabling of parts of Iran’s nuclear research by malware. Director Michael Mann Writers/Script Morgan Davis Foehl Starring Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Wein Tang, Leehom Wang Elevator Pitch: When an explosion occurs in a Chinese nuclear power plant … Continue reading

Striking Distance (1993)

Duration 1h 42m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Director Rowdy Herrington Writers/Script Rowdy Herrington, Marty Kaplan Starring Bruce Willis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dennis Farina, Tom Sizemore, John Mahoney Elevator Pttch: Someone in Pittsburgh is assassinating young women and dumping the bodies in the river. When detective Tom Hardy suggests that the … Continue reading

Focus (2015)

Duration 1h 45m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Glenn Ficarra, John Requa Writers/Script Glenn Ficarra, John Requa Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Adrian Martinez,  Gerald McRaney, Rodrigo Santoro, BD Wong Elevator Pitch: Nicky Spurgeon, the leader of a group of con men, meets and becomes involved with a female swindler, … Continue reading

Rising Sun (1993)

Duration 2h 5m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A novel of the same name by Michael Crichton Director Phillip Kaufman Writers/Script Phillip Kaufman, Michael Backes, Michael Crichton (The last left due to creative differences) Starring Sean Connery, Wesley Snipes, Harvey Keitel, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tia Carrere, Steve Buschemi, Tatjana Patitz, Elevator Pitch: During a party … Continue reading

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Duration 1h 39m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Director Quentin Tarantino Writers/Script Quentin Tarantino Starring Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Randy Brooks, Kirk Baltz, Edward Bunker, Quentin Tarantino Elevator Pitch. In the aftermath of a diamond robbery the participants gradually begin to assemble in … Continue reading

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2019 in Spain)

Elevator Pitch. A celebrity biographer who has fallen on hard times is harrassed by her landlord, can’t get the vet to look at her cat, and is lectured by her agent, but due to a chance discovery of a couple of letters while researching Fanny Brice, which she is able to sell, one of them … Continue reading

Out of Sight (1998)

Elevator Pitch A bunch of criminals are in Detroit to rob a financier of his trove of uncut diamonds. They include Jack Foley and his associate Buddy, black former boxer Maurice Miller and two associates, all of them given information by the idiotic Glenn. They are being pursued by US Marshal Karen Sisco. All of … Continue reading

Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

Elevator Pitch A disparate group of people collect at a run down hotel on the Nevada/California border.. They are a priest with a poor memory, a singer on her way to Reno, a vacuun cleaner salesman and a young woman who drags a hostage from her car into her room. There is a young man … Continue reading

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