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Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado (2018)

Duration 2h 2m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Denmark: 15  Source of story This film continues the story of the leading characters from the first film of the name. Director Stefano Sollima Writers/Script Taylor Sheridan Starring Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabela Merced, Catherine Keener, Matthew Modine, Shea Wigham, Elijah Rodriguuez, Jeffrey Donovan Ratings IMDb: … Continue reading

Point Blank (1967)

Duration 1h 32m Ratings UK: 18, USA: Not Rated, Spain: 13  Source of story Based on the book “Hunter” by Donald E. Westlake. Director John Boorman Writers/Script Alexander Jacobs, David Newhouse, Rafe Newhouse Starring Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, KeenanWynn, Carroll O’Connor, Lloyd Bochner, John Vernon, Sharon Acker, James Sikking,  Ratings IMDb: 7.3/10 by 20,956 people … Continue reading

The Outfit (2022)

Duration 1h 45m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 16  Source of story An original screenplay Director Graham Moore Writers/Script Johnathan McClain, Graham Moore Starring Zoey Deutch, Dylan O’Bien, Johnny Flynn,  Mark Rylance, Simon Russell Beale, Nikki Amuka-Bird,  Ratings IMDb: 7.1/10 by 20,808 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 85% by 149 reviewers. Review2view: 7.8/10 Elevator Pitch: Leonard Burling is … Continue reading

Cold Pursuit (2019)

Duration 1h 59m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Denmark: 15  Source of story A Norwegian film “Kraftidioten” by Kim Fupz Aakeson Director Hans Petter Moland (who also directed the Norwegian film) Writers/Script Frank Baldwin Starring Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Tom Bateman, Domenick Lombardozzi, Tom Jackson, Emmy Rossum, Nicholas Holmes Ratings IMDb: 6.2/10 by 67,744 people.  Rotten … Continue reading

The Godfather (1972)

Duration 2h 55m Ratings UK: 18 USA: R, Denmark: 15  Source of story A novel of the same name by Mario Puzo Director Francis Ford Coppola Writers/Script Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, Richard Conti, Al; Lettieri, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Al Martino,  Ratings IMDb: … Continue reading

True Romance (1993)

Duration 1h 59m Ratings UK: 18, USA: R, Denmark: 15,  Source of story An original screenplay Director Tony Scott Writers/Script Quentin Tarantino Starring Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, Bronson Pinchot, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Rapaport, Saul Rubinek, James Gandolfini, Tom Sizemore,    Ratings IMDb: 7.9/10 by 221,287 … Continue reading

Speed Kills (2018)

Duration 1h 42m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Netherlands: 18  Source of story A book of the same name by Arthur J. Harris Director Jodi Scurfield Writers/Script David Aaron Cohen, John Luessenhop, Starring John Travolta, Katheryn Winnick, Jennifer Esposito, Matthew Modine, Tom Sizemore,  Ratings IMDb: 4.3/10 by 3071 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 0% by 17 reviewers. Review2view: … Continue reading

Gloria (1980)

Duration 2h 03m Ratings UK: AA, USA: PG, Norway: 16  Source of story An original screenplay Director John Cassavetes Writers/Script John Cassavetes Starring Julie Carmen, Buck Henry, John Adams, Gena Rowlands,  Ratings IMDb: 7.2/10 by 9537 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: . Revie2view: 6/10. Elevator Pitch: Gloria, the ex girlfriend of mob boss Tony Tanzini, lives in an … Continue reading

Gotti (2018)

Duration 1h 38m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 18  Source of story Based on the real life of John Gotti, the Teflon Don. There has been a TV film and a couple of books.   Director Kevin Connolly Writers/Script Leo Rossi, Lem Dobbs Starring John Travolta, Spencer Rosso Lofranco, Kelly Preston, Stacy Keach,  Ratings IMDb: … Continue reading

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

Duration 3h 47m (yes, really) Ratings UK: 18, USA: R, Denmark: 15  Source of story A novel “The Hoods” by former gangster Harry Grey Director Sergio Leone Writers/Script Leonardo Benvenuti, Piero De Bernardi, Enrico Medioli, Franco Arrcalli, Franco Ferrini, Sergio Leone, Stuart Kaminsky, Ernesto Gastaldi,  Starring Robert De Nero, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Treat Williams, … Continue reading

Savages (2012)

Duration 2h 11m Ratings UK: 18, USA: R, France: 12  Source of story A book of the same name by Don Winslow Director Oliver Stone Writers/Script Shane Salerno, Don Winslow, Oliver Stone Starring Blake Lively, Taylor Litsch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Benicio Del Toro, Shea Whigham, John Travolta, Salma Hayek,  Ratings IMDb: 6.5/10 by 128k people.  Rotten Tomatoes: … Continue reading

Get the Gringo (2012)

Duration 1h 36m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 18  Source of story An original screenplay Director Adrian Grunberg Writers/Script Mel Gibson, Stacy Perskie, Adrian Grunberg Starring Mel Gibson, Kevin Balmore, Dolores Heredia, Peter Gerety, Peter Stomare, Dean Norris, and a lot of Mexican actors Ratings IMDb: 7.0 by 104,368 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 82% by 52 … Continue reading

Mean Streets (1973)

Duration 1h 52m Ratings UK: X, USA: R, Spain: 18,  Source of story Said to be based on the director’s youth in Little Italy, New York Director Martin Scorsese Writers/Script Martin Scorsese, Mardik Martin, Starring Harvey Keitel, Robert De Nero, David Proval, Amy Robinson, Richard Romanus, David Caradine,  Ratings IMDb: 7.2 by 101,702 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: … Continue reading

The Specialist (1994)

Duration 1h 50m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 18  Source of story A novelist character developed by John Shirley Director Luis Llose Writers/Script Alexandra Seros Starring Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, James Woods, Rod Steiger, Eric Roberts,  Ratings IMDb: 5.6 by 62,918 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 7% by 29 critics. Elevator Pitch: Ray Quick is an ex … Continue reading

The Iceman (2012)

Duration 1h 46m Ratings UK: 15, USA: PG,   Source of story Loosely based on the life of Richrd Kuklinski, a documentary by Jim Thebaut and a book by Anthony Bruno Director Ariel Vromen Writers/Script Morgan Land, Ariel Vromen Starring Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta,  David Schwimmer, James Franco, Stephen Dorff,  Ratings IMDb: 6.8 … Continue reading

Black Mass (2015)

Duration 2h 3m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Russia: 18+,   Source of story Based on real events in Boston and a book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill. Director Scott Cooper Writers/Script Mark Mallouk, Jez Butterworth Starring Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard, Jesse Plemons, Corey Stoll, Juno Temple  … Continue reading

Black Rain (1989)

Duration 2h 5m Ratings UK: 18, USA: R, Spain 13 Source of story An original screenplay Director Ridley Scott Writers/Script Craig Bolotin, Warren Lewis Starring Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw, Luis Guzmán, Yusaku Matsuda, Ratings IMDb: 6.7 by 49,018 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 50% by 22 reviewers. Elevator Pitch: Nick Conklin and Charlie … Continue reading

Public Enemies (2009)

Duration 2h 20m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 12, The is only an implcation of sex taking place, and one shot of  Source of story A book “Public Enemies:…” by Bryan Burrough Director Michael Mann Writers/Script Ronan Bennett, Michael Mann, Ann Biderman  Starring Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Stephen Graham, Stephen Dorff, Giovanni Ribisi, Channing … Continue reading

Four Brothers (2005)

Duration 1h 49m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 18 Source of story An original screenplay, but said to have been a remake of “The Sons of Katie Elder”. Director John Singleton Writers/Script David Elliot, Paul Lovett Starring Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Andre Benjamin, Garrett Hedlund, Terrence Howard, Sofia Vergara, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Taraji P. Henson  … Continue reading

Blood Father (2016)

Duration 1h 28m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Most other countries: 16 Source of story Based on a novel of the same name by Peter Craig Director Jean-François Richet  Writers/Script Peter Craig, Andrea Berloff Starring Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna, Michael Parks, William H. Macey, Miguel Sandoval, Dale Dickey,  Ratings IMDb: 6.4 by 58,661 … Continue reading

The Last Boy Scout (1991)

Duration 1h 45m Source of story An original screen play Director Tony Scott Writers/Script Shane Black with story contributions by Greg Hicks Starring Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field, Danielle Harris, Halle Berry, Joe Santos, Elevator Pitch: Joe Hallenbeck is a former secret service operative who has become a private detective, and seems to prefer … Continue reading

Tango & Cash (1989)

Duration 1h 44m Source of story A not very original screenplay Director Andrey Konchalovskiy, Albert Magnoli Writers/Script Randy Feldman Starring Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Teri Hatcher, Jack Palance, Brion James,  Michael J. Pollard, Robert Z’Dar, Geoffrey Lewis Elevator Pitch: Ray Tango is a successful stock investor who only works as a detective for fun, and … Continue reading

Prizzi’s Honor (1985)

Duration 2h 10m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel of the same name by Richard Condon Director John Huston Writers/Script Richard Condon, Janet Roach Starring Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Robert Loggia, John Randolph, William Hickey, Angelica Huston, Stanley Tucci, Elevator Pitch: Charley Partanna, a hitman for the Prizzi mob, travels to California to … Continue reading

Miami Vice (2006)

Duration 2h 12m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Loosely based on the 1980s TV series of the same name, characters Crockett and Tubbs by writer Anthony Yerkovich Director Michael Mann Writers/Script Michael Mann Starring Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Li Gong, Naomi Harris, Ciarán Hinds, Justin Theroux, Luis Tosar, John Ortiz, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Eddie Marsan, … Continue reading

Harry Brown (2009)

Duration 1h 43m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Director Daniel Barber Writers/Script Gary Young Starring Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, David Bradley, iain Glen, Jack O’Connell, Liam Cunningham, Elevator Pitch: Harry Brown is a pensioner living in a tower block in East London. He has a terminally ill wife in hospital and … Continue reading

Goodfellas (1990)

Duration 2h 26m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A book, Wiseguy, itself based on real events by Nicholas Pileggi Director Martin Scorsese Writers/Script Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese Starring Robert De Nero, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sovino, Tony Darrow, Frank Vincent, Debi Mazar, Michael Imperioli, Samuel L. Jackson, Elevator Pitch: A young … Continue reading

The Gentlemen (2020)

Duration 1h 53m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A collection of scenes from other movies pretending to be an original screenplay. Director Guy Richie Writers/Script Guy Richie (Story Guy Richie, Ivan Atkinson, Marn Davies) Starring Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Colin Farrell, Henry Golding, Tom Wu, Hugh Grant, Eddie Marsan, Samuel … Continue reading

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Duration 3h 22m Rating (UK) X Source of story Just a bit out of Pario Puzo’s bok The Godfather and continuing the story from the first film. Director Francis Ford Coppola Writers/Script Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo Starring Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diana Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Talia Shire, Lee Strasberg, Michael V. … Continue reading

Casino (1995)

Duration 2h 58m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A book of the same name by Nicholas Pileggi, chronicling the real mafioso involvement in Las Vegas Director Martin Scorsese Writers/Script Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese Starring Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, James Woods, Don Rickles, L.Q. Jones, Frank Vincent, Frankie Avalon, Elevator Pitch: Sam … Continue reading

The Irishman (2019)

Duration 3h 29m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book called “I Heard You Paint Houses” purporting to tell the true story of the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, but this disputed by others. Director Martin Scorsese Writers/Script Steven Zaillian Starring Robert De Nero, Al pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Stephen … Continue reading

Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

Duration 1h 58m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story The characters developed by Shane Black Director Richard Donner Writers/Script Jeffrey Boan, Robert Mark Kamen, Jeffrey Boan Starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Stuart Wilson, Delores Hall Elevator Pitch: Roger Murtaugh is due to retire, and so is being looked after by Riggs, … Continue reading

Dirty Harry 3: The Enforcer (1976)

Duration 1h 36m Rating (UK) X Source of story An original screenplay using some fo the characters from previous films of the franchise. Director James Fargo Writers/Script Stirling Silliphant, Dean Riesner (Story Gail Morgan Hickman, S.W. Schurr. Characters Harry Julian Fink, Rita M. Fink) Starring Clint Eastwood, Tyne Daly, Bradford Dillman, John Mitchum, Albert Popwell, … Continue reading

Lethal Weapon (1987)

Duration 1h 49m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Richard Donner Writers/Script Shane Black Starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan, Tom Atkins, Elevator Pitch: A suicidal ex special forces detective, Martin Riggs, is teamed up with a police lieutenant, Roger Murtaugh, appearing to be a meeting of opposites. … Continue reading

The Firm (1993)

Duration 2h 34m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel of the same name by John Grisham Director Sydney Pollack Writers/Script David Rabe, Robert Towne, David Rayfiel Starring Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook, Wilford Brimley, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, David Strathairn, Gary Busey, Tobin Bell, Dean Norris Elevator Pitch: A bright … Continue reading

Last Man Standing (1996)

Duration 1h 41m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A Japanese film, apparently, Yojimbo, by Akira Kurosawa Director Walter Hill Writers/Script Walter Hill Starring Bruce Willis, Bruce Dern, Christopher Walken, Karina Lombard, Michael Imperioli, Leslie Mann, Elevator Pitch: in 1932 a man drives into the dusty border town of Jericho, where he is attacked by … Continue reading

Scarface (1983)

Duration 2h 50m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story Inspired by a 1932 Howard Hawks film of the same name but set in Chicago, itself derived from a novel by Armitage Trail. Director Brian De Palma Writers/Script Oliver Stone Starring Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia, F. Murray Abraham, Harris … Continue reading

Everly (2014)

  Elevator Pitch A woman who has been confined to the apartment of a yazuka boss for four years becomes a police informer, and as a result is discarded by him, to be raped and abused by his gang. She escaped to the bathroom, recovers an automatic from the cistern and is tempted to end … Continue reading

The Samaritan (2012)

Elevator Pitch. Foley, a former con artist who has served 25 years in prison for killing his former partner is released more or less into the hands of the murdered man’s son, who wants him to conduct a scam; in addition  he becomes friendly and then more with a young woman, with whom it appears … Continue reading

Rage (2014)

Duration 1h 38m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Jim Agnew, Sean Keller Additional Info You might have seen Pasha D. Lynchikoff in “Big Bang”, he really is a Moscow trained Russian actor, but admirably upped sticks and emigrated to America to further his career. Director Paco Cabezas Starring Nicolas Cage, … Continue reading

El Gringo (2012)

Duration 1h 39m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Jonathan W. Stokes Additional Info For any Brits who may look at this review, Scott Adkins, who quite looks the part, started off in East Enders and graduated to Holby City before taking off for America. Director Eduardo Rodriguez Starring Scott Adkins, … Continue reading

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