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Film Noir

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Mildred Pierce

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Mildred Pierce
(1945) [PG]


The kind of woman most men want-but shouldn't have! A Mother's Love Leads To Murder - And An Oscar! What Veda wants, her mother - Mildred Pierce - provides. Even if Mildred must end her middle-class marriage, climb atop the male-dominated business world and marry a wealthy man she doesn't love....  More


 
Lady From Shanghai

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Lady From Shanghai
(1947) [PG]


Baffling murders, fascinating plot twists and remarkable camera work contribute to this time-honoured film noir written and directed by and starring Orson Welles. Hired to work on a yacht belonging to the crippled husband of femme fatale Rita Hayworth, Welles plays an innocent man drawn into a...  More


 
Night And The City

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Night And The City
(1992) [MA]


Harry Fabian (Robert De Niro) is an unsatisfied, small-time lawyer in New York City; but he has a dream. Helen (Jessica Lange) is equally disgruntled. Their meeting sparks an impulsive shot at the big time, as Harry battles to fulfill his new, all consuming dream of becoming a boxing promoter....  More


 
Laura (1944)

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Laura (1944)
(1944) [PG]


Detective Mark McPherson investigates the killing of Laura, found dead on her apartment floor before the movie starts. McPherson builds a mental picture of the dead girl from the suspects whom he interviews. He is helped by the striking painting of the late lamented Laura hanging on her apartment...  More


 
Sunset Boulevard

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Sunset Boulevard
(1950) [PG]


Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, an aging silent film queen, and William Holden as the struggling writer who is held in thrall by her madness, created two of the screen's most memorable characters in Sunset Boulevard. Winner of three Academy Awards, director Billy Wilder's orchestration of the...  More


 
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
(1946) [M]


When Nick Smith (Cecil Kellaway) hires drifter Frank (John Garfield) to work as a handyman at his roadside diner he unwittingly sets in motion a chain of events that will lead to his own murder. Nick's beautiful wife Cora (Lana Turner) persuades her lover Frank to join her in a plot to kill her...  More


 
The Hot Spot

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The Hot Spot
(1990) [M]


A loner (Johnson) drives into a small Texas town and gets himself a job at a used car dealership. He gets an idea for robbing a small local bank after he tries to open a new bank account at the same time a fire occurs nearby. The bank was left open while all of the employees went to fight the...  More


 
High Sierra

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High Sierra
(1941) [PG]


Prohibition era gangster Roy Earle (Humphrey Bogart) walks out of prison...and into two unfamiliar worlds: the jitterbugging 1940s and the towering majesty of High Sierra. This fast-paced, heist-gone-wrong manhunt movie is also a fascinating study of a man time has passed by. Earle identifies...  More


 
The Set-Up (1949)

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The Set-Up (1949)
(1949) [PG]


Boxing Wednesdays. Wrestling on Fridays. Stoker Thompson is on Paradise City's Wednesday card, fighting after the main event. He's been 20 years in the game and is sure he just one punch away from big paydays. But there's one thing Stoker doesn't yet know: his manager wants him to take a dive...  More


 
The Postman Always Rings Twice

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The Postman Always Rings Twice
(1981) [M]


Drifter Frank Chambers (Jack Nicholson), is headed nowhere. Then he drifts into a job at a roadside diner and sees his boss’ alluring young wife Cora (Jessica Lange). They are both compelled by agonising passions they can neither control or completely understand, to become lovers with savage...  More


 
Body Heat

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Body Heat
(1981) [MA]


Attorney Ned Racine's life coasts along in neutral - until he meets a siren in white (with a well-to-do husband) named Matty Walker. Ned knows Matty is the kind of woman men would kill to be with. So he does. Kasdan's Body Heat, is a sexy, haunting tale echoing 1940's film noirs but charged with...  More


 
The Big Easy

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The Big Easy
(1987) [M]


Ellen Barkin stars alongside Dennis Quaid in this humorous, stylish and erotic thriller. When a Mafia hood is found dead in a New Orleans fountain, Lt Renny McSwain (Quaid), and his partner (Ned Beatty) decide that it is a Mafia hit. However, Assistant District Attorney Anne Osborne (Barkin)...  More


 
The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers

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The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers
(1946) [PG]


FATE Drew Them Together... And Only MURDER Could Part Them! No one's as good as Barbara Stanwyck when she is "bad" - and the Double Indemnity star gives an equally chilling performance opposite rugged Van Heflin and dynamic Kirk Douglas (making his feature-film debut) in The Strange Love Of...  More


 
The Stranger

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The Stranger
(1946) [PG]


Wilson of the War Crimes Commission is seeking Franz Kindler, mastermind of the Holocaust, who has effectively erased his identity. Wilson releases Kindler's former comrade Meinike and follows him to Harper, Connecticut, where he is killed before he can identify Kindler. Now Wilson's only clue is...  More


 
Key Largo

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Key Largo
(1948) [PG]


A hurricane swells outside, but it's nothing compared to the storm within the hotel at Key Largo. There, sadistic mobster Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson) holes up - and holds at gunpoint hotel owner Nora Temple (Lauren Bacall), her invalid father-in-law (Lionel Barrymore) and ex-GI Frank...  More


 
Dark Passage

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Dark Passage
(1947) [PG]


Bogey's on the lam and Bacall's at his side in Delmer Daves' stylish film-noir thriller that's the third of four films Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall made together. Bogart is Vincent Parry, a prison escapee framed for murder who emerges from plastic surgery with a new face. Bacall is Irene...  More


 
Angels With Dirty Faces

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Angels With Dirty Faces
(1938) [PG]


Off-screen pals James Cagney and Pat O'Brien teamed for the sixth time in this enduring gangster classic. Cagney's Rocky Sullivan is a charismatic ghetto tough whose underworld rise makes him a hero to a gang of slum punks. O'Brien is Father Connolly, the boyhood chum-turned-priest who vows to...  More


 
Blood Simple

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Blood Simple
(1984) [R]


Deep in the heart of Texas, a jealous bar owner hires a private eye to kill his wife and her lover. The sleazy hitman double-crosses the husband, killing him instead and pocketing the cash. The perfect crime, or so it seems, but disposing of the corpse is not so simple. Blood Simple uncoils its...  More


 
Chinatown

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Chinatown
(1974) [M]


A landmark movie in the film noir tradition, Roman Polanski's Chinatown stands as a true screen classic. Jack Nicholson is private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite (Faye Dunaway) to investigate her...  More


 
Narrow Margin

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Narrow Margin
(1990) [M]


Academy Award winner Gene Hackman stars as an L.A. District Attorney attempting to take an unwilling murder witness back to the United States to testify against a top-level mob boss. Frantically attempting to escape two deadly hitmen sent to silence her, they board a Vancouver-bound train only to...  More


 
The Two Jakes

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The Two Jakes
(1990) [M]


Jack Nicholson returns as private eye Jake (or "J.J.") Gittes in this atmospheric Chinatown follow-up which he also directed. Much has changed since we last saw Jake. The war has come and gone and 1948 Los Angeles teems with optimism and fast bucks. But there's one thing Jake knows hasn't...  More


 
The Grifters

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The Grifters
(1990) [M]


When con artist Roy Dillon is visited by his conning Mother, Lilly, she forces him off to the hospital because of a blow to the gut he suffered while working the grift. Roy's girlfriend Myra, the third con artist, comes to visit Roy and we discover that Lilly and Myra don't get along. After he's...  More


 
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

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Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
(1982) [M]


As the private eye of private eyes, Steve Martin is Rigby Reardon. He's tough, rough and ready to take on anything when Juliet Forrest (Rachel Ward) appears on the scene with a case: her father, a noted scientist, philanthropist and cheesemaker has died mysteriously. Reardon immediately smells a...  More


 
Red Rock West

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Red Rock West
(1992) [M]


The quirkiest thriller since Blood Simple, RED ROCK WEST stars Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper and Lara Flynn Boyle in an offbeat mystery about an average guy who is mistaken for a professional hitman. Dead tired and flat broke after driving 1,200 miles, Michael, an unemployed Texan (Cage), walks...  More


 
The Big Heat

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The Big Heat
(1953) [M]


Ruthless criminals, a dedicated honest cop, sultry women and a gripping plot - all the elements of a classic police action-drama are here in full force. Police Sergeant Bannion (Glenn Ford) is investigating the apparent suicide of a corrupt cop, then is suddenly ordered to stop - and The Big Heat...  More


 
Un Flic (Dirty Money)

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Un Flic (Dirty Money)
(1972) [PG]


Jean Pierre Melville's final film is a French gangster thriller that sees a small town bank heist go wrong. Scintillating performances from Catherine Deneuve, Richard Crenna and Alain Delon. *MR  More


 
The Blue Gardenia

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The Blue Gardenia
(1953) [M]


Classic Hollywood film noir with a feminine twist. Nora is a pretty telephone operator engaged to a soldier overseas. On her birthday, she gets a Dear John letter from him. Feeling despondent, she agrees to a date with a wolf from her office. He gets her drunk and leads her back to his apartment,...  More


 
Hammett

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Hammett
(1982) [M]


Based in part on detective-fiction writer Dashiell Hammett's early experiences as a Pinkerton detective, this moderately-noir film has Hammett (using his little-known first name, Sam) involved in an elaborate extortion plot by his former detective agency mentor, Jimmy Ryan. Ryan shows up at...  More


 
Gilda

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Gilda
(1946) [PG]


Rita Hayworth sizzles alonside Glenn Ford and George Macready in Gilda, director Charles Vidor's classic noir set against a backdrop of high life and low characters in a Buenos Aires casino. Exuding sensuality and star power in a dazzling performance, Hayworth delivers lines like "If I'd been a...  More


 
Breathless (A Bout de Souffle)

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Breathless (A Bout de Souffle)
(1959) [PG]


Landmark French movie that turns the tragi-comic story of a minor crim (Belmondo), obsessed with both Bogart and an aspiring American journo (Seberg), into a major masterpiece of fickle hedonism. Crafted with elusive spontaneity, Godard's nervy style still looks as good as ever.  More


 
 
 

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