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Films that explore contemporary political issues and films that keep us on edge.

Arbitrage Film Review star
"Arbitrage" is a nail-biting suspense film set in the world of high finance. Richard Gere plays a wealthy businessman who must outwit regulators and the police in order to save his fortune and reputation.

Colosio the Assassination Film Review star
Shock and turmoil grip the Mexican establishment when Presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio is assassinated. Intelligence officer Andres Vazquez is asked to head a secret investigation into the murder. But searching for the truth puts his life, and the lives of his family, in danger.

Downhill Racer Film Review star
In the late 1960s, America was in turmoil and the films produced then have the ability to speak to us in our current tumultuous times. Robert Redford's film explores the concept of "winning" and what it takes to succeed.

In Order of Disappearance Film Review star
A typical revenge thriller is the cinematic equivalent of fast food: familiar and instantly forgettable. “In Order of Disappearance”, a violent winter tale set amidst endless expanses of white, is more substantial fare.

Juggernaut Film Review star
A home-grown terrorist plants seven bombs on a British ocean liner. The authorities have twenty-four hours to find him and save the passengers. This overlooked gem from the seventies stars Anthony Hopkins, Omar Sharif, Richard Harris, and Shirley Knight.

Last Embrace Film Review star
When Jonathan Demme died on April 26th, 2017, most of the headlines referenced his 1991 film “Silence of the Lambs”. “Last Embrace” (1979) does not have a character with the shock value of flesh-eating Hannibal Lecter, but is worth a second look.

Medium Cool Film Review star
Haskell Wexler was voted one of the most influential cinematographers in American film. His 1969 directorial debut, "Medium Cool", is a prescient exploration of politics, violence, and the deleterious effects of a post-literate culture on democracy.

Outland Film Review star
"Outland" is a sci-fi thriller that deserves another look. Sean Connery's outstanding performance as an honest cop who uncovers corporate corruption is the main attraction.

Sam Shepard and Cold in July Film Review star
"Cold in July" is a dark, heart-pounding thriller that also features Sam Shepard in one of his final roles. Michael C. Hall and Don Johnson co-star.

Sicario Film Review star
FBI agent Kate Macer knows the battle between drug traffickers and law enforcement is at a stalemate. When she joins a special task force, however, Kate finds herself caught between opposite sides of the law. Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, and Josh Brolin star in "Sicario".

The Hollow Point Film Review star
An Arizona border town is rocked by violence when a drug cartel assassin comes to town. Ian McShane and Patrick Wilson star.

The Nile Hilton Incident Film Review star
Winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, this is a contemporary film noir set against the backdrop of the Arab Spring. "Zero Dark Thirty" actor Fares Fares stars.

The Secret in Their Eyes (2009) Film Review star
Benjamin Esposito, retired criminal investigator, decides to write a book about a murder case that has haunted him for twenty-five years. Will re-examining the facts provide new answers, or simply open old wounds? This film is the basis for the 2015 remake with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Julia Roberts.

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