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Gone Girl [based on the book] by dir. by

Gone Girl dir. David Fincher

On the day of her fifth wedding anniversary Amy Dunne disappears. Her husband Nick gets home, a neighbour has spotted their cat wandering outside, to find the door open, the coffee table smashed, and no sign of his wife. We already know that their marriage is not a good one, he has been moaning to his sister at the bar

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A walk among the tombstones [based on the book] by dir. by

A walk among the tombstones dir. Scott Frank

In 1991 three men robbed a bar that was known not to charge police officers for their drinks. Matthew Scudder was off duty and drinking at the time. When they shot the barmen he took off after them. He killed two and wounded the third. He also then gave up drinking and the police force. Now he works as an

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Serpico [based on the book] by dir. by

serpico

Based on the true story of Frank Serpico, this is the story of a police officer who turns whistleblower and ends up exposing a lot of police corruption in the NYPD in the 1960s and 70s. The films tells his story from when he joined the police force through the sixties, up to his shooting while on a drugs bust

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Jersey Boys dir. by

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Jersey Boys is based on a musical, based on the life of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Their formation, rise to fame, and then their disintegration. Going in to the film I knew nothing about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, but as I heard the songs I did recognise most of them. All the actors do their job,

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The Marrying Kind dir. by

The Marrying Kind dir George Cukor

In the domestic courts it is time for Keefer vs Keefer. But the various arguments carry on until it is six o’clock and the presiding judge calls a halt. She wants to reconvene at nine the next morning, but before everyone leaves she decides to have a sit down with the two parties; Florence and Chet. She asks them how

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Made for each other dir. by

Made for each other

Up and coming lawyer John Mason has just returned from taking a deposition in Boston. But work wasn’t all that was keeping him busy. While there he met Jane, and when he returned to New York she was Mrs. Mason. That’s a whirlwind romance and no mistake. This film tells the story of the Mason’s starting out life together, and

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This side of brightness by

This side of brightness - Colum McCann

In the early 1900s New York’s subway was in the process of being excavated. Working as sandhog was decent enough money, but it was dangerous work. As this book begins four men are about to be blown out through the under-river tunnel and out into the Hudson. Three survive, the other’s body is never recovered. In the 90s those same

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The Iceman [based on the book by] by dir. by

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based on the true story of Richard Kuklinski. In 1986 Richard Kuklinski was arrested for murder, he worked as a contract killer for the mob, and yet his wife and daughters knew him only as a devoted family man. This is a competent enough film, there is nothing in it that haven’t been done before, but Shannon is excellent in

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The Amazing Spider-Man [based on comics] by , dir. by

The Amazing Spider-Man

Do I need to give a recap to this story? I mean, you know that it is a Spider-man film, and if I tell you it is an origin story well, I’m sure you’ll figure out that there will be something about his being bitten by a spider, getting super powers and then, after a tragedy, starts down the vigilante

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Winter’s tale by

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Peter Lake was once in training to be a mechanic, but a tragedy meant that he was cast out of that life, and found himself with the Short Tails. A New York gang run by Pearly Soames. There he became a master burglar. But he went against Pearly and so the Short Tails are now after him. He keeps running,

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Grave’s end by

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In 1982 Elaine Mercado and her family moved from an apartment into what they hoped would be their dream home. This house, in the Gravesend section of south Brooklyn, needed some work, but the family felt they could convert this three floor house into both a home and a place where Elaine’s husband could have ample office space. But things

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