BLACK RAIN
1989, Paramount, 126 min, USA, Dir: Ridley Scott

Tough NYC cop Michael Douglas inadvertently loses extradited hood Yusaku Matsuda upon arrival in Japan, then plummets head-first down the neon rabbit hole into a nightmarish yakuza underworld. Violent, gut-wrenching pyrotechnics abound, depicted in the diamond-hard brilliance of Jan de Bont’s cinematography and top-notch performances from an excellent cast that includes Ken Takakura, Andy Garcia, Kate Capshaw and Tomisaburo Wakayama.


THE LOST CITY
2005, Magnolia Pictures, 144 min, Dir: Andy Garcia

. Andy Garcia directs and stars with Dustin Hoffmann and Ines Sastre in this tale of the Felloves, a Cuban family living in 1950s Havana. It is a time of extreme and violent political unrest as Fidel Castro overthrows the current oppressive ruling system and instates a Marxist regime, and Fico Fellove (Garcia), a nightclub owner, is faced with a decision that could alter the bonds of his family forever.


CITY ISLAND
2009, Anchor Bay Films, 2009 min, Dir: Andy Garcia

When the Rizzo family patriarch Vince (a hilarious Andy Garcia) brings home an ex-con (Steven Strait), things in la familia get seriously shaken up. It turns out the Rizzos haven’t exactly been forthcoming with each other about their deepest ambitions - case in point, Vince is a corrections officer who secretly aspires to be an actor!


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