U TURN
1997, Sony Repertory, 125 min, France/USA, Dir: Oliver Stone

On his way to Las Vegas to pay off a debt, Bobby Cooper’s (Sean Penn) car breaks down near the small town of Superior, Arizona, where he becomes entangled with a femme fatale (Jennifer Lopez) and her husband (Nick Nolte) and everything that can go wrong, does. Based the John Ridley novel Stray Dogs, this riveting neo-noir thriller features a top-notch cast including Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Voight, Joaquin Phoenix and Claire Danes.


ONE FALSE MOVE
1992, Sony Repertory, 105 min, USA, Dir: Carl Franklin

After Michael Beach, Cynda Williams and Billy Bob Thornton (who co-wrote the taut script) leave Los Angeles following a particularly bloody drug robbery, LAPD detectives suspect they’ll head to Star City, Arkansas. Talkative local sheriff Bill Paxton is excited by the prospect of doing real police work - but he has a connection to one of the criminals that he doesn’t disclose in this unpredictable crime thriller. Critic Gene Siskel’s favorite film of 1992.


THE JUDGE
2014, Warner Bros., 140 min, USA, Dir: David Dobkin

Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) left Carlinville, Indiana behind years ago for a career as a lawyer; returning to his hometown for his mother’s funeral, he’ll need all the legal expertise he has to help his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a local judge accused of murder. Starring two-time Oscar nominee Downey and two-time Oscar winner Duvall, the top-flight cast includes Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio and Billy Bob Thornton as the prosecutor gunning for Judge Joe Palmer.


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