SAVAGES
2012, Universal, 116 min, USA, Dir: Oliver Stone

Three-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone returns to the screen with the ferocious thriller SAVAGES, featuring the all-star ensemble cast of Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch and Demian Bichir. The film is based on Don Winslow’s best-selling crime novel that was named one of The New York Times’ Top 10 Books of 2010. Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben (Johnson), a peaceful and charitable Buddhist, and his closest friend Chon (Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run a lucrative, homegrown industry - raising some of the best marijuana ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia (Lively). Life is idyllic in their Southern California town…until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them. When the merciless head of the BC, Elena (Hayek), and her brutal enforcer, Lado (Del Toro), underestimate the unbreakable bond among these three friends, Ben and Chon - with the reluctant, slippery assistance of a dirty DEA agent (Travolta) - wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the cartel. And so begins a series of increasingly vicious ploys and maneuvers in a high stakes, savage battle of wills.


THE TOWN
2010, Warner Brothers, 125 min, Dir: Ben Affleck

After masked armed robbers hold up a bank and briefly take employee Claire (Rebecca Hall) hostage, the gang's leader Doug (Ben Affleck) insinuates himself into her life to make sure she won't give any unwanted information to the Feds. The two begin a poignant if problematic romance, while Doug's dangerously volatile best friend (Jeremy Renner) keeps a watchful, malevolent eye on the couple. Ben Affleck excels as both director and lead in this gritty tale of South Boston hoods chasing the allusive Perfect Crime. With Jon Hamm and Blake Lively.


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