BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD
2007, 117 min, USA, Dir: Sidney Lumet

Director Sidney Lumet returns to the crime genre with a vengeance in this devastating portrait of a family destroyed from within. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke play brothers whose severe financial problems lead them to attempt a jewelry store heist -- a heist that, when it goes wrong, has ruinous consequences for the siblings and everyone who has the misfortune to know them. Lumet's consummate craftsmanship and an air-tight script by Kelly Masterson make this a modern day film noir that invites and earns comparison with classics like DOUBLE INDEMNITY and OUT OF THE PAST. With Marisa Tomei.


LIGHT SLEEPER
1992, Lionsgate, 103 min, USA, Dir: Paul Schrader

Willem Dafoe is an alienated drug courier in night-time Manhattan, faced with intimations of his own mortality in this underrated, neo-Bressonian crime film from the author of TAXI DRIVER. Dana Delaney gives a powerful, understated performance as Dafoe's ex-girlfriend fated for a tragic end, while Susan Sarandon shines as his drug-dealer boss experiencing her own painful spiritual growth.


CARDINALS
2017, Gravitas Ventures, 84 min, Canada, Dir: Grayson Moore, Aidan Shipley

When Valerie Walker (I’VE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING’s Sheila McCarthy, in a towering performance) returns from prison after serving time for killing her neighbor in an apparent drunk-driving accident, she wants nothing more than to move on, reconnect with her daughters and reconstruct her life. When the victim’s son shows up at her door, however, it becomes clear that the past will not easily be forgotten. An austere and tautly constructed psychological drama, as well as a thoughtful exploration of the challenges of living with the after-effects of trauma, CARDINALS is an assured directorial debut for Moore and Shipley.


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