1980, Sony Repertory, 123 min, USA, Dir: John Cassavetes

Writer-director John Cassavetes was hardly known for crime thrillers, but he made a riveting one in GLORIA. Gena Rowlands earned an Oscar nomination in the tough-as-nails title role, a mobster’s ex-girlfriend on the run through the gritty streets of New York with a young boy being targeted by hit men. Costarring Buck Henry.

2014, Music Box Films, 95 min, Belgium, Dir: Fabrice Du Welz

Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez, the notorious “lonely hearts killers” of the late 1940s, inspired this torrid thriller. A single mother (Lola Dueñas) connects with a petty crook (Laurent Lucas) on a dating site, and their growing passion eventually spirals into bloodshed. “Two rock-solid performances, gritty cinematography and an impressive mise-en-scene make for a great movie.” - Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter. In French with English subtitles.

2014, The Weinstein Company, 113 min, UK, USA, Dir: Morten Tyldum

Behind every code is an enigma, and the mystery man at the center of this one is Alan Turing, the brilliant British mathematician whose work breaking German codes during WWII helped lay the groundwork for modern computers. Benedict Cumberbatch is mesmerizing as Turing, whose service to England was rewarded with a conviction for indecency because of his homosexuality. Keira Knightley costars in this meticulously crafted thriller, which won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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