BUDAPEST NOIR
2017, Menemsha Films, 95 min, Dir: Éva Gárdos

Budapest, 1936. The Hungarian prime minister returns from Nazi Germany in a coffin, his dream of making Hungary into a fascist state snuffed out - for now. Meanwhile crime reporter Zsigmond Gordon (Krisztián Kolovratnik), a cynic who thinks he has seen it all, stumbles upon an unusual killing in a seedy part of the city, the victim being a young woman with only a Jewish prayer book in her purse. An official stonewall blocks his investigation, provoking Gordon to solve the puzzle of her demise. With the help of Krisztina (Reka Tenki), a beautiful photographer who once broke his heart, Gordon pursues his own investigation into Budapest's dark underbelly - a world of pornography, boxers, brothels and Communist cells - all the way to the highest echelons of power.


ROXIE HART
1942, 20th Century Fox, 75 min, Dir: William A. Wellman

Ginger Rogers is pitch-perfect in the title role as a Chicago dancer who confesses to murder for the publicity; Adolphe Menjou costars as the slick lawyer who hopes to get her acquitted. George Montgomery, Phil Silvers and William Frawley are among the fine supporting cast in this breezy romantic comedy, based on the play that became the hit Broadway musical Chicago. A favorite film of Stanley Kubrick!


OUT OF SIGHT
1998, Universal, 123 min, USA, Dir: Steven Soderbergh

Meet Jack Foley (George Clooney), a smooth criminal who bends the law and is determined to make one last heist. Karen Sisco (Jennifer Lopez) is a Federal Marshal who chooses all the right moves ... and all the wrong guys. Now they're willing to risk it all to find out if there's more between them than just the law. With Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Albert Brooks and Catherine Keener. Edited by Anne V. Coates. "OUT OF SIGHT, a sly, sexy, vastly entertaining film version of Elmore Leonard’s playful crime novel, represents director Steven Soderbergh’s most ambitious and most accomplished work to date. Brimming with a dozen offbeat characters, this reflexively witty crime caper boasts the sort of bright, snappy dialogue that’s rarely heard in a mainstream picture." - Emanuel Levy, Variety.


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