Thursday, Jan. 27
8 10 12
Kicking off this week of movies about cops and robbers is Infernal Affairs. Probably best known as “that flick that the multi-Oscar-winning picture The Departed was based on,” the original is a fantastic story of loyalty, honor, and betrayal that follows two men: a mole in the police department and an undercover cop in the mob. Their objectives are to find each other, resulting in a tangled web of lies and deceit that predictably ends in quite a bit of bloodshed. Fun fact: This movie spawned a sequel and a prequel, as well as Scorsese’s remake.
Friday, Jan. 28
7:30 10 12:30
Ben Affleck is turning into quite the director, and The Town is his latest gem. Affleck helped write the script, and he also co-starred in the film alongside Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner to make up a solid cast of characters in this Boston-based crime drama. In it, we follow Affleck, Renner, and company as they live the lives of career criminals while Hamm, who plays an FBI agent, attempts to track them down. As you can expect, things go awry during a heist or two and tensions rise on both sides, culminating in a stellar movie experience for anyone who enjoys seeing cinema at its best.
Saturday, Jan. 29
7:30 10 12:30
Training Day won Denzel Washington his first Oscar for Best Actor. That should be enough reason to see this excellent police drama, but if you need more, here goes: It also stars Ethan Hawke and a host of people you’ll recognize as “that guy” from other movies and shows — it even has Snoop Dogg. Denzel plays an LAPD detective who is evaluating Hawke on his first day as a narcotics officer. As Hawke is exposed to a world of corruption he wants no part of, events get real and he finds himself in a battle for his life. Featuring outstanding performances from the ensemble cast, this film is one you don’t want to miss.
Sunday, Jan. 30
7 10 1
One of the greatest crime dramas in American cinema history, Scarface features one of Al Pacino’s signature performances as Tony Montana, a cocaine smuggler in 1980s Miami. We follow Tony’s rise through the ranks of the drug world as he climbs atop the coke ladder until it all deteriorates. Famed screenwriter/director Oliver Stone wrote this cult classic that was initially panned by critics when it was first released. Fun fact: When first finished, Scarface received an X rating three times from the MPAA for its extreme scenes of drug use and violence.