Two conmen take down a mob boss in revenge for the killing of a friend. Jaunty 1930s-set caper with exceptional production design, fun performances, and an engaging plot. Recommended.
A Soviet cop comes to Chicago to extradite a prisoner. Dated but effective and brutal mismatched buddies thriller with comic touches, this doesn’t recapture the magic of Hill’s 48 Hrs, but makes great use of Arnie and of Chicago locations.
A young man and accomplices break into an abandoned asylum trying to find a death certificate worth millions. An oddly-complex story is buried in this otherwise ordinary jumpscare thriller. Naturally, the asylum is haunted and worse.
Chicago women refuse sex to their menfolk to make them end their gang war. A spectacular reworking of Aristophanes’ ancient Greek play Lysistrata, the told-in-rhyme Chi-Raq is an urgent reminder that Spike Lee is one of the US’s finest modern filmmakers.