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Description: A young pizza-deliverer, Andréa, introduces Laure, a 20 year old woman he barely knows, to his mate David, a wealthy layabout who is looking for models for his porn image agency. Eager for an simple escape from her dull life, Laure agrees to attend an audition with David’s boss, who proposes that she appears in difficult core porn videos. She does not realise - until it is too late - that she has entered a globe of hedonistic excess and brutal self-destruction...
Description: After growing up in a terrible gypsy camp, Edmond Vidal, aka Momon, has retained a sense of family, unfailing loyalty and pride in his origins. Most of all, he has remained mates with Serge Suttel, with whom he first discovered prison life - for stealing cherries. The two of them inevitably got involved in organized crime. The squad they formed, the Ganf Des Lyonnais, made them the most notorious armed robbers of the early 1970s. Their irresistible rise ended in 1974 with a spectacular arrest. Today, as he nears 60, Momon would like to forget that part of his life. He has found peace by retiring from the "business". He tends to his wife Janou, who suffered so in the past, and to his kids and grandchildren, all of whom have nice respect for this boy of easy and universal values, so clear-headed and full of kindness. But then Serge Suttel, who has disowned nothing of his past, comes back into the picture.
Description: When the disfigured body of a girl is found in Dr. Chaleck's quarters, Inspector Juve instantly suspects that it is the work of his archenemy, the criminal mastermind Fantômas.
Description: Inspector Juve finds out that Fantômas is serving a prison sentence in Belgium. Desperately eager to receive the criminal master imprisoned in France, he comes up with a plot to let Fantômas to escape.
Description: After his failed attempts to capture the ruthless crook and murderer Fantômas, Inspector Juve becomes the victim of a virulent press campaign which accuses him of being Fantômas himself. Whilst Juve languishes in a prison cell, his friend, the journalist Fandor, attempts to clear his name by tracking the true Fantômas.
Description: Fantômas commits a murder and cleverly frames an artist, who is mysteriously murdered whilst in prison. After the body disappears from there, few crimes take place, leaving behind the fingerprints of the dead man.
Description: The archvillain Fantômas, a master of disguise, steals the Princess Danidoff her priceless pearl necklace at the Royal Palace Hotel, so Inspector Juve is tasked to capture Fantômas and place an end to his limitless villainy.
Description: Two police officers lie dead. The swede Ekstrøm and the youngster Gustav flees the stage of the crime. Based on a true double murder in 1926, this film remained almost unseen for 57 years. When the movie was set to premiere in 1950 one of the murderers, having served a full sentence, went to court to have the movie stopped.
Description: Flemming Borch, der er kassér i en bank, opdager ved et tilfælde et karbonpapir, hvorpå en røveritrussel står skrevet. Borch gemmer nogle af bankens penge i sin madskasse og da røveriet endelig bliver begået, tror alle, at røveren har stjålet alle pengene. Røveren er dog mistænksom - særlig da han hører at udbyttet blev ca. 190.000,- kr. Bankrøveren begynder nu at drive terror mod Borch. Borch møder en ung svensk pige, Merrild, og de har det dejligt sammen. Merrild hjælper Borch til udlandet med alle pengene, boys idyllen er kortvarig. Bankrøveren og politiet ankommer begge til ferieparadiset.
Description: A priest (Zingaretti - Inspector Montalbano) attends his fresh parish only to search the church empty, the locals uninterested and their kids rude and abusive. He very gently sets about winning over first the kids by providing them with a zone to enjoy and learn and then works on their parents. The church slowly becomes the focal mission of the community and rapidly ends up full with standing room only. But...
Description: A series of knife murders have an odd detail about them; the victims search that their luggage has been packed for them just before their deaths. Scotland Yard investigates, and explore that the murders are linked to an addictive drug named Mescadrine.
Description: In the harsh post-war years' Catalan countryside, Andreu, a kid that belongs to the losing side, finds the corpses of a boy and his son in the forest. The authorities wish his father to be made responsible of the deaths, but Andreu tries to support his father by finding out who truly killed them. In this search, Andreu develops a moral consciousness vs a globe of adults fed by lies. In order to survive, he betrays his own roots and ends up finding out the creature that lives within him.
Description: Paul and Georgia are lovers, soul mates...and partners in crime. But when this duplicitous duo tries to dupe the wrong man, they are ensnared in a globe more risky than they should ever have imagined. Seduced into working for him on risky jobs beyond their small-time capability, Paul and Georgia suddenly have everything they've ever wanted...and even more to lose.
Description: Based on a real storyline and set in one of the most colourful periods in Philippine history, ROSARIO is destined to be a modern masterpiece in Philippine filmmaking. It is a monumental yet intimate portrait of a woman's emancipation and the sometimes painful consequencesof following one's desires.
Description: A novelist (Dina Meyer) moves to a tiny city to write her next novel. She loves to receive inspiration and as time goes by she gathers notification about her neighbor, a young and wealthy guy whom she observes and picture from her window most of the time. Soon, she gets involved in a crime and most of the evidence is pointing at her due to her lonely life and life style. She needs to war to demonstrate her innocence and that's what will be the plot of the film till the end.
Description: Based on the happenings surrounding the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.Hayden Panettiere (Heroes) and Marcia Gay Harden (Academy Award champion for Pollock) star in the Lifetime Original Film Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy based on the international headline-grabbing storyline of the actually infamous American exchange student accused by Italian authorities of brutally killing her roommate. Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy poses the question of whether Knox (Panettiere), the Seattle honors student accused of murdering her college roommate Meredith Kercher (Amanda Fernando Stevens) in 2007 with her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito (Paolo Romio) and acquaintance Rudy Guede (Djirbi Kebe), now committed the crime or was herself a victim.
Description: A well known judge comes back to his native region, Salentino in the South of Italy, to search out that his old mate is dead and the girl he loved is actually working for a crime organization.
Description: The vips of italian tv disappear in a mysterious way. Two detectives, Lucia and Franco, test to investigate in this mystery, drowning into a strange world, where the leader is the strong star Sonia Norton.
Description: The most prominent heads of state in the globe start gathering for a symposium that should have a major impact on global politics. When MI-7 receives word that the Chinese premier has become the goal of some high-powered killers, it falls on Johnny English to save the day. Armed with the recent high-tech weaponry and gadgets that would create even James Bond jealous, the once-disgraced agent uncovers evidence of a heavy conspiracy involving some of the world's most strong organisations, and vows to redeem his tarnished reputation by stopping the assassins before they can strike.
Description: Ray Liotta (Goodfellas) delivers an intense, electrifying performance in this explosive follow-up to the gritty urban crime thriller Road Kings. Liotta plays Detroit detective Marty Kingston, the leader of an undercover narcotics team, whose members are being systematically murdered one by one. To solve the brutal killings, Kingston joins forces with a cocky, young homicide detective. But neither of them is prepared for the shocking corruption their investigation will uncover — stunning secrets that will set both boys on a violent collision course with betrayal and vengeance.
Description: When political thugs murder an opponent's volunteer and also slay a cop, chief inspector Verjeat believes the politician who hired them is as guilty as the murderous goon. Verjeat's pursuit of the councilman, Lardatte, gets him a warning from his superiors. When he embarrasses Lardatte while disarming a hostage (the dead volunteer's father), Verjeat is said he's being transferred within a week. He speeds up his hunt for the goon and, with Lefévre, one of his young detectives, he engineers a complicated scheme to purchase more time before the transfer. How could Verjeat enjoy out his values of honor and duty?
Description: Weng Weng plays an agent, code-named “00” who works for the Manila branch of Interpol. The Chief sends him in pursuit of an arch villain, Mr X, whose white sock covered head is reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan’s pointed hoods. When Mr X holds the Philippines for ransom two businessmen, Maolo and Simeon, pay his demands. Weng Weng suspects foul enjoy and goes deep undercover to reveal the real identity of the mysterious Mr X.
Description: During a bank robbery, the manager and a cashier are locked in the strongroom, while the crooks escape. Later, when the gang realise that their plan to release the pair has gone wrong, they return to the bank to test and release them before the police turn up..
Description: The body a teenage woman is discovered in a field of sunflowers. At the same time a travelling salesman watches the happenings unfold on television, whilst in the tiny village of Angosto the discovery of a prehistoric cave brings excitement and the comeback of an experienced geologist, his young fiancé and his assistant. The city police chief plans his retirement, while his deputy dreams of escaping the boredom of his marriage and his job... Through a series of shocking events, the lives of these folks become entangled in a web of violence, betrayal and murder.
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A 1997 Columbo episode which was made to celebrate 25 years of the detective on television. The plot centres around a girl who conspires with her lover (who just happens to be part of the police forensics squad that eventually survey the murder scene) to frame her rich husband for the murder of his business partner who was suing him.Since Columbo's return to the tiny screen in 1988, the series has been very hit-and-miss: there have been some episodes which have upheld the decision to bring Columbo back, whilst others merely aggravate and dismay loyal fanatics of the series with thoughtless and badly conceived changes to the formula. This particular episode has a powerful plot which is executed with the conviction it deserves, but I'm at pains to explain the logic behind putting cat hairs from the murder stage on the back of the person's suit to incriminate him - in a murder scenario, how would they receive there; perhaps on a sleeve or on a part of the trousers, but on the back of the suit??Nevertheless, there are intelligent aspects to this story: the gradual dismantling of the "frame" with a vital clue and how Columbo initially deduces that the wife and the police forensics expert know every other.Yes, the episode is haunted with a tiny predictability: the wedding images do indicate precisely when the husband acquired cat hair on the back of his suit and yes, they should have trimmed down the last half hour of the movie: it suffers from distinct protractedness because the murderers' plot has all but failed after nearly an hour and the final stage which sees Columbo re-enact how he discovered that the wife and the forensics expert now knew every another is fully unnecessary and badly staged.There are some nice performances in evidence too: Peter Falk's real-life wife, Shera Danese (who plays the wife who frames her husband) acts well here and here scenes with Columbo are better than you might expect. Also, Barry Corbin as the framed husband perfectly conveys his character's business-like volatility.Overall, this a distinct "breath of new air" for a series which was undeniably ailing with some of its past inferior, badly judged scripts.
Cathleen Calvert wants to leave her millionaire husband Clifford and set up with lover Patrick Kinsley. However a water-tight prenuptial agreement means that divorce will leave her with nothing. Killing him is deemed far too dangerous and obvious a crime but if only they should receive him out of the method without losing access to his wealth. Luckily for them, Clifford is being threatened with a major lawsuit from accountant Howard Seltzer and Cathleen decides that the easiest thing to do would be to murder Seltzer and frame Clifford. The deed is simple and it looks like an launch and shut situation given how much evidence is accessible (thanks to the knowledge Kingsley has as a member of the police forensics team). Trouble is, for Lt. Columbo, it just doesn't ring real and he just keeps digging.With the long running Columbo formula it is tempting to test and change it and "new" Columbo movies have occasionally fallen into the trap of ditching the formula and trying something fresh it rarely worked. However with this movie the writers have successfully varied the formula while still retaining enough of it to avoid losing the elements of the series that create it so successful. It is a bit of a trouble that the plot is built on a lot of coincidences and illogical risks but generally the movie manages to hold things working so that I just agreed the events. Having told that, it didn't ring real that Kinsley, having left enough forensic evidence to frame the pope, would feel he has to receive more involved in the case. Such things aside though the movie is an engaging mystery that is fun to watch because we receive to see Columbo at work, going after his main suspect as per formula but also having more out there to engage his mind and take him in a various direction. It is a great touch and, like I said, it allows the movie to do what the series normally do while also doing things differently.Falk works with this well and embraces the possibility to present his hero working internally with the slightest tiny clues. He delivers some great comic touches throughout and, as usual, seems fully comfortable within his own skin. The casting of the two male helps is good. Corbin is a solid presence and he provides the tension with Columbo while Rasche provides the "I'll support you solve this" element of the formula so together they deliever the usual items but the fact that it is split makes it more interesting. Danese is less convincing but the movie doesn't place too much on her. There isn't much help to speak of and generally the main three male actors do well to carry it with nice performances.Overall then a cute enjoyable Columbo film. Although the change in formula comes with illogical devices and unlikely setups it does generally work and it presents the formula while also changing it. As many of the fresh Columbo movies show, changing the formula is a dangerous business but here it pulls it off.
Overall this is a cute nice Columbo, in my opinion, though it does have some glaring weaknesses.Barry Corbin is very nice as the loud husband who gets framed by Shera Danese. Danese turns in her usual performance; she's lovely and interesting but seems to enjoy essentially the same hero in each episode.The criminologist "bad guy" does a cute sloppy job for a supposed expert -- that may be the largest plot weakness; it's difficult to trust he was that dumb. A long method from CSI.The another weakness is the ending - the twist is nice enough, I suppose, but the stage in which he reveals it is contrived and overplayed.All in all, a nice story. If they'd redone the ending and allow the villain be a tiny more intelligent it would have been a nice one. As it is, it's just good.-B-
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