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25 Crime Movies on HBO Max You Shouldn’t Miss



25 Crime Movies on HBO Max You Shouldn’t Miss

Can’t get enough of hitmen, mobsters and a general sense of lawless mayhem? With HBO Max’s vast catalog of films, which includes a rich library in the crime genre, you’re sure to find something that quells your urge for sweet scores and get away plans. Everything including murder mysteries, bank robberies and “family business” can be found in the HBO Max film library, so here’s a selection available to find that ranges from underrated gems to all time classics.

Reservoir Dogs

30 years ago, the Sundance Film Festival was rocked by the fresh and daring directorial debut from up and coming writer/director Quentin Tarantino. Following the aftermath of a failed bank heist, a group of thieves meet up in their hideout to litigate what went wrong and establish that there is a rat in their midst. This modern classic was a revelation in the indie film scene upon its release and Tarantino became the hottest director of his generation. Some hallmarks of Tarantino’s films can be found in his first feature, including the use of non-linear storytelling and discussions on pop culture in the dialogue, which is present from the opening scene with the infamous dissection of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin.” With winning performances from Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi and Michael Madsen, this one is worth checking out whether it’s the first time or the twentieth.



Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx star in this LA set thriller from crime movie auteur Michael Mann. When Max, a taxi driver, agrees to drive the mysterious Vincent around the city, he quickly learns that he’s chauffeuring a hit man to his list of targets. Mann brings his refined visual style to this sleek thrill ride through the city streets, while Cruise brings a cold menace to Vincent he rarely shows on screen. The supporting cast also features Mark Ruffalo as a cop that’s hot on Vincent’s tail and Jada Pinkett Smith as a lawyer caught in his cross hairs.

Cop Land

James Mangold (Logan) makes his debut with this crime drama about police corruption. In Garrison, New Jersey, on the border of New York State where many NYPD officers live, a cabal of crooked cops who act above the law become involved in a conspiratorial plot involving a missing officer, and it is up to local sheriff Freddy Heflin (Sylvester Stallone) to bring justice back to the town. With an all star cast that includes Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Robert Patrick and Robert De Niro, this engrossing neo noir ticks all the right boxes.

Dragged Across Concrete

From the mind of S. Craig Zahler, the director of the fantastic Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99, comes this dark crime drama. When two disgraced police officers (played by Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn) are fired from the force, they decide to turn to crime to make ends meet. Like Zahler’s other films, Dragged Across Concrete features viscerally grotesque violence and unpredictable twists.

No Country For Old Men

After taking money from a drug deal gone wrong, a hunter (Josh Brolin) is stalked across Texas by a merciless hitman named Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem). Adapted from Cormac McCarthy’s novel of the same name and also starring Tommy Lee Jones, this thriller from Joel and Ethan Coen went on to win four Academy Awards including Best Picture, as well as Best Supporting Actor for Bardem. Widely considered to be among the best films from the directing duo, No Country For Old Men is a gripping journey that explores the darkness of men.


Gone Baby Gone

Ben Affleck made his directorial debut with this gritty, Boston set drama which follows a pair of private detectives (Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan) who investigate the disappearance of a young girl from her home in a working class neighborhood. Affleck’s debut behind the camera revealed the former Daredevil star to be a gifted filmmaker, as this wonderfully paced mystery is guided to its heartbreaking conclusion. Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris give strong supporting performances, but it is Amy Ryan (The Office) and Michael K. Williams who steal the show, despite limited screen time.


Martin Scorsese’s mob classic follows the rise and fall of gangster turned police informant, Henry Hill (Ray Liotta). Scorsese is no stranger to the world of crime in film, having made a variety of films in the genre such as Mean Streets and Casino, but it’s near impossible to top Goodfellas, a film littered with memorable moments and iconic scenes within the crime genre. Stacked with great performances from Liotta to Robert De Niro at his most cool and menacing as Jimmy Conway, and Lorrain Bracco as Karen, Henry’s put upon wife. But it is Joe Pesci who won an Oscar for his portrayal of the maniacal Tommy DeVito, who’s both terrifying and kind of a funny guy. Whether it’s for the first time or the 20th, there’s never a bad time to watch Goodfellas.

The Player

Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins), a hotshot film producer who greenlights and rejects thousands of screenplay pitches, has been receiving anonymous death threats from who he assumes is a writer that had a pitch rejected. Mill meets with the writer who he believes is harassing him, but when their conversation escalates to a fight, Mill murders the writer and stages the scene as a robbery believing his strife is now over. But the next day, Mill receives another letter from his stalker. Robert Altman’s satire of the Hollywood machine is still relevant 30 years later, as it pokes fun at incompetant studio executives and mocks the egos of movie stars and producers alike. A beautifully shot film that features a bevy of cameos from A-listers of the time.


Beverly Hills Cop

Crime comedies rarely get much better than this Eddie Murphy starring romp. Axel Foley, a Detroit cop, heads west to Beverly Hills in order to investigate the murder of a long time friend. From a script that was originally intended for action star Sylvester Stallone, Murphy came onboard to turn the potentially gritty action picture into a laugh riot and made one of the most successful comedies in box office history. Be prepared to have its catchy score stuck in your head for a few days after.

The Untouchables

Kevin Costner stars as Eliott Ness, a federal agent working to take down infamous crime boss Al Capone (Robert De Niro). Brian de Palma directed this crime epic that brought Prohibition-era Chicago to life. Sean Connery also stars and even won an Academy Award for his performance.

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Blood Simple

The Coen brothers announced themselves as cinematic wunderkinds to be reckoned with in their stylish neo noir debut. Set deep in the heart of Texas, a jealous bar owner (Dan Hedaya) hires a cheap hitman (M. Emmet Walsh) to murder his cheating wife (Frances McDormand) and her lover (John Getz). A taut thriller that will grip you to its closing moments.

No Sudden Move

The latest film from Steven Soderbergh, director of films such as Ocean’s Eleven and Out of Sight, is set in 1954 Detroit and follows a group of small-time criminals tasked with stealing a valuable document. But when the heist goes sideways, they search for those who hired them and for what the purpose was. Featuring a stellar cast that includes Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Kieran Culkin, Brendan Fraser and Jon Hamm, Soderbergh’s newest heist film presents a fresh take on the genre and askews some of the trappings of those stories to create an unpredictable narrative.


Nightmare Alley

Set during the 1940s, this atmospheric drama follows a drifter who joins a carnival and learns the trade of a mentalist, which allows him to con the rich and grieving of their money. He soon attempts a big score by swindling a tycoon still distraught over his love’s death. Bradley Cooper stars and gives what may be the best performance of his career as a man who seemingly has no sense of morality. Director Guillermo Del Toro imbues the film with his usual visual style with immaculate set designs and cinematography.

The Departed

A tale of two rats. A police informant (Leonardo DiCaprio) goes deep undercover in the Irish mob that has taken over the streets of Boston in order to flush out a mobster (Matt Damon) who has infiltrated the police department. Martin Scorsese received his long overdue Oscar in this best Best Picture-winning crime epic. This endlessly entertaining thriller boasts brilliant performances from both DiCaprio and Damon, but it is the supporting cast that makes this film as good as it is, with Jack Nicholson giving what may be his final great performance as the crime lord Frank Costello, while Ray Winstone is suitably intimidating as his muscle. But it is a never-better Mark Wahlberg that steals the show as the guy who does his job, igniting all of his scenes with profanity filled, hilarious tyrades as the fiery police Sergeant Dignam.

Jackie Brown

Tarantino followed up the game-changing Pulp Fiction with this adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel Rum Punch. After being busted for smuggling money for her arms dealer boss, Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson), flight attendant Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) is made to choose by a pair of FBI agents (Michael Keaton and Michael Bowen) to either face jail time or help bring down Ordell. Considered by many critics to be Tarantino’s most mature, and arguably best film, Jackie Brown is an engaging crime thriller that has the low level criminals that Tarantino excels at portraying, and also deals with themes like aging and life not turning out how you expect it to. Robert De Niro gives a good performance as Ordell’s dirtbag friend, Louis Gara, while Robert Forster reignited his career with his touching portrayal as bail bondsman Max Cherry, who is quietly in love with Jackie. A remarkable film that gets better with each viewing.



Christopher Nolan garnered international acclaim with this indie mystery thriller about a man named Leonard (Guy Pearce) with a rare form of memory loss, who is trying to find his wife’s murderer. Told in an unconventional style where the narrative is portrayed in reverse chronology, allowing the audience to unravel the mystery in a manner similar to how Leonard perceives the world, and also allowing for clues and character motivations to be revealed in an unique way. And with a twist ending that will have you questioning everything you just witnessed, this is one film you’re unlikely to forget about any time soon.

The Town

Ben Affleck followed up his magnificent debut, Gone Baby Gone, with another Boston-set crime epic, this time focussing on a crew of bank robbers in the alleged bank robbery capital of the world. After taking and releasing a bank teller (Rebecca Hall) as a hostage during their latest robbery, crew leader Doug MacRay (Affleck) decides to find the woman and strike up a relationship with her just as the FBI, lead by a zealous agent (Jon Hamm), begins to close in on him. Jeremy Renner gives a career best performance as the hotheaded crew member, Jem. With his sophomore directorial effort, Affleck proved his first film was no fluke as he navigates the various moving pieces of this narrative.


Will Smith and Margot Robbie star in this steamy crime caper. Nicky (Smith), a seasoned con man, becomes romantically involved with Jess (Robbie), a young con artist learning the tricks of the trade. But when Jess gets too close for comfort, Nicky abruptly ends things. Years later while working a dangerous job, Nicky unexpectedly runs into Jess, knocking him off his game just when he can’t lose focus. A fun film that was something of a return to form for Smith and cemented Robbie as one of the biggest stars of her generation.


City of God

Set in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, this decade-spanning epic charts the rise of organized crime in the region, as we follow a group of children born into the climate grow up to perpetuate the violent cycle. Made with incredible vibrance and style by director Fernando Meirelles, City of God struck like a lightning bolt upon its release with its kinetic camera work and eye-catching imagery and two decades on, still packs an incredible punch.


Bob Odenkirk was able to add action star to his long list of achievements with last year’s Nobody. After his house is burgled, a mild mannered family man begins to reveal his true nature after he goes searching for the thieves that took his daughter’s possession, which unexpectedly escalates to an all-out war with the Russian mob. Many shootouts that’re reminiscent of John Wick, and a hall of fame bus fight, ensue. A fun and funny action-crime movie, Nobody proves to be a good time for anybody.


A veteran police detective (played by Al Pacino) is sent out to a town in Alaska to investigate the murder of a teenage girl and is drawn into a game of cat and mouse with the suspected killer (Robin Williams). Hillary Swank also stars as a young, local police officer assisting Pacino’s veteran on the case. Christopher Nolan followed up his breakout indie Memento with this big-budget studio thriller that set him up to take on Batman. Pacino gives one of his best late-career performances, while Williams adds another dimension to his range as an actor as the quietly unsettling suspect. An engrossing mystery thriller that’s well worth visiting.

Horrible Bosses

Three pals (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis) conspire to kill one another’s respective horrible bosses. This crude, Hitchcock-inspired studio comedy was a success at the box office upon its release and features some hilarious performances from its stacked cast. Colin Farrell is a riot as the nunchuck-wielding boss of Sudeikis’ character, while Jennifer Aniston plays against her girl-next-door image as an inapropriately sexual dentist who’s harrasing Day’s hygenist, while Jamie Foxx flexes his comedic muscles as the trio’s crime consultant, MotherF***** Jones.



Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, teams up with a group of thieves to steal a priceless painting. But during the heist, Simon suffers a head injury and has no memory of where he hid the stolen painting. After some threats and torture, the thieves opt for hiring a hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) to get inside his head and find what they’re looking for. But as their sessions progress, Simon begins to lose his grip on reality and the truth becomes blurred. British filmmaker Danny Boyle brings his signature style to this twisty psychological thriller.

Training Day

Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke), a rookie cop, spends his first day on the job as a narcotic officer shadowing the rogue and unorthodox detective Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington). Directed by Antoine Fuqua, this tough-as-nails drama became an instant classic upon its release. Denzel would go on to win an Oscar for Best Actor with this performance as the ruthless Harris, creating an indelibly classic movie villain in the process.

Mean Streets

This may not have been Martin Scorsese’s debut, but it was the first Scorsese movie. It is set on the mean streets of Little Italy, in the cross section between low-end monsters and petty thugs. Charlie (Harvey Kietel), a small-time crook in the area, wants to help his hot headed friend Johnny Boy (Robert De Niro) out of a major debt to a local loan shark. A lot of the hallmarks seen over Scorsese’s career can be found in this film, from the moving camera, to the needle drop soundtrack, to the thematic use of faith and street life. It is also notable for being the first collaboration between Scorsese and De Niro.



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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble




Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida.

For Sylvester Stallone, however, it means something else entirely: starring in the first superhero-centered film of his decades-long career in the much-delayed Samaritan. Unfortunately for Stallone and the audience on the other side of the screen, the derivative, turgid, forgettable results won’t get mentioned in a career retrospective, let alone among the ever-expanding list of must-see entries in a genre already well past its peak.

For Stallone, however, it’s better late than never when it involves the superhero genre. Maybe in getting a taste of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his walk-on role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel several years ago, Stallone thought anything Marvel can do, I can do even better (or just as good in the nebulous definition of the word).


The property Stallone and his team found for him, Samaritan, a little-known graphic novel released by a small, almost negligible, publisher, certainly takes advantage of Stallone’s brute-force physicality and his often underrated talent for near-monosyllabic brooding (e.g., the Rambo series), but too often gives him to little do or say as the lone super-powered survivor, the so-called “Samaritan” of the title, of a lifelong rivalry with his brother, “Nemesis.” Two brothers entered a fire-ravaged building and while both were presumed dead, one brother did survive (Stallone’s Joe Smith, a garbageman by day, an appliance repairman by night).

In the Granite City of screenwriter Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room, Season of the Witch), the United States, and presumably the rest of the world, teeters on economic and political collapse, with a recession spiraling into a depression, steady gigs difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, and the city’s neighborhoods rocked by crime and violence. No one’s safe, not even 13-year-old Sam (Javon Walker), Joe’s neighbor.

When he’s not dodging bullies connected to a gang, he’s falling under the undue influence of Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), a low-rent gang leader with an outsized ego and the conviction that he and only he can take on Nemesis’s mantle and along with that mantle, a hammer “forged in hate,” to orchestrate a Bane-like plan to plunge the city into chaos and become a wealthy power-broker in the process.

Schut’s woefully underwritten script takes a clumsy, haphazard approach to world-building, relying on a two-minute animated sequence to open Samaritan while a naive, worshipful Sam narrates Samaritan and Nemesis’s supposedly tragic, Cain and Abel-inspired backstory. Schut and director Julius Avery (Overlord) clumsily attempt to contrast Sam’s childish belief in messiah-like, superheroic saviors stepping in to save humanity from itself and its own worst excesses, but following that path leads to authoritarianism and fascism (ideas better, more thoroughly explored in Watchmen and The Boys).

While Sam continues to think otherwise, Stallone’s superhero, 25 years past his last, fatal encounter with his presumably deceased brother, obviously believes superheroes are the problem and not the solution (a somewhat reasonable position), but as Samaritan tracks Joe and Sam’s friendship, Sam giving Joe the son he never had, Joe giving Sam the father he lost to street violence well before the film’s opening scene, it gets closer and closer to embracing, if not outright endorsing Sam’s power fantasies, right through a literally and figuratively explosive ending. Might, as always, wins regardless of how righteous or justified the underlying action.

It’s what superhero audiences want, apparently, and what Samaritan uncritically delivers via a woefully under-rendered finale involving not just unconvincing CGI fire effects, but a videogame cut-scene quality Stallone in a late-film flashback sequence that’s meant to be subversively revelatory, but will instead lead to unintentional laughter for anyone who’s managed to sit the entirety of Samaritan’s one-hour and 40-minute running time.


Samaritan is now streaming worldwide on Prime Video.


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Matt Shakman Is In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Four’




According to a new report, Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the upcoming MCU project, Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush regarding Fantastic Four to the point where no official announcements have been made other than the film’s release date. No casting news or literally anything other than rumors has been released regarding the project. We know that Fantastic Four is slated for release on November 8th, 2024, and will be a part of Marvel’s Phase 6. There are also rumors that the cast of the new Fantastic Four will be announced at the D23 Expo on September 9th.

Fantastic Four is still over two years from release, and we assume we will hear more news about the project in the coming months. However, the idea of the Fantastic Four has already been introduced into the MCU. John Krasinski played Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The cameo was a huge deal for fans who have been waiting a long time for the Fantastic Four to enter the MCU. When Disney acquired Twenty Century Fox in 2019 we assumed that the Fox Marvel characters would eventually make their way into the MCU. It’s been 3 years and we already have had an X-Men and Fantastic Four cameo – even if they were from another universe.

Deadline is reporting that Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. Shakman served as the director for Wandavision and has had an extensive career. He directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and an episode of The Boys, and he had a long stint on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There is nothing official yet, but Deadline’s sources say that Shakman is currently in talks for the job and things are headed in the right direction.


To be honest, I was a bit more excited when Jon Watts was set to direct. I’m sure Shakman is a good director, but Watts proved he could handle a tentpole superhero film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wandavision was good, but Watts’ style would have been perfect for Fantastic Four. The film is probably one of the most anticipated films in Marvel’s upcoming slate films and they need to find the best person they can to direct. Is that Matt Shakman? It could be, but whoever takes the job must realize that Marvel has a lot riding on this movie. The other Fantastic Four films were awful and fans deserve better. Hopefully, Marvel knocks it out of the park as they usually do. You can see for yourself when Fantastic Four hits theaters on November 8th, 2024.

Film Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most iconic families makes it to the big screen: the Fantastic Four.

Source: Deadline

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Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Star in ‘Zombie Town’ Mystery Teen Romancer (Exclusive)




Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase have entered Zombie Town, a mystery teen romancer based on author R.L. Stine’s book of the same name.

The indie, now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.

Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town. Stine’s kid’s book sees a quiet town upended when 12-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, see a horror movie called Zombie Town and unexpectedly see the title characters leap off the screen and chase them through the theater.

Zombie Town will premiere in U.S. theaters before streaming on Hulu and then ABC Australia in 2023.

“We are delighted to bring the pages of R.L. Stine’s Zombie Town to the screen and equally thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast and crew on this production. A three-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner with book sales of over $500 million, R.L. Stine has a phenomenal track record of crafting stories that engage and entertain audiences,” John Gillespie, Trimuse Entertainment founder and executive producer, said in a statement.


Executive producers are Trimuse Entertainment, Toonz Media Group, Lookout Entertainment, Viva Pictures and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates.  

Paco Alvarez and Mark Holdom of Trimuse negotiated the deal to acquire the rights to Stine’s Zombie Town book.

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