What’s Out This Week? – August 2, 2013

What’s Out This Week? – August 2, 2013

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Netflix Streaming Pick of the Week: The Siege

Netflix Streaming Pick of the Week: The Siege

An eerily relevant film, when ‘The Siege,’ came out in 1998, we never would have thought how different the world would be just a few years later. The film tells the story of Denzel Washington, an FBI Agent tasked with hunting down a terrorist cell operating in New York. ‘The Siege,’ poses the question, how would the United States react if the daily bombings so prevalent in the Middle East were to take place in a metropolis like New York? Martial law is imposed in Queens, and suspects are moved into internment camps. While I may have some reservations about the end of the film, the thriller, which stars the always great Denzel Washington is thrilling and fascinating at the same time.

‘The Siege,’ is available now on Netflix Instant Streaming.

Cronenberg Directing Cruise and Washington in “Matarese Circle”

David Cronenberg, best known for making some of the creepiest (and best) movies of the past two decades has reportedly signed to direct Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington in “The Matarese Circle.”

The script is by the guys who wrote “Wanted,” and based on the Robert Ludlum novel.  It’s about two long-time rival spies who join forces to battle a group of international killers.  Washington will play the CIA agent, and Cruise is in final talks to play the Russian agent.

I’m a Cronenberg fan and it seems that with each movie, he gets better and better.  I’m very intrigued by this one.  -Sam

“Taking of Pelham” Poster Released

“Taking of Pelham” Poster Released

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If I wasn’t looking forward to this movie before, this poster isn’t helping.  The photo-shop job on Tony Scott’s latest assault on cinema doesn’t tease as much as assure me that there is no need to see this movie.  The original, which is wonderful, is still available and still worth seeing.  Maybe we, as a culture, should do that instead of see this new one.  -Sam

DVD Review: American Gangster

DVD Review: American Gangster

It seems that if you are a working filmmaker in America these days, at some point, you will make a mob movie. It’s Ridley Scott’s turn and his effort is ‘American Gangster,’ starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.

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