UNCUT GEMS – NETFLIX
Adam Sandler brings the house down as Howard Ratner, a fast-living jeweler and gambling addict in New York City’s Diamond District attempting to balance business, family and shady adversaries after making a high-stakes bet. The script (co-written with Ronald Bronstein) and direction from Josh and Benny Safdie are top-notch, and the brothers deliver a thrilling, anxious experience that never breaks. Oy vey!
JUSTIFIED – HULU
If a dose of badass is what you need, there has never been a better time to binge on Justified, Graham Yost’s FX Western crime drama series adapted from Elmore Leonard’s short story “Fire in the Hole.” Timothy Olyphant was born to play Raylan Givens, a hardheaded deputy U.S. Marshal with a killer shot and daddy issues, who returns to his hometown of Harlan, Kentucky. With stellar supporting turns from Walton Goggins as Raylan’s frenemy Boyd Crowder (they dug coal together) and Nick Searcy as his boss, Deputy Art Mullen, Justified is definitely one of the most REBELLER shows of all-time.
THE WAY OF THE GUN – AMAZON PRIME
Featuring perhaps the greatest opening scene ever, Christopher McQuarrie’s directorial debut is an uncompromising crime thriller for the record books. From the crisp dialogue to the performances from Ryan Phillippe, Benicio del Toro and James Caan to the Heat-rivaling shootouts that bookend the picture, the flick is pure Outlaw Cinema through and through.
DEATH WISH – AMAZON PRIME
REBELLER Hall-of-Famer Eli Roth’s 2018 Death Wish, a modern reimagining of Michael Winner’s 1974 revenge thriller classic (itself adapted from Brian Garfield’s 1972 novel) is the Bruce Willis comeback movie for which you have been waiting. (Seriously, someone needs to rescue John McClane from the VOD depths.) You do NOT want to cross Chicago surgeon Dr. Paul Kersey — he really knows how to use a scalpel!
KILLING THEM SOFTLY – NETFLIX
Based on the George V. Higgins (The Friends of Eddie Coyle) novel Cogan’s Trade, this neo-noir crime drama from writer/director Andrew Dominik is a harsh take on the American Dream. Starring Brad Pitt as a mob enforcer brought to post-Katrina New Orleans to settle some scores in 2008 against the backdrop of The Great Recession, Softly also stars James Gandolfini (in his best movie performance); Vincent Curatola (The Sopranos); Richard Jenkins (Bone Tomahawk); Ray Liotta (Goodfellas); and Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom).
Dave Spielman is a writer for REBELLER.