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In the not-too-distant future, a comet hurdles toward earth, its tail composed of gas and ice that carries a virus. Sam (Sean Cameron Michael), a single father, quickly drives his teenage son, John (Toke Lars Bjarke), to a mine. They grab the last elevator leading down the shaft. But a panicked citizen, wanting to take their spot, accidentally shoots and kills John. Eight years later, half of humanity is living underground while the other half are living topside as man-eating zombies. A broken Sam works in the mine as the engineer for the underground community.
His sorrowful existence is shattered when he’s assigned to a subterranean station that’s been eerily radio silent for two days. His best friend Troy (Brandon Auret), in search of his brother living at the station, and a young girl named Rose (Suraya Rose Santos), who wants a chance of scenery somewhere, anywhere else, accompany him.
Along the way in the writer-director Christopher-Lee dos Santos’s post-apocalyptic thriller, the grief shown by Michael is palpable, and the exciting battles between the trio and a band of marauding militarized cannibals, as well as this world’s fast-moving zombies, make for a heartfelt, gory adventure that reminded me of Zack Snyder’s work on “Dawn of the Dead.”
A cloud of dust clings to a careening police cruiser. The slimy Teddy Murretto (Frank Grillo), a fixer for the Las Vegas mob, is behind the wheel. There’s a price on his head, a blue satchel filled with money on his lap and his car has broken down. Looking for safety in an unlikely place, the desperate criminal purposely punches a cop so he might stay a night in jail. The director Joe Carnahan’s film is a throwback 1970s-style shoot-em-up that uses the tropes of a western with gangster flair.
Teddy soon realizes that jail isn’t quite the respite he hoped for. The hit man Bob Viddick (Gerald Butler) also gets himself purposefully thrown in jail, conveniently in an adjacent cell to the fixer. At the same time, another sociopath (played by a delightfully unhinged Toby Huss) is in pursuit. The only person with any hopes of stopping them is Valerie Young (Alexis Louder), a Ruger pistol-carrying officer with an unflinching steel gaze. In “Copshop,” which crescendos with a shootout in a police station, there’s plenty of blood, plenty of madness and lots of bullets to go around.
Outside of “8 Mile” and “Patti Cake$,” rags to riches stories involving hip-hop artists tend to gravitate toward African Americans living in violent inner cities. The Dutch director Shady El-Hamus’s “Forever Rich” shifts that paradigm from America to Amsterdam, reminding viewers that hip-hop has always been a socioeconomic-themed genre rather than a strictly racial one. Richie (Jonas Smulders) is on the verge of superstardom. After years of toiling away, this white rapper with grills on his teeth and a supposed hard-core street reputation to his name is nearing a massive record deal with a major label.
His dreams come crashing down, however, when a masked biker gang ambushes him and his best friend, Tony (Daniel Kolf). Not only do they rob him, they also post a video of a crying Richie online, tainting his public persona. Richie retaliates by hunting down those who humiliated him and embarrassing them too. While interrogating his own impostor syndrome in a single night, this white rapper who’s really a poser descends down a dark hole, shooting and kidnapping his way back to stardom.
It’s 1944 and four months have passed since the Allies landed at Normandy. But Germany refuses to surrender the Netherlands. The only route to Antwerp, Belgium, a port needed by the Allies to ship supplies to troops, is through the Scheldt estuary in Zeeland, Netherlands. There, a web of undercover resistance fighters and spies are working to overthrow German rule. Teuntje Visser (Susan Radder), the daughter of a meek local doctor (Jan Bijvoet), joins their ranks in an effort to save her imprisoned brother.
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The director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.’s “Forgotten Battle” loosely chronicles this confrontation in the Netherlands by tracking disparate character threads: Teuntje’s political awakening, the deprogramming of a once fanatical young German officer and a British soldier in search of glory. There are hints of “Saving Private Ryan,” especially in one skirmish caught hand-held, which tells the horrors of war in striking first-person detail. The staged Battle of Scheldt is equally harrowing, recalling “Letters From Iwo Jima,” using smoky wide shots and silhouettes of soldiers for a thrilling confrontation.
Years ago, as a young detective, Harun (Yilmaz Erdogan) watched as fellow officers dragged away an impoverished restaurant owner for murder, as the man’s two children tearfully looked on. Decades later, Harun leads the top department in Istanbul, clearing seemingly unsolvable cases with quick resolve. When the city gives him the Policeman of the Year award, he knows a promotion is near. An assassin posing as a cabdriver tries to kill Harun, but Harun kills him instead. Although his body was hidden by Harun, the driver is hanging from a construction crane outside of Police Headquarters the next day. Harun needs to discover who is after him.
The Turkish director Turkan Derya’s crime thriller uses neo-noir conventions with rapturous results. While Harun is the gumshoe, pulled further into a narcotics-filled underworld, Gulendam (Duygu Sarisin), the now grown-up daughter of the restaurant owner, is a wicked vengeful femme fatale. Their cat and mouse game, often mixing elements of “Basic Instinct,” is endlessly entertaining, leading to many surprises and even more suspects.