Following the feedback and success of our 30 Films to See Before Your 30 feature, we continue our latest series, 5 Movies to Watch This Week. As the title suggests, five movies are featured each week regardless of release date alongside their respective IMDB ratings. Check out our picks below and look for Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhaal to hit theaters this Friday, October 31.
Cocaine Cowboys (2006)
A documentary directed by Billy Corben, Cocaine Cowboys explores the rise of cocaine and resulting crime epidemic that swept the city of Miami, Florida, in the 1970s and 1980s. The producers of Cocaine Cowboys use interviews with law enforcement, journalists, lawyers, former drug smugglers and gang members to provide a first-hand perspective of the Miami drug war. Buy it here or stream it here.
IMDB Rating: 7.9/10
A Dirty Carnival (2006)
A Dirty Carnival is a South Korean neo-noir mob film directed by Yoo Ha. The film tells the story of Kim Byung-doo, a small-time gangster in his late 20s. Unable to acquire the money necessary to save his family from eviction, Byung-doo subverts his boss and takes a job directly from President Hwang to eliminate Attorney Park, a public prosecutor. While these events unfold, Byung-doo is reunited with his elementary school friend, Min-ho, who has become a movie director and is currently working on a gangster film. In an attempt to improve the film's authenticity, Min-ho sets out to interview Byung-doo who he sees as "a real gangster." Buy it here.
IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
The Machinist (2004)
An English-language Spanish psychological thriller directed by Brad Anderson and written by Scott Kosar, The Machinist stars Christian Bale with Jennifer Jason Leigh, John Sharian, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, and Michael Ironside. The film is about Trevor Reznik (Christian Bale), an industrial worker whose insomnia has led to him becoming emaciated and doubting his own sanity. His appearance and behavior keeps his coworkers away, and they eventually turn against him when he is involved in an accident that causes his coworker Miller to lose his left arm. Trevor, who was distracted by an unfamiliar coworker named Ivan, is blamed for the accident. No one at the factory knows of Ivan and there are no records of him. Buy it here or stream it here.
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
Mulholland Drive (2001)
Categorized as a psychological thriller, Mulholland Drive was written and directed by David Lynch and stars Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, and Justin Theroux. It tells the story of an aspiring actress named Betty Elms (Watts), newly arrived in Los Angeles, California, who meets and befriends an amnesiac woman (Harring) hiding in an apartment that belongs to Elms's aunt. The story includes several other seemingly unrelated vignettes that eventually connect in various ways, as well as some surreal scenes and images that relate to the cryptic narrative. Buy it here or stream it here.
IMDB Rating: 8/10
New Jack City (1991)
Directed by Mario Van Peebles in his directorial debut, New Jack City stars Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne, Chris Rock and Judd Nelson. The film focuses on crime lord Nino Brown (Wesley Snipes) as he ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective Scotty Appleton (Ice-T) vows to stop Nino's criminal activity by going undercover to work for his gang. Buy it here or stream it here.
IMDB Rating: 6.6/10