SE7EN
1995, Warner Bros., 127 min, USA, Dir: David Fincher

Morgan Freeman is a big-city homicide cop days from retiring when he’s assigned to a gruesome case that’s just one in what will turn out to be a string of murders. Saddled with a wet-behind-the-ears rookie detective partner (Brad Pitt), Freeman finds himself descending farther down into the urban inferno than he has gone in his entire career. Co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Kevin Spacey.


L.A. CONFIDENTIAL
1997, Warner Bros., 138 min, USA, Dir: Curtis Hanson

Director Curtis Hanson brings James Ellroy’s epic, muckraking crime novel to vivid life, zeroing in on murder, scandal-mongering and police corruption in 1950s Los Angeles. A white-hot slab of ensemble acting adds to the fireworks, including Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey, James Cromwell, Danny DeVito and Kim Basinger, who won a much-deserved Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance. One of those all-too-rare movie literary adaptations that matches the quality of the original book.


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