ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN
2010, New Video, 115 min, Brazil, Dir: Jose Padilha

Following on the success of 2007’s ELITE SQUAD, director Jose Padilha returns with this breathlessly gripping sequel. Lieutenant Colonel Nascimento (Wagner Moura), formerly a special operations captain, is now a high-ranking official, but he and his second-in-command, Captain Andre Matias (Andre Ramiro), are accused by human rights activists of prisoner execution. Thus begins a bloody political dispute spanning years, involving everyone from government officials to paramilitary groups and criminal kingpins in the Rio de Janeiro slums. In Portuguese with English subtitles.


CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
1944, Universal, 93 min, USA, Dir: Robert Siodmak

A troubled singer (Deanna Durbin) spends a stormy night in New Orleans spinning a tale of woe for a broken-hearted soldier: She married a mama’s boy who's locked up in prison, but she still carries a torch for him. Siodmak cleverly unfolds W. Somerset Maugham's backtracking story, while Gene Kelly (!) uses his avuncular charm to mask a murderous streak. A wickedly delightful alternative to proper Yuletide fare.


THE BRIDE WORE BLACK
LA MARIEE ETAIT EN NOIR
1968, FilmDesk, 107 min, France, Dir: François Truffaut

In Francois Truffaut's delightfully Hitchcock-esque crime comedy, the ever-appealing Jeanne Moreau stars as Julie Kohler, whose betrothed was murdered on her wedding day. In seductive, methodical fashion, she locates each of the men responsible for her husband's death and gives them a taste of their own medicine.


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