268 – Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)

brawlBrawl in Cell Block 99 is a 2017 American action thriller film written and directed by S. Craig Zahler. The film stars Vince VaughnJennifer CarpenterDon JohnsonUdo KierMarc Blucas and Tom Guiry.gan

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5657856/

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260 – Public Enemies (2009)

spacetime coordinates:  1930s Chicago, Indiana, Wisconsin,  Arizona

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Public Enemies is a 2009 American biographical mob drama film directed by Michael Mann and written by Mann, Ronan Bennett and Ann Biderman. It is an adaptation of Bryan Burrough‘s non-fiction book Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34. Set during the Great Depression, the film chronicles the final years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger(Johnny Depp) as he is pursued by FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale), Dillinger’s relationship with Billie Frechette (Marion Cotillard), as well as Purvis’ pursuit of Dillinger’s associates and fellow criminals Homer Van Meter (Stephen Dorff) and Baby Face Nelson (Stephen Graham).

Burrough originally intended to make a television miniseries about the Depression-era crime wave in the United States, but decided to write a book on the subject instead. Mann developed the project, and some scenes were filmed on location where certain events depicted in the film occurred, though the film is not entirely historically accurate.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1152836/

219 – Legend (2015)

spacetime coordinates: 1960s London

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Legend is a 2015 French-British crime thriller film written and directed by Brian Helgeland. It is adapted from John Pearson‘s book The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins,  which deals with the rise and fall of the Kray twins; the relationship that bound them together, and charts their gruesome career to their downfall and imprisonment for life in 1969.

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Rotten Tomatoes’ consensus reads, “As a gangster biopic, Legend is deeply flawed, but as a showcase for Tom Hardy – in a dual role, no less – it just about lives up to its title.”

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3569230/

206 – Gomorra (2008)

spacetime coordinates: 2004 – 2005 southern Italy

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Gomorrah (Italian: Gomorra) is a 2008 Neapolitan-language neo-realist Italian film directed by Matteo Garrone, based on the book by Roberto Saviano, who also collaborated in the screenplay. It deals with the Casalesi clan, a crime syndicate within the Camorra — a traditional criminal organization based in Naples and Caserta, in the southern Italian region of Campania.

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The film, following the book upon which it is based, portrays events identifiably similar to actual historical ones; for example, the Scampia feud. In the film’s credits, the filmmakers thank the districts of Scampia and Torre del Greco, as well as the Carabinieri of nearby Boscoreale: these three suburban areas around the Bay of Naples feature cityscapes appropriate for filming this story.

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0929425/