Fall 2013 Film Preview

Crime, Thrills, Suspense, and Revenge—all themes that like to share a bed with Noir. This fall, don’t miss these exciting new films, which will leave you craving a cigarette afterwards.

Which one are you most excited about? Did any miss the list? Leave a comment.

(Details courtesy of IMDb)

The Family

1. The Family

13 September 2013 (USA)

The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.

The Fifth Estate

2. The Fifth Estate

18 October 2013 (USA)

A dramatic thriller based on real events, THE FIFTH ESTATE reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.

The Counselor

3. The Counselor

25 October 2013 (USA)

A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.

The Wolf of Wall Street

4. The Wolf of Wall Street

15 November 2013 (USA)

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.


5. Oldboy

27 November 2013 (USA)

Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked up into solitary confinement for 20 years without reason.

Out of The Furnace

6. Out of the Furnace

6 December 2013 (USA)

When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement fails to follow through, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice.


LITTLE MONSTERS: New Independent Film Features Child Murderers

Little_MonstersLITTLE MONSTERS has everything a successful independent film needs, a veteran director with a passion for his craft, a hungry production team who can eke out every resource from a shoestring budget, and a stable of actors from Las Vegas who take pride in their craft. David Schmoeller’s realization of his own script entices you with crime, drama, and suspense. The film explores bullying in America at its core by examining how the horrific crime of two ten-year-olds has shaken America. Everyone from the victim’s family, to the seedy tabloid market, to the vigilantes with a bone to pick has a hand in this story. But something happens about midway through the film. Schmoeller brings this twenty-thousand-foot view slowly and methodically down to the personal level of the characters. It’s subtle at first, but when you realize what happened, the film takes on new meaning. These two bullies (now 18 and recently released from Juvenile Detention) become human. We feel how these events have changed them, how the events have eaten away at their lives, and the lives of those around them. Scenes become engrossing, wrapping you up with complexity and providing you with a window into the souls of these characters. This is where the actors shine, playing off each other and bringing you with them into their emotional worlds. The scene where Carl (played by Charles Cantrell) meets his mother after being incarcerated for eight years is film masterpiece. Being a fan of Schmoeller’s early work (Puppetmaster (1989); Tourist Trap (1979)), it’s wonderful to see how his films have changed over the years with the rise of independent filmmaking, yet his works still hold true to his ability to scare you, to shock you, to play with your emotions. LITTLE MONSTERS is no different. If you get a chance to see this film, you must see it!

LITTLE MONSTERS will have its Las Vegas Premiere at the Vegas Independent Film Festival (VIFF) – it will be an “Encore Closing Night” Screening at Brenden Theaters at the Palms on Thursday, May 9th, at 7pm (Red Carpet at 6pm). Tickets are available for this screening from Fandango HERE.

Watch the trailer:

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Read Jonathan Sturak’s interview with David Schmoeller from November 2012.


Top 10 Las Vegas Noir Films

Las Vegas. The Entertainment Capital of the World. Sin City. What Happens in Vegas…Stays in Vegas. Is this a perfect combination for noir? You bet! Las Vegas has been the world’s playground ever since the first casino opened on a “strip” of desert in 1941. From mobsters to gamblers, playboys to showgirls, dancing fountains to exotic dancing, this city offers something for everyone.

They say that Las Vegas has more lights than in any other city in the world. But more lights means more shadows. Only five hours by car from Hollywood, filmmakers love to flock to Las Vegas to set their scenes in the shadows of the city. The following “top 10” list highlights films set in Las Vegas with noir themes.

10. Guns, Girls, and Gangsters (1959)
The title says it all.

9. The Las Vegas Story (1952)
A sultry singer, a shady businessman, and an ex-lover cop. Smells like noir to me.

8. Ocean’s 11 (1960)
Five “Rat Packers” propel this classic heist film.

7. Dark City (1950)
Charlton Heston’s first Hollywood film has him in the poker seat of this classic noir.

6. Bugsy (1991)
A mobster kick-starting the desert city we know and love as Las Vegas. We should thank him!

5. Top of the World (1997)
Not just the name of the exquisite restaurant on top of the Stratosphere. Who doesn’t like Dennis Hopper and Tia Carrere?

4. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
This remake not only stars a modern day “Rat Pack,” it has the brilliant directing of Steven Soderbergh.

3. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Sean Connery as James Bond racing around Fremont Street in a red Ford Mustang. Now this is a film you can’t miss!

2. The Cooler (2003)
A sleeper hit capturing the style of old Vegas still alive today. Mysterious cinematography and a sad soundtrack provide you with a noir feel that lasts. One of William H. Macy’s best performances!

1. Casino (1995)
Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Sharon Stone. One of Martin Scorsese’s very best! The Riviera was used to shoot most of the casino scenes. I drive by this nostalgic casino every day. Its lights are still shining.

Are there any films that missed the list? Leave a comment with your favorites!