Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: William Monahan
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson
Description: The Departed is a four time Oscar winner diamond pearl from director Martin Scorsese. It takes place in South Boston with the Irish gangs. The state police have planted an undercover cop inside the gang, but the gang has placed their own mole inside the police. Unaware of each other, the tension and risk of exposure is high. The movie has an incredible cast (Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Vera Farmiga and many more). Hands down the best movie I have ever seen, and the only movie I have rated top score.
Rating: 10 / 10
Other notable cast: Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Corrigan, James Dale, David O’Hara
Favorite quote: “When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I’m saying to you is this: when you’re facing a loaded gun, what’s the difference?”
Recommended audience: 17+
Director: Neil Burger
Writer: Leslie Dixon
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish, Andrew Howard
Description: Struggling writer Eddie Mora suffers from a writer’s block as he hopelessly is unable to pay rent. He gets introduced to a new drug by an old friend, a drug that lets you access 100% of your brain. With perfect clarity, he unlocks all of his potential, as he knows exactly what to do, when to do it and how. Unaware of the side effects from the pill, his new path brings danger along with his new opportunities. An interesting concept, and definitely a movie worth watching.
Rating: 7.9 / 10
Other notable cast: Anna Friel, Johnny Whitworth, Robert John Burke
Favorite quote: “I was blind, but now I see”
Recommended audience: 15+
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Ted Griffin
Starring: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia
Description: Danny Ocean forms a team of 11 brilliant heisters as they plan to rob three casinos in one night. Each member has a unique skill, and they are all required for this to go down. High risk, high reward, robbing the same casino owner on all of his three casinos for 150 million dollars is no joke. Funny, smart and entertaining.
Rating: 8.0 / 10
Other notable cast: Bernie Mac, Elliot Gould, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison, Carl Reiner, Shaobo Qin
Favorite quote: “They might as well call it whitejack!
Recommended audience: 15+
Director: Luc Besson
Writer: Luc Besson
Starring: Jean Reno, Natalie Portman
Description: Jean Reno plays a hardcore hitman who mentors a young girl after her familiy is murdered. Watch as these two form an unlikely relationship as she learns the trades of the assassin. One of the few extremely well-made assassin movies. This is the debut of Natalie Portman as the young girl Mathilda, both her and Reno delivers great acting to a thrilling movie.
Rating: 9.0 / 10
Other notable cast: Gary Oldman, Danny Aiello
Favorite quote: “The knife is the last thing you learn.”
Recommended audience: 18+