In London, a secret society led by lawyer Thaddeus Merrydew collects the assets of any of its deceased members and divides them among the remaining members. Society members start dropping like flies. Sherlock Holmes is approached by member James Murphy’s widow, who is miffed at being left penniless by her husband. When Captain Pyke is shot, Holmes keys in on his mysterious Chinese widow as well as the shady Merrydew. Other members keep dying–Malcom Dearing first, then Mr. Baker. There is also an attempt on the life of young Eileen Forrester, who became a reluctant society member upon the death of her father. Holmes’ uncanny observations and insights are put to the test.
The Fallen Sparrow (1943) Richard Wallace, John Garfield, Maureen O’Hara, Walter Slezak, Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery
A former Spanish Civil War prisoner, John McKittrick arrives in New York to find the truth behind the death of his friend Louie Lepetino. He finds himself being chased by Nazi agents who want an item he has brought back from Spain and cannot give up. When another of his friends is murdered, McKittrick realizes that he cannot trust anyone around him – not anyone.
The Secret Ways (1961) Phil Karlson, Richard Widmark, Sonja Ziemann, Charles Regnier, Adventure, History, Mystery
Vienna, 1956. After Soviet tanks crush the Hungarian uprising, soldier-of-fortune Mike Reynolds is hired to help a threatened Hungarian scientist (Prof. Jansci) escape from Budapest. He and Julia, the professor’s daughter, cross the boulder posing as journalists, but they encounter a problem. The staunch freedom fighter doesn’t want to go!
Une affaire privée / A Private Affair (2002) Guillaume Nicloux, Thierry Lhermitte, Marion Cotillard, Samuel Le Bihan, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
It’s been six months since Rachel Siprien disappeared. At the request of Rachel’s mother, private detective François takes over the investigation. The young woman, with a complex and multi-faceted personality, is part of a strange network made up of her best friend, her ex-boyfriend, her stepfather and everyone who knows her well or even slightly. François begins to frequent these various friends and acquaintances, and penetrates Rachel’s daytime and nocturnal habitat. He spies, asks disturbing questions, and intentionally fills in the blanks left by those he questions.
Panna a netvor / Beauty and the Beast (1978) Juraj Herz, Zdena Studenková, Vlastimil Harapes, Václav Voska, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
A more horrific and gloomy version of The Beauty and the Beast. Julie is a bankrupt merchant’s daughter who as the only one of the three daughters chooses to save her father’s life by going to the Haunted Wood’s Castle where she meets Netvor. He wants to kill her, but her beauty prevents him from that. Although she is forbidden to see him she starts to love him and the love rescues him from his curse.
Mrs. O’Malley and Mr. Malone (1950) Norman Taurog, Marjorie Main, James Whitmore, Ann Dvorak, Comedy, Mystery
“Murder-on-the-train” mystery has lawyer Malone chasing his paroled embezzler client (Kepplar) who still hasn’t paid Malone’s fee. When Kepplar jumps parole on a train to Chicago, Malone follows, in company with Kepplar’s ex-wife, a police inspector and Mrs. O’Malley, a hearty radio contest winner from Montana. Kepplar is murdered, and a game of musical corpses commences, with hijinks in coach corridors as Malone and Hattie search for the killer.
In her past, Isako Sawada ran a restaurant. She then met Nobuhiro who is 31 years older than her and an executive of a corporation. They eventually married. Nobuhiro owns a large mansion and his money is managed by housekeeper Saki Tsubaki. Isako Sawada doesn’t like that arrangement, but she hides her contempt because she has a plan. Her plan is to become a widow in 3 years and inherit one billion yen from her husband. Isako Sawada schemes to have Nobuhiro die in an apparent natural manner and she is having a relationship with another man.
Spellbound (1945) Alfred Hitchcock, Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, Film-Noir, Mystery, Romance
The head of the Green Manors mental asylum Dr. Murchison is retiring to be replaced by Dr. Edwardes, a famous psychiatrist. Edwardes arrives and is immediately attracted to the beautiful but cold Dr. Constance Petersen. However, it soon becomes apparent that Dr. Edwardes is in fact a paranoid amnesiac impostor. He goes on the run with Constance who tries to help his condition and solve the mystery of what happened to the real Dr. Edwardes.
Sweet Movie (1974) Dusan Makavejev, Carole Laure, Pierre Clémenti, Anna Prucnal, Comedy, Drama, Mystery
The intercut story of two women: a nearly-mute beauty queen who descends into withdrawal and madness, and another who captains a ship laden with candy and sugar, luring men and boys aboard for sex, death, and revolutionary talk. The beauty queen passes from a wealthy husband whose honeymoon delight is to urinate on her, to a muscular keeper who punches her, stows her in a suitcase, and ships her to Paris, to a lip-synching rock idol with whom she has a love spasm, to an Austrian commune complete with a banquet of vomit, urine, feces, chopped dildos, and wet nurses. By then she’s in a fetal position, until everyone’s rescued by reminders that “it’s just a movie.”
New York City ballet dancer Nina (Natalie Portman) enters into an intense battle of wills with a talented and ambitious new arrival (Mila Kunis) who seems intent on edging her out of the spotlight in this supernatural-flavored psychological thriller from director Darren Aronofsky. Nina covets the role of the Swan Queen in a production of Swan Lake by acclaimed theater director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel). The harder Nina works to win the part, however, the more overwhelmed she becomes by her suspicions that talented newcomer Lily (Kunis) is intent on stealing it away from her. As the production draws near and Nina struggles to master the duel roles of the White Swan and the Black Swan, she grows increasingly unstable to the point where she finds it difficult to distinguish fantasy from reality.