This isn't just any bank behaving badly, though. The fictitious International Bank of Business and Credit is a global (yet eerily faceless) entity with employees who are experts at covering the shadow organization's tracks. When necessary, the IBBC can make court records, police documents, and even people disappear. The IBBC established its wealth laundering money for terrorist groups and organized criminals. Now it's bidding to broker a major arms deal with China that would supply weapons to Middle Eastern military factions.
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Throughout the course of one night, we are driven around in five separate taxi cabs that range from familiar ports of L.A. and New York City to the echoing streets of Paris and Rome to the final ride through the frozen-over metropolis of Helsinki, right as the sun is rising. In Los Angeles, a big-time agent (Gena Rowlands) tries to seduce her rough-and-tumble cab driver (an insolent Winona Ryder) into becoming an actress. While in New York, a jerky Brooklynite (the superb Giancarlo Esposito) teaches his German cab driver (Armin Mueller-Stahl) how to drive, talk, and jive correctly while also trying to escort his sister-in-law (Rosie Perez) home.
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Clive Owen, Tom Tykwer and Armin Mueller-Stahl - Clive Owen, Tom Tykwer, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Potsdam, Germany - attend a press conference to announce that the new movie "The Internatioal" will begin filming this week at Studio Babelsberg Sunday 23rd September 2007
Clive Owen and Armin Mueller-Stahl - Clive Owen, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Potsdam, Germany - attend a press conference to announce that the new movie "The Internatioal" will begin filming this week at Studio Babelsberg Sunday 23rd September 2007
A master at the ancient art of phantom punching, Cronenberg's examination of the Russian mafia's sex trade, currently flourishing in London, doesn't hit you till you're a good quarter mile out of the theater, as you're still contemplating Viggo Mortensen's slicked-back hairdo. Like a cccwolf right before the hunt, Mortensen snarls and calmly stalks as Nikolai, the driver for a sect of the elusive crime syndicate Vory V Zakone, a specter that arose from the ashes of Stalin's work camps. Nikolai works for Semyon (Armin Mueller-Stahl) and Semyon's volatile son Kirill (Vincent Cassel), taking care of their transportation and their criminal refuse. When Nikolai snaps off the fingers of a corpse, he asks Kirill and his business associate Azim (Mina E. Mina) to leave... but the audience is allowed to stay.
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Iris Berben and Armin Mueller-Stahl - Iris Berben and Armin Mueller-Stahl Luebeck, Germany - Photocall for the movie "Buddenbrooks - Ein Geschaeft von einiger Groesse" at Luebeck City Hall Monday 20th August 2007
Iris Berben, August Diehl and Armin Mueller-Stahl - Iris Berben, Armin Mueller-Stahl and August Diehl Luebeck, Germany - Photocall for the movie "Buddenbrooks - Ein Geschaeft von einiger Groesse" at Luebeck City Hall Monday 20th August 2007
This is our loss and Australia's gain, because Shine comes off as one of the upper-echelon films of the year, an ambitious and unflinching look at that country's David Helfgott, a prodigy of a pianist driven insane by his father, only to emerge again after 20 years of institutionalization.
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Interesting premise: Computer geniuses build a virtual reality machine that lets them go back in time to 1937 Los Angeles. Only the virtual people have feelings and emotions just like us; they don't know they're not real. But then they find out.
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Based on the poorly-received novel of the same name, The Third Miracle follows a down-and-out drunk of a priest named Frank Shore (Harris), on his assignment to debunk (or bunk) a claim of sainthood regarding a Chicago woman named Helen. The main case for sainthood? A young girl who prayed to the woman has been cured of lupus. Now the statue where that girl prayed is crying Helen's Type-A human blood. People are flocking from around the nation.
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