As always this is my list of favorite recent -ish crime flicks I saw for the first time in 2017. They're not strictly 2017 releases.
I named one of my favorites in 2015) I was well-primed for the Belgian director's first straight-up crime film and English-language debut. This time the horror is less in your face, but no less horrifying, as Chadwick Boseman works his way from the basement to the penthouse of a sick little sexual exploitation ring in Los Angeles... hmmm.... maybe this one is the most 2017 movie of 2017. Nothing new or particularly inventive about this one, it's just some class- one Get Carter-type underworld revenge opera with all the important elements: men reduced to muscle and women their sexuality - trading on the only things of value they have, a bad man, a dead loved one, class warfare, pornography and sadism. It doesn't go full-dark. Jacob King is no Jack Carter - he's a hero-type - but goodness it's nice to get something in that vein that's thoroughly modern and not pastiche/homage. And Boseman wrapping a bicycle chain around his fist before fucking up some fuckers who deserve it is one of the most memorable images of the year.
a best of 2014 by this very blog), director Katz continues to demonstrate a deft touch with exposition, a knack for clearly defining character relationships and for maximizing the situational potential scene to scene. The cast is some excellent talent too - Robert Forster, Jackie Weaver, Molly Parker, Pat Healy, Michael Kinney, Daniela Sandiford, Macon Blair and the aforementioned Cole who really ought to get a nomination for his work here. Of course the film is an adaptation of the excellent novel by Dave Zeltserman, so don't forget to check that one out too.