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Last updated January 19, 2021

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The Hunt for Red October

1990 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

When a Soviet nuclear sub headed toward American waters drops off U.S. scanners, the Yanks scramble to take defensive steps. But CIA analyst Jack Ryan convinces the brass that the sub's commander has something else in mind.
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Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

2010 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Tenente-Coronel Nascimento, a hardened vet of Rio de Janeiro's drug wars, is now head of a special police unit. With his new title comes new responsibilities and dangers, which the captain navigates with brashness and resolve.
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The Devil's Double

2011 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Dominic Cooper stars as Uday Hussein -- Saddam Hussein's depraved, decadent elder son -- and as Latif Yahia, the army lieutenant forcibly drafted to be his body double, in this drama based on Yahia's autobiographical novel.
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Not Without My Daughter

1991 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

In this fact-based thriller, Sally Field plays an American housewife who finds herself virtually trapped in Tehran when she accompanies her Iranian husband on a vacation to his native country -- and he decides to relocate the family to his homeland.
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Blood and Oil

2010 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

When Claire Unwin's husband is kidnapped while servicing an oil station in the Niger Delta, she is assured by his employers that his speedy release is just a formality. But instead, she arrives in Nigeria and comes face-to-face with his corpse.
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Blood and Oil

2010 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

When Claire Unwin's husband, Mark, is abducted while servicing a remote flowstation in the Niger Delta, she is assured by his employers that his speedy release is just a formality. But his well-armed captors are organized and sophisticated.
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The Whistleblower

2010 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Sent to Bosnia in the aftermath of civil war, an American policewoman uncovers evidence that U.N. peacekeepers are covering up sex trafficking. But when she brings her findings to light, she learns that her foes are more powerful than the law.
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No Way Out

1987 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

At a Washington, D.C., bash, Navy officer Tom begins a steamy liaison with Susan, later learning she's the mistress of the Secretary of Defense. When Susan ends up dead, Tom gets caught in a conspiratorial web that endangers national security.
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The Double

2011 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Retired CIA agent Paul Shepherdson joins young FBI agent Ben Geary to track down a Russian assassin who has seemingly returned after the Cold War. Old conspiracies quickly resurface, embroiling the pair deeper and deeper in peril.
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The Baader Meinhof Complex

2008 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

A radical terrorist group known as the Red Army Faction uses extreme violence to combat what they perceive as a new fascist threat in 1970s Germany. The group's savagery belies its revolutionary postwar intentions in this fast-paced fact-based drama.
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A Dark Truth

2012 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

To expose a bloody corporate cover-up, a former CIA agent now talk radio host (Andy Garcia) must rescue a desperate activist (Forest Whitaker) and his wife (Eva Longoria) who have escaped with proof of the crime.
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Mercury Rising

1998 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

An autistic 9-year-old boy (Miko Hughes, in an amazing performance) cracks the U.S. government's top-secret code when an unapproved test matrix gets published in a crossword magazine. Naturally, the National Security Agency can't allow anyone to have the key to the code, and unctuous villain Alec Baldwin is willing to end the boy's life to protect the nation. Can demoted FBI Agent Art Jeffries (Bruce Willis) save the day?
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Red Corner

1997 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

An American businessman finds himself charged with murder and thrown headlong into China's nightmarish legal system in this tense thriller that was filmed covertly in Beijing for a week without government approval.
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Atlas Shrugged: Part II

2012 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

The second installment of the Atlas Shrugged trilogy finds the world's economy in dire straits, prompting corporate protagonist Dagny Taggart to search for a solution amid the rubble of a long-abandoned factory.
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The State Within

2006 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Jason Isaacs stars in this Golden Globe-nominated political thriller as Mark Brydon, a British ambassador to the United States who finds himself caught up in a complex conspiracy that could prompt a dangerous shift in political power. After a plane explodes over Washington, D.C., under suspicious circumstances, Brydon must scramble to uncover the truth before war breaks out. Sharon Gless, Ben Daniels and Lennie James also star.
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The Sum of All Fears

2002 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Why are three missing Russian nuclear scientists holed up in the Ukraine, communicating with neo-Nazis? CIA agent Jack Ryan (Ben Affleck) digs up more information than the U.S. government is willing to accept. As bombs kill thousands in Chechnya and the U.S., Ryan races against time to prevent all-out nuclear war. Based on the novel by Tom Clancy, this high-intensity technothriller co-stars Morgan Freeman.
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Archangel

2005 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

After a visit from a bodyguard who claims to have stolen a personal notebook belonging to Joseph Stalin, radical historian Fluke Kelso digs deeper to prove its existence. But in the process, Kelso stumbles upon evidence that may alter Soviet history.
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Archangel

2005 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

After a visit from a Stalinist-era bodyguard who claims to have stolen a personal notebook belonging to Joseph Stalin, radical historian Fluke Kelso digs deeper to prove its existence in this made-for-TV thriller.
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Hoffa

1992 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Jack Nicholson stars as infamous Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa in this biopic that traces Hoffa's rise through labor's ranks to create the most powerful union in the country and posits a guess as to what happened to him when he vanished without a trace.
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Raajneeti

2010 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

When the American-educated scion of a powerful Indian family returns to the subcontinent to safeguard his family's political influence, his first taste of power starts him down the corrupt path. The man's insatiable ambition devastates his family.
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The State Within

2006 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Jason Isaacs stars in this Golden Globe-nominated political thriller as Mark Brydon, a British ambassador to the United States who finds himself caught up in a complex conspiracy that could prompt a dangerous shift in political power.
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The Boys from Brazil

1978 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

In this thriller based on Ira Levin's novel, young Nazi hunter Barry Kohler stumbles on the trail of the infamous "Angel of Death," Dr. Josef Mengele, who is planning to resurrect Hitler's vision in South America.
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Atlas Shrugged: Part 1

2011 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Ayn Rand's controversial bestseller is the basis for this potent drama about Dagny Taggart, a fiercely independent railroad tycoon determined to use innovative technology and enterprising partners to revive her business, no matter the personal cost.
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Game of Death

2010 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

When a diplomat narrowly misses assassination, a bodyguard rushes the politician to the hospital and prepares for the bad guys to come finish the job. But how long can one man and his new ally, an ordinary nurse, hold out against the coming siege?
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Balibo

2009 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Based on real events, this riveting drama tells the story of a foreign correspondent investigating the 1975 disappearance of five Australian journalists in the war-torn nation of East Timor.
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