Some movie characters steal your heart, while some steal … other stuff. Be they career criminals, clever conmen, innocents who were swept up in the game or desperate souls with no other choice, the characters in these 6 movies are worth your time.
Honest Thief – While Liam Neeson usually can be found chasing down assorted bad guys, in Honest Thief — now at the Box and streaming through Redbox On Demand — he plays the “In & Out Bandit,” a longtime Boston-area master thief who decides to change his ways after he falls for Annie (Kate Walsh), who works at the storage unit where all of his money is stashed. So he turns himself in … and let’s just say his attempt to stay on the straight and narrow doesn’t go quite as planned.
Baby Driver – Like your heists to be accompanied by a great soundtrack? Then you can’t do better than Ansel Elgort as a getaway driver suffering from tinnitus, who seems to choreograph his crew’s (Jon Hamm, Jon Bernthal, Jamie Foxx, Eiza González) escapes to whatever track he’s listening to in his ever-present headphones. It’s crazy, it’s violent, and it did so well at the box office that a sequel is on the way.
Kajillionaire – What would you do if you were born into a family of petty crooks? That’s the situation Evan Rachel Wood’s character, “Old Dolio,” finds herself in. Her parents (Debra Winger, Richard Jenkins) treat her more like a part of their gang and a necessary accessory to their schemes than as a daughter they actually love or care about. But things start to change when Melanie (Gina Rodriguez) comes into their lives and makes Old Dolio question everything.
Widows – In this twisty thriller from director Steve McQueen and Gone Girl author/screenwriter Gillian Flynn, a group of women (Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo) are left behind to complete a heist after their partners (including Liam Neeson, Jon Bernthal) mess it up so badly that they’re all killed. But corrupt Chicago politicians and mobsters (Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Robert Duvall) might be onto them — or involved themselves. It’s a game of cat and mouse until the very end.
Hell or High Water – Desperate men do desperate things. That’s the moral of this Best Picture nominee about two brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster, both fantastic) who rob banks in order to save their family farm. Pursued by two Texas Rangers (Gill Birmingham and Jeff Bridges, who earned an Oscar nomination for his performance), the brothers eventually come to an impasse about how to proceed once it’s clear they might not both make it out alive.
Focus – Will Smith and Margot Robbie star as sometimes-dueling, sometimes-partnering grifters in this 2015 crime dramedy. Smith’s character attempts to take Robbie’s under his wing to teach her everything he knows about the conman lifestyle, but he might be underestimating how much experience she’s already accumulated.