Writer-director Ramin Bahrani's "99 Homes" takes as its topic the 2008 home foreclosures. It begins boldly in the aftermath of a tragedy set in a middle-class Orlando home, an introduction that reveals the catastrophic stakes. Bahrani then particularizes the innumerable tragedies by focusing on Richard Carver who evicts one family after another, many played by non-actors who endured that fate.
Based on a true story, "The Iceman" plunges deep into the actions and reactions (or lack thereof) of psychopath Richard Kuklinski, a hitman and murderer for over three decades, killing well over 100 men. Co-writer/director Ariel Vromen wastes no time on unnecessary details of the crimes or reasons for most of the murders depicted.