The Grifters

Everyone’s working an angle.

Boasting a truly black heart, this slam-bang neo-noir is brutally efficient, tracking the tangled webs woven by a group of con artists.

John Cusack, not that far removed from being the star of teen comedies, is the closest thing we have to a good guy, and he’s a fast-talking sharpie with his hand always in someone else’s pocket.

Problem is, he’s not as good at the game as the women in his life, and both mom (Angelica Huston) and girlfriend (Annette Bening) have no qualms about gutting him, body and soul.

This one leaves a mark.