Gravitas Gets N.A. Rights to Crime Thriller ‘Penitentia,’ Due on VOD June 18

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to the crime drama/thriller Penitentia, due on VOD June 18.

Written and directed by Chris Lawing, the film stars Glenn Stanton, Rusty Schwimmer, Chris Bylsma, Kate Flanagan, Nigel Vonas and Natasha Coppola-Shalom.

In Penitentia, a prestigious job lulls Ale Villacano into the good life, until a pro bono case reawakens his instincts for justice. Caught between his criminal past and his promising future, Ale must decide what kind of lawyer he is really meant to be.

“Authenticity is the driving force of my stories. The characters are not larger than life; they are cut from the cloth of the fabric of the world around them,” writer-director Chris Lawing said in a statement. “Penitentia is a timely story about a young man impacted by injustice and given the choice to dedicate himself to fight for the rights of others or protect the good life he has built for himself.”

Penitentia screened at and won the Audience Award for Kansas Film at the Tallgrass Film Festival. It will play at the LightReel Film Fest in early June and was screened at the North Hollywood Cinefest and the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase.

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“After discovering Penitentia at the Tallgrass Film Festival last October, Gravitas is excited to bring this tense and thrilling drama to audiences throughout North America. Director Chris Lawing brings out astounding performances from his cast and elevates the concept of courtroom drama,” Bill Guentzler, SVP of acquisitions and operations at Gravitas, said in a statement.

Crime Thriller ‘Dead Wrong’ Due Digitally and on Blu-ray and May 21 From Mill Creek

The crime thriller Dead Wrong will be released on Blu-ray Disc and through digital retailers May 21 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

In the film, a narcissistic husband is not satisfied with his life and wants more. He devises a psychotic, get-rich-quick scheme with his new, gambling-addicted attorney that ignites an emotional and deadly chain reaction.

Directed by Rick Bieber, the film stars Derek Smith, Katrina Bowden, Rob Schneider, Chelsea Debo, Cress Williams, Blake Shields, Rosalie Ward, Joshua Bitton and Chet Hanks.

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The trailer can be viewed here.

Thriller ‘Deadly Justice’ Due Via On Demand April 16 From Level 33

Level 33 Entertainment will release the thriller Deadly Justice via on demand April 16.

The film follows Holly Powell (Kelly Sullivan), a successful prosecutor who put away a prominent but corrupt Judge. After appearing on a true crime show to discuss the case, Holly’s life and business are turned upside down by a murderous stalker who is convinced that Judge Halstead is an innocent man and becomes hellbent on putting Holly away for good.

The film also stars Brian Krause, Corin Nemec, Christiana Leucas, Jason London and Marco St. John.


Crime Thriller ‘Finestkind’ Available for Digital Purchase March 26, on DVD April 9

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the crime thriller Finestkind for digital purchase March 26.

It will be available on DVD April 9.

The film previously debuted on Paramount+ Dec. 15 following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Written and directed by Academy Award-winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River), Finestkind stars Ben Foster (Hell or High Water), Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men), Jenna Ortega (Scream), and Toby Wallace (Babyteeth). 

Set in New Bedford, Mass., America’s biggest commercial fishing port, the film tells the story of two brothers (Foster, Wallace) from opposite sides of the tracks, who are reunited as adults over one fateful summer. When desperate circumstances force them to strike a deal with a dangerous Boston crime syndicate, a young woman (Ortega) finds herself caught in the middle. Along the way, sacrifices must be made, and bonds between brothers, friends, and a father (Jones) and his son are put to the test.

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Imperial’s 1997 Ice-T Crime Thriller ‘Mean Guns’ Available on DVD From MVD

The Imperial 1997 crime thriller Mean Guns, starring Ice-T and Christopher Lambert, is available as part of the MVD Rewind collection from MVD Entertainment Group.

In the film, the world’s most dangerous criminals are summoned to a new prison on the eve before its grand opening by Moon (Ice-T, New Jack City), the ruthless leader of the world’s most powerful crime syndicate. Chaos ensues when weapons and ammunition are passed around and the group, including Lou (Christopher Lambert, Highlander) begin their fight to survive. The last three men standing by midnight have been promised $10,000,000 in cash by Moon, who watches from his surveillance camera as gunfire and bodies fly. Rivalries develop between friends and the lines of loyalty are crossed as each criminal attempts to outwit, outrun and outlive the other in the action packed game of elimination.

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The film also stars Deborah Van Valkenburgh (Streets of Fire), Thom Mathews (The Return of the Living Dead) and Yuji Okumoto (“Cobra Kai”).

Crime Thriller ‘Your Lucky Day’ Due on Digital and Blu-ray Disc Jan. 23 From Well Go

The crime thriller Your Lucky Day will debut on digital and Blu-ray Disc Jan. 23 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

In the film, after a dispute over a winning lottery ticket turns into a deadly hostage situation, the witnesses must decide exactly how far they’ll go — and how much blood they’re willing to spill — for a cut of the $156 million.

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Written and directed by Daniel Brown (based on his 2010 short film), Your Lucky Day stars Angus Cloud (“Euphoria”), Jessica Garza (The Purge), Elliot Knight (Color Out of Space) and Sterling Beaumon (“The Killing”)​, Jason O’Mara (“The Man in the High Castle”), Jason Wiles (Sunny Daze, “Third Watch”) and Spencer Garrett (“Dopesick”)​. 


Gravitas Ventures Acquires Rights to Thriller ‘DarkGame’

Gravitas Ventures has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to distribute thriller DarkGame. It will be released on VOD in February 2024.

Directed by Howard J. Ford, the thriller stars Ed Westwick, Andrew P. Stephen, Natalya Tsvetkova, Lola Wayne, Rose Reynolds and Rory Alexander.

In the film, the Portland police are horrified to discover victims are being kidnapped in their city and forced to play games to survive in a sick version of a reality game show, broadcast on the dark web. If players lose, they die. Matters escalate once the story breaks, as the dark web show is shared across social media, raising the stakes and the number of viewers, and bringing the public’s eye on every action the police take. Troubled detective Ben Jacobs and his cybercrimes team are in a race against time to save the captives, as underworld criminals outbid each other to choose the manner of each elimination.

While the world watches with a kind of morbid mixture of revulsion and social media frenzy, the captives must face daily challenges to survive, knowing one of them must lose each round, and hoping to survive long enough for someone on the outside to save them.

“I cannot wait to share DarkGame with the world — it’s deliciously twisted and macabre but also a gripping detective story with moments that are literally gobsmacking,” director Ford said in a statement. “I’m super excited about the upcoming release with Gravitas in North America –  hold onto your seats folks. Nails will be bitten and many won’t make it out alive.”

“We are so excited to be working with Gravitas as our North American distributor, they know this genre intimately,” producer Tom George said in a statement. “DarkGame is an intense and gripping thriller, and Ed is just brilliant as our haunted detective who is driven by his own demons, and in this story he’s up against a master villain that audiences might just love to hate.”

“The crime-thriller genre is possibly my most favorite,” star Ed Westwick said in a statement. “As a kid, I’d watch this stuff and be engrossed. Now I get to play in this world. It’s the character I’ve been waiting to play. Tom and I have an ease of working together and Howard’s positivity and kindness really gave me comfort. This was the environment you need as an actor to create and play.”

“Gravitas couldn’t be more thrilled to be the North American distributor for DarkGame,” Danielle Gasher, Gravitas Ventures’ VP of acquisitions and international sales, said in a statement. “The film is an absolute edge-of-your-seat thriller about a twisted game of cat and mouse.”

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DarkGame was produced by Happy Hour Productions, in association with Principal Film Finance and JCG Bits Productions, and Executive Produced by Westwick, Polina Nioly and Joseph Crepaldi.

Jamie Lee Curtis Crime Drama ‘Blue Steel’ Debuts on Blu-ray Nov. 14

The Jamie Lee Curtis crime drama Blue Steel arrives Nov. 14 for the first time on Blu-ray (plus digital) from Lionsgate.

The classic ’90s thriller — written and directed by Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, Point Break) — stars Curtis as newly minted NYPD officer Megan Turner, who responds to a grocery store robbery — and kills the perpetrator — her first day on the job. But Megan’s uncorroborated story of the shooting gets her suspended from active duty when the stickup gun mysteriously vanishes. Enter a charming-but-disturbed commodities trader (Ron Silver), whose obsession with Megan threatens to destroy everything she holds dear, pushing her into a desperate fight to salvage her reputation — and save her own life.

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The release features updated artwork and new special features, including:

  • •Audio Commentary with film historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
  • “A Hired Gun” with editor Lee Percy
  • “The Phallic Woman: Deconstructing Blue Steel” with film historian professor Jennifer Moorman
  • “Staring Down the Barrel” with production designer Toby Corbett
  • “A Profound Emotional Response – A Video Essay by Film Historian Chris O’Neill”
  • Theatrical trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Vintage promo
  • Still gallery 

Crime Thriller ‘Righteous Thieves’ Due on Blu-ray Oct. 17 From Distribution Solutions

Distribution Solutions will release the crime thriller adventure Righteous Thieves, starring Cam Gigandet, on Blu-ray (plus DVD) on Oct. 17.

In the film directed by Anthony Nardolillo, the head of a secret organization assembles a crew to steal back artwork plundered by Nazis during World War II.

In addition to Gigandet, the film also stars Lisa Vidal, Jaina Lee Ortiz and Carlos Miranda.

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‘True Detective: Night Country’ With Jodie Foster Due on Max Jan. 14

The six-episode HBO original drama series “True Detective: Night Country,” starring Academy Award-winner Jodie Foster, will be available to stream on Max Jan. 14.

In the series, when the long winter night falls in Ennis, Alaska, the eight men who operate the Tsalal Arctic Research Station vanish without a trace. To solve the case, Detectives Liz Danvers (Foster) and Evangeline Navarro (Kali Reis) will have to confront the darkness they carry in themselves, and dig into the haunted truths that lie buried under the eternal ice.
The series also stars Finn Bennett and Fiona Shaw, with Christopher Eccleston, Isabella Star LaBlanc and John Hawkes. Guest stars include Anna Lambe, Aka Niviâna, June Thiele, Diane Benson and Joel D. Montgrand.

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Issa López serves as showrunner, writer and director of all episodes. Casey Bloys, chairman and CEO of HBO and Max Content, debuted the second teaser at the Code Conference Sept. 27.