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The Counselor

The Counselor (2013)

After the success of No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy got directly in the writer's seat for his first original script. Directed by Ridley Scott, The Counselor follows its eponymous hero (Michael Fassbender) as he and his wife (Penélope Cruz) do business with ridiculously good-looking cartel affiliates including Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz and Javier Bardem, whose hairline and orange timbre brings to mind a crime lord version of Nic Cage. Despite the blinding star power, The Counselor couldn't live up to its critical or commercial expectations.

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