Infernal Affairs

The Departed
Little surprise that this morning's Academy Award nominations included The Departed, Martin Scorsese's violent crime thriller about the Irish mafia. The movie picked up five noms, including one for Best Picture. This week, the Cleveland Cinematheque is showing Infernal Affairs, the 2002 Hong Kong movie that inspired The Departed (in fact, Scorsese's pic was originally called Infernal Affairs). The plot's pretty much the same: An undercover cop infiltrates the mob, while a gangster works his way into the police department. It's almost as great as The Departed, but without the butt-numbing two-and-a-half-hour running time (it clocks in at an economical 101 minutes). Infernal Affairs screens at 9:30 p.m. Thursday and at 7:15 p.m. Saturday. --Michael Gallucci
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