"Heart Beat" (1980), directed by John Byrum. 109 minutes. Rated R. This character study of Beat Generation legends Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady and the woman they both loved is an enjoyable piece of nostalgia; a kind of '50s version of "Easy Rider." It stars Nick Nolte, John Heard and Sissy Spacek.
"The Killing" (1956), directed by Stanley Kubrick. 83 minutes. No rating. A band of very serious thugs plan the biggest score of their careers. An urgent, no-nonsense, unrelenting film by the man who went on to direct "Dr. Strangelove," "2001" and "A Clockwork Orange."
"Cutter's Way" (1981), directed by Ivan Passer. 109 minutes. Rated R. The story of a crippled veteran, his best friend and their efforts to solve a murder, this is also one of the best introspective character studies to come along in years, a welcomed island of reality in Hollywood's sea of fantasy.