Tonight at 8 we are showing “The Yards,” a drama starring Mark Wahlberg as a young man who gets out of jail for a crime he didn’t commit. He joins the family business without knowing that he’s entering a world of danger and deceit. It’s a compelling crime drama helmed by director James Gray, who was coming off the the success of his acclaimed debut “Little Odessa.” Gray has a knack for pulling great performances out of his actors, and “The Yards” is no different. It features James Caan, Charlize Theron, Ellen Burstyn, and Faye Dunaway along withJoaquin Phoenix, who kind of stole the movie. Phoenix has a habit of doing that, so we decided to make a list of some of our favorites.
Here are five Joaquin Phoenix roles we love:
1. Ethan Learner in “Reservation Road”
2. Commodus in “Gladiator”
3. Johnny Cash in “Walk the Line”
4. Jimmy Emmett in “To Die For”
5. Himself in “I’m Still Here”
“The Yards” airs on IFC tonight at 8/7 c