Assassinated By: Assassin hired by Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Cause of Death: Shot through the back of the neck

Once X-Men: First Class opens this June, British actor Michael Fassbender should ideally become a household name; if so, let's hope that late-comers revisit his hands-down best performance to date, his startlingly immersive turn in Steve McQueen's remarkable Hunger.

Now that he's one of the most in-demand actors in the game, Fassbender is no doubt the film's entry point for casual viewers, but he's not the only great thing about it. First-time director McQueen's flick, about the 1981 Irish hunger strike inside Northern Ireland's Maze prison, is tough to stomach at times, depicting the inmates' hellish routines with unflinching realism.

The film opens on Raymond Lohan (Stuart Graham), one of the prison's officers, a narrative choice that turns out to be cleverly manipulative. Around Hunger's midway point, Lohan, who seems like a major character, visits his catatonic mother in a retirement home; as he's trying to communicate with his vegetable mom, an assassin suddenly shoots a hole through Lohan's neck, splattering blood all over his mother, who doesn't even notice. Lucky her.