Tag: Mystery

Correspondence

Correspondence

| July 6, 2017

After a 6 year relationship with her former astrophysics professor (Jeremy Irons; Die Hard With a Vengeance), Amy (Olga Kurylenko) discovers that he has passed away after a short fight with brain cancer.  While she’s devastated by the loss, she finds herself drawn into a mysterious investigation as she continues to receive messages and gifts from […]

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The Disappointments Room

The Disappointments Room

| December 26, 2016

The creators of this film must have been absolutely fearless of bad reviews when the decided to put the word disappointment right in the title.  The bad reviews really write themselves at that point.  On Twitter, after watching the film, I sent out something along the lines of “it turns out the real disappointments room […]

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2016 Tribeca Film Festival presents Mother (Ema)

2016 Tribeca Film Festival presents Mother (Ema)

| April 14, 2016

Mother (Ema) by Kadri Kõusaar is a darkly comic, crime mystery set in small-town Estonia, and it centers on Elsa, the full time caretaker of her comatose son, Lauri, and the locals, who are abuzz with rumors about who shot Lauri and why. But in this tight-knit town, where everyone seems to know everyone and everything […]

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Mr. Holmes

Mr. Holmes

| November 3, 2015

I realize we’ve been getting a bit over-saturated with Sherlock Holmes stories over the past few years.  Between Steven Moffat’s (Doctor Who) brilliant BBC series, the Guy Ritchie movies starring Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), the American CBS series, and now this film, the super sleuth is everywhere.  What gets me interested in a given […]

Dark Places

Dark Places

| October 10, 2015

Gone Girl was one of my favorite films from last year.  It was a really cool and thrilling murder mystery that offered a rarely amazing performance from Ben Affleck and put Rosamund Pike on my radar forever.  Pike gave one of the best performances I’ve ever seen captured on film, and I’ve gone out of […]

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The Returned: Season 1

The Returned: Season 1

| September 13, 2015

I wasn’t looking forward to watching The Returned once I realized it was a TV series and not a movie.  Turns out I was confusing this series with another that aired last year called Resurrection on ABC.  It also turns out that I’m not alone, and the failure of Resurrection made it impossible for The […]

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Drawn in Blood

Drawn in Blood

| May 26, 2015

After the suspected suicide of her brother, Marion (Anna Fin) must travel to his apartment in Germany to get his body and put his affairs in order.  She soon finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery as she comes to believe that her brother did not kill himself.  What follows is a pretty […]

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Broadchurch: The Compete Second Season

Broadchurch: The Compete Second Season

| May 12, 2015

When I wrote in my review of Chris Chibnall’s ITV series Broadchurch’s first season that it left me wishing I had had more of this mystery to marathon right there and then, I don’t quite think I was hoping for the sort of experience that the series’ second season would provide. I don’t mean this […]

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Nightcap (Merci Pour Le Chocolat)

Nightcap (Merci Pour Le Chocolat)

| September 29, 2014

Nightcap (Merci Pour Le Chocolat, 2000) opens on the wedding of Marie-Claire (Isabelle Huppert) and André (Jacques Dutronc), long since divorced but settling down with one another once more. Then we’re off to the somber reception that follows, at which the couple’s fork-tongued guests talk venomously about them behind their backs. Such a scene provides […]

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The Color of Lies

The Color of Lies

| May 20, 2014

I remember noting some months ago while looking back fondly on Claude Chabrol’s This Man Must Die (Que la bête meure, 1969) that there was a troubling lack of Chabrol films available on Blu-ray in North America. An integral figure in the cinema of the French New Wave, Chabrol’s minimalistic mysteries owe worlds to the […]

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