Tag: Thriller

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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Child 44

Child 44

| August 4, 2015

It seems that just about anything Tom Hardy pops up in these days works for me.  He can do no wrong.  Just in the last couple of years he’s made a wonderfully theatrical drama with Locke, and the awesome Mad Max: Fury Road.  It shouldn’t surprise me that his choice to do a political thriller […]

Dark by Noon

Dark by Noon

| July 16, 2015

If there’s a type of movie that I have a particular affinity for, it’s time travel movies.  There’s something about that genre of sci-fi that is fascinating to me, and has been since I was a kid watching the Back to the Future trilogy.  I like thinking about what’s possible when a time machine is […]

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Criminal Law

Criminal Law

| July 10, 2015

Like a lot of the movies I get to review for Olive Films, I’d never heard of Criminal Law, a 1989 courtroom drama starring Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and Kevin Bacon (Apollo 13).  Also like many of the films I’ve seen through Olive, I’m really happy I […]

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The Mean Season

The Mean Season

| June 21, 2015

When John Katzenbach left the field of journalism to write novels, it only made sense that his first would tell the story of a reporter. The result of his first foray into novel publication was In the Heat of the Summer, published in 1982. In 1985, the novel was adapted to the screen with the […]

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Beyond the Reach

Beyond the Reach

| June 11, 2015

Eccentric millionaire Mr. Madec (Michael Douglas; Ant-Man) has been hunting all his life and has collected a number of impressive trophies, from elephant tusks to rhino horns.  Even for a man with his enormous resources, it has been impossible for him to get a license to hunt his latest trophy, which I gather is some […]

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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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Cut Bank

Cut Bank

| May 25, 2015

I didn’t have super high hopes for this one, but my expectations were given a bit of a bump when the artwork for Cut Bank compares the film to two different Coen Brothers films (Blood Simple, Fargo).  That’s an impressively high bar to set for your film and it worked in getting my expectations off […]

Night Game

Night Game

| March 28, 2015

Two things drew me to Peter Masterson’s Night Game (1989): 1) Roy Scheider, and 2) the promise of some sort of hook-handed baseball-themed serial killer hacking his way through attendees of a Houston Astros game. Though I received only the former of the two, the film is by no means a disappointment, proving itself an […]

Son of a Gun

Son of a Gun

| March 14, 2015

JR (Brenton Thwaites) is spending six months in a maximum security prison.  Once inside, after impressing one of the more respected inmates, Brendan (Ewan McGregor), JR is cared for and protected from harm.  In exchange, upon his release, JR agrees to work for Brendan and his boss Sam (Jacek Koman).  Once JR plays his part […]

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