Tag: Thriller

The Mean Season

The Mean Season

| June 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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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Open Windows

Open Windows

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

I didn’t know what to expect from this one.  I’ve been intrigued by Sasha Grey’s (The Girlfriend Experience) mainstream career since she made that really interesting horror film a couple of years ago called Would You Rather? which I also reviewed for this site.  Elijah Wood tends to do the same thing dependably from project […]

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Abstraction

Abstraction

| January 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

I really only need one word to review this movie:  amateur.  But, since I’m required to write at least 400 words, I’ll go into a bit more detail. Everything about Abstraction feels like it was thrown together by a group of community college dropouts.  The acting, writing, directing, camera work, editing, characterization, structure, etc all […]

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Big Driver

Big Driver

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Big Driver I’m a huge fan of Maria Bello, who consistently turns out great, inventive performances with a lot of depth and emotional resonance.  Here, she plays Tess, a mystery novelist famous for a series of books about a group of elderly women who solve murders.  She has some fame, fortune, and generally lives a […]

Cold in July

Cold in July

| September 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

A couple of years ago, there was a series of movies that came out that tried to blend genre in interesting ways and the end result was a chaotic mess.  Watching the trailers, I couldn’t figure out what the movie was trying to be or who it was trying to appeal to.  Cold in July […]

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