Category Archives: Thriller

REVIEW: Ozark – Season Four, Part One (2022)

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All seven episodes of Ozark: Season Four, Part One are available now on Netflix. Nowadays, fourteen years (or so) after the release of the iconic AMC crime thriller series Breaking Bad, there have been many shows and showrunners that have tried to ape its style or tone. But I think one of the better comparisons […]

REVIEW: Ozark – Season Four, Part One (2022)
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CRYO (2022)

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‘Once you wake up the nightmare begins’ Cryo is a 2022 science fiction horror film about a mysterious killer stalking scientists in a cryosleep facility. Directed by Barrett Burgin from a screenplay co-written with Mason D. Davis. Produced by Westin Cross and Matthew Siemers. Plot: In an underground facility, five scientists wake from cryosleep with […]

CRYO (2022) Preview of sci-fi horror movie

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Chernobyl (2019)

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Cast: Jared Harris as Valery Legasov Stellan Skarsgård as Boris Shcherbina Emily Watson as Ulana Khomyuk Paul Ritter as Anatoly Dyatlov Jessie Buckley as Lyudmilla Ignatenko Adam Nagaitis as Vasily Ignatenko Con O’Neill as Viktor Bryukhanov Adrian Rawlins as Nikolai Fomin Sam Troughton as Aleksandr Akimov Robert Emms as Leonid Toptunov David Dencik as Mikhail […]

Chernobyl (2019) TV Review
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Deep Water

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Deep Water is an erotic thriller that finally arrives on streaming via Prime in the UK (Hulu in the US) this Friday; there’s a number of reasons to anticipate this much delayed film, originally developed by Fox before they were taken over by Disney. The original novel Deep Water is one of the less heralded […]

Deep Water

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Review: Good Time

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Directed by: Josh & Benny Safdie Written by: Ronald Bronstein & Josh Safdie Starring: Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Buddy Duress, Taliah Lennice Webster, Barkhad Abdi Rating: [4/5] As Dom Toretto would tell you, nothing matters more than family and everything occurring in Good Time shows just how far one brother is willing to go for the other. […]

Review: Good Time

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Sundance 2022: 892

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A young Marine war veteran walks into a bank. Brian (John Boyega) is jittery but quiet, and polite. When it’s his turn, he informs teller Rosa (Selenis Leyva) of the situation they’re about to embark upon together. He’s holding her, and whoever else is in the bank, hostage. But he doesn’t want the bank’s money. […]

Sundance 2022: 892
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Lucy (2014) — Drugs power up a girl, gives her Morgan Freeman voiceover

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“We humans are more concerned with having than with being.” Justin’s rating: I only use 8% of my brain, mostly for dad jokes Justin’s review: Luc Besson isn’t the kind of director and writer that I associate with masterpieces. He’s the kind of guy I go to for a fun and flashy ride without necessarily […]

Lucy (2014) — Drugs power up a girl, gives her Morgan Freeman voiceover
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Escape from Pretoria (2020) Movie Review ‘Intense Moments’

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Escape from Pretoria – Intense at Times Director: Francis Annaa Writer: Francis Annan, L.H. Adams (Screenplay) Tim Jenkin (Book) Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Daniel Webber, Ian Hart, Mark Leonard Winter, Nathan Page, Grant Piro Plot: Based on the real-life prison break of two political captives, Escape From Pretoria is a race-against-time thriller set in the tumultuous […]

Escape from Pretoria (2020) Movie Review ‘Intense Moments’
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‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ (2022) Review: “Netflix Franchise Massacre”

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It’s impossible to recreate the magic of 1974’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Shot on a shoestring budget in Texas heat, pervasive rotten smells, and the like, many consider it to be the scariest film ever made, an assessment I agree with. As with any success, sequels followed. And remakes. And prequels. Prequels ignored sequels, sequels […]

‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ (2022) Review: “Netflix Franchise Massacre”
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Nightmare Alley (2021) – Movie Review

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Half gothic horror, half swanky noir, Nightmare Alley is a lot of cinema. It is written to fit together like clockwork, designed and shot to look like the best classics.

Nightmare Alley (2021) – Movie Review
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Shrew’s Nest (2014), A Violent Case of Agoraphobia in 1950s Spain

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It’s always irksome when filmmakers use sexual trauma as the basis for violence and bloodshed. Yes, sexual abuse (especially in children) is a particularly vicious cycle. In fact, childhood abuse makes it three times more likely that the victim will go on to victimize others as an adult. However, filmmakers often use this statistic to […]

Shrew’s Nest (2014), A Violent Case of Agoraphobia in 1950s Spain
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THE LONG WALK (2019)

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The Long Walk is a 2019 metaphysical science fantasy film about an old Laotian hermit who discovers the ghost of a road accident victim. Directed by US-born filmmaker Mattie Do (Chanthaly; Dearest Sister) from a screenplay written by Christopher Larsen. The movie stars Yannawoutthi Chanthalungsy, Vilouna Phetmany, Por Silatsa, Noutnapha Soydara, Chanthamone Inoudome and Vithaya […]

THE LONG WALK (2019) Reviews and overview

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The 355 Review

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I watched The 355 with mixed expectations. It has several glamorous actresses, so I knew that would be a plus. And I expected some decent suspense. But it turned out to be a poorly defined film lacking a solid storyline. The net result, to put it bluntly, is that The 355 is a disorganized mess, […]

The 355 Review
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The Night House (2021)

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The Night House (2021) deals with grief in a different way than other movies, but still has plenty of things that go bump in the night. Rebecca Hall stars as Beth, a woman dealing with the recent suicide death of her husband, and it has hit her hard. She can’t even pack up his stuff […]

The Night House (2021) has secrets
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VOD Review: Marionette

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Schrödinger’s Cat is a paradoxical thought experiment that involves a hypothetical cat in a box with a vile of poison, and asks if the cat is alive or dead. As the thought experiment goes, it’s both and neither. Either outcome remains possible until we open the box to […]

VOD Review: Marionette

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THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH

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Style is half the picture. Story is the other half. William Shakespeare’s 17th-century play, The Tragedie of Macbeth, might be one of the greatest stories ever penned. If not, it’s at least one of the most durable. The desire for power, the ruthlessness of rule, and the all-consuming descent into madness that comes with conspiracy and […]

THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH
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Nightmare Alley

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A swing and a miss this boring noir drama is brimming with quality visuals and A list talent. Bradley Cooper, Rooney Mara, and Cate Blanchett put the story through its paces and make it watchable to a point, but it is a hard watch.

Nightmare Alley

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Encounter

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There’s few things more annoying than the cinematic bait and switch; setting up the idea of one movie in the minds of an audience, then delivering something else. Sometimes it’s because film-makers or studios change their minds, or sometimes the product doesn’t fit the marketplace; delivering a trailer for Sweeney Todd that provided no hint…

Encounter

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Review: Nightmare Alley

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Nightmare Alley is Guillermo del Toro’s followup to his surprise Oscar winner The Shape of Water. It serves as both a remake of the 1947 film noir of the same name and a new adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s novel from a year earlier, with the beloved filmmaker delivering […]

Review: Nightmare Alley
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