Tag Archives: Thriller

Nightwatch - * 1/2*

After sitting on the shelf for nearly two years, Ole Bornedal’s remake of his Danish film, Nattevagten, finally hits the screens. It’s too bad it wasn’t worth waiting for… Martin Bells (Ewan McGregor) is a struggling law student who finds … Continue reading

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Wild Things - * *

Wild Things is a movie that prides itself on its deviations, both from sexual norms as well as a plot as we know it. This thriller is overflowing with sex, violence, twisting relationships, and double-crosses to the point that it … Continue reading

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Twilight - * * *

Robert Benton has assembled a stellar, mature cast for his latest feature, Twilight, a film noir mystery set amid the fading stars of Hollywood. Paul Newman stars as retired detective Harry Ross. Harry has spent the last couple of years … Continue reading

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Hush - * 1/2*

One of the 90s’ most unwelcome thriller trends returns from the grave: it’s the “___ from Hell” movie! Starting in the early nineties, we were subjected to nearly every conceivable combination of relationships-from-Hell! There were Boyfriends from Hell, Friendly Neighborhood … Continue reading

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Deceiver - *

Deceiver is a plot twist in search of a movie. This overly constructed film succeeds in having many surprises, and, being true to its title, being deceptive. But there is little in the film that is worthy of deceit. Braxton … Continue reading

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Desperate Measures - * * 1/2*

To save a loved one, how great a cost would you be willing to pay? Would you be willing to break the law? If so, which ones, and how many times? Is that one life worth the lives of others? … Continue reading

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Fallen - * *

How’s this for a plot: cop stalks supernatural body-swapping entity. No, it’s not a remake of The First Power, but it is Fallen, an mostly unsuccessful thriller whose good cast can’t overcome a bad script. Detective John Hobbes (Denzel Washington) … Continue reading

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Switchback - * 1/2*

SwitchBack is yet another “hunt the serial killer” film. It tries to apply a twist to the rapidly tiring genre, by mixing the traditional elements with a cross country road movie (something which was done with much greater success in … Continue reading

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Red Corner - * *

Richard Gere’s views about China are well know. That is why when you see him starring in a film about China, such as Red Corner, you know it’s not likely to paint a flattering view. However, he could have made … Continue reading

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Gattaca - * * *

Gattaca is the rather unusual title for a fairly good science fiction drama. No, its not a prison riot film…rather, its title is a play on the building blocks of DNA (and also the name of a company in the … Continue reading

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