Tag Archives: Thriller

Playing God - * 1/2*

The laconic David Duchovny returns to feature films for the first time after starring in the hit TV show, The X-Files. However, he should have been a bit pickier in his choice of projects. Playing God is a standard crime … Continue reading

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Devil’s Advocate - * * *

Ya gotta love advertising campaigns. They sum up Devil’s Advocate so succinctly (an attorney goes to work for the Devil), that you might think the whole film was just a particularly apt jab at lawyers. But, rather than being what … Continue reading

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Kiss the Girls - * * 1/2*

James Patterson’s novel, Kiss the Girls, is the inspiration for the latest serial-killer-hunter movie. Gary Fleder directs this competent, but somewhat lacking adaptation. Alex Cross (Morgan Freeman) is a famous Washington D.C. forensic psychologist. Normally, he tries not to get … Continue reading

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The Edge - * * *

Several genres meet at The Edge. At it’s core, it’s a thriller, yet it also has elements of a buddy movie, a wilderness adventure, a monster movie and a character drama. Director Lee Tamahori stitches together all these disparate elements … Continue reading

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The Game - * * * 1/2*

The opening credits of The Game are simple, yet convey a lot about the movie itself. The titles fade in, only to be revealed as a jigsaw puzzle, which shatters apart, revealing yet another layer beneath. The film has a … Continue reading

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Conspiracy Theory - * * 1/2*

Jerry Fletcher (Mel Gibson) is totally insane. Not the half-insane, half-joking Mel Gibson of the Lethal Weapon series, but a completely raving paranoid schizophrenic. And he’s the hero! Welcome to Conspiracy Theory. Jerry is a New York City cab driver, … Continue reading

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Breakdown - * * *

Breakdown is a chilling thriller that starts well, but stumbles in its climax. Jeff and Amy Taylor (Kurt Russell and Kathleen Quinlan) are travelling cross country from Massachusetts to California, when their Jeep breaks down on a dusty western road. … Continue reading

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Murder at 1600 - * 1/2*

The third murder-and-conspiracy at the White House film to roll out of Hollywood this year is neither the best nor the worst, but is, nonetheless, a routine and predictable affair. Harlan Regis (Wesley Snipes) is a Washington D.C. homicide detective. … Continue reading

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Absolute Power - * * *

An abrupt ending mars a strong character-driven thriller in Absolute Power. Clint Eastwood directs and stars as Luther Whitney, a master thief on the brink of retirement. However, before he quits, he pulls one job he probably shouldn’t have. He … Continue reading

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Shadow Conspiracy - [No Tickets]

The Shadow Conspiracy is a truly pathetic thriller. Charlie Sheen stars as White House aide Bobby Bishop. When a nutty conspiracy group stumbles upon a “shadow government”, they are systematically eliminated by a mysterious gunman (Stephen Lang)…but not before their … Continue reading

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