Tag Archives: Thriller

Apostle

In turn-of-the-century Britain, Thomas Richardson (Dan Stevens) goes to a remote Welsh island to find his sister who’s been kidnapped by a religious cult. The Raid (2012) director Gareth Evans delivers a bloody yarn with supernatural overtones about a former missionary’s attempt to infiltrate a cult that’s worshipping a mysterious goddess. Intriguing at first, gory … Continue reading Apostle

Operation Finale

AFTER WORLD WAR II, THE MISSION FOR JUSTICE BEGAN.  In 1960, Israeli agents learn that one of the architects behind the Holocaust, Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley), is hiding in Buenos Aires; a mission is set up to capture him. This version of how Eichmann was finally brought to justice was inspired by Mossad agent Peter … Continue reading Operation Finale

Manchurian Candidate: Agent Solitaire

IF YOU COME IN FIVE MINUTES AFTER THIS PICTURE BEGINS, YOU WON’T KNOW WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT! WHEN YOU’VE SEEN IT ALL, YOU’LL SWEAR THERE’S NEVER BEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT! This movie ran into bad luck. Or was it really that bad? It’s been said sometimes that The Manchurian Candidate was pulled from distribution when … Continue reading Manchurian Candidate: Agent Solitaire

BlacKkKlansman: Joining Trump’s “Good People”

INFILTRATE HATE.  One year after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that ended with a murdered counter-protester, this film had its U.S. premiere. Taking place largely in the 1970s, Spike Lee’s most powerful movie in twenty years draws clear connections to present days, showing how the threat of racism simply won’t disappear. One of … Continue reading BlacKkKlansman: Joining Trump’s “Good People”

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

This sequel took nine years to make and once again Robert Rodriguez collaborated closely with Frank Miller to create a nightmarish comic-book visual style – but neither critics nor audiences seemed to care. Just as episodic as the original, with Miller contributing two fresh stories, but several of the old characters return. Josh Brolin replaces … Continue reading Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Sharp Objects

WELCOME HOME.  After the disappearance of two girls in her Missouri hometown, alcoholic reporter Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) reluctantly goes back home, but her overbearing mother (Patricia Clarkson) is not happy to see her… The director of Big Little Lies (2017) made another talked-about ”limited series” event for HBO that featured interesting female characters and … Continue reading Sharp Objects

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

EVERYONE READ IT. NOW YOU CAN LIVE IT.  New York Transit Authority cop Zachary Garber (Walter Matthau) gets a real challenge when four men take a subway train and its passengers hostage. This thriller came the same year as Matthau also played a cop in The Laughing Policeman, but this is more of a classic. … Continue reading The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

Red Sparrow

SEDUCTIVE. DECEPTIVE. DEADLY.  When a Russian ballerina (Jennifer Lawrence) breaks her leg during a performance, she’s recruited by her uncle (Matthias Schonaerts) to become a ”sparrow” – an undercover agent who uses her body to trap targets. The lauded novel was written by a former CIA agent with insight into Soviet intelligence, but this adaptation … Continue reading Red Sparrow