Tag Archives: Thriller

Murder on the Orient Express

EVERYONE IS A SUSPECT.  In 1934, famous detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) finds himself on the Orient Express where a notorious businessman (Johnny Depp) is murdered. Another star-studded version of Agatha Christie’s most famous mystery is similar to the slightly superior 1974 movie and has no new twists to offer. Which is probably a good … Continue reading Murder on the Orient Express

Shape of Water: How I Fell in Love With a Monster

A FAIRY TALE FOR TROUBLED TIMES. In 1954, a boy called Guillermo del Toro went to the movies and saw what is now a classic monster movie, Creature From the Black Lagoon. He loved the movie, not just for its thrills but also because he found the leading lady, Julie Adams, beautiful. When he saw … Continue reading Shape of Water: How I Fell in Love With a Monster

The Foreigner

NEVER PUSH A GOOD MAN TOO FAR.  When his daughter is killed in a bombing that a rogue part of the IRA takes responsibility for, Ngoc Minh Quan (Jackie Chan) goes after the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland (Pierce Brosnan) to learn who the terrorists are. Former Bond director Martin Campbell reunites with Brosnan … Continue reading The Foreigner

In the House

THERE’S ALWAYS A WAY IN.  French teacher Germain Germain (Fabrice Luchini) becomes fascinated with a story written by one of his 16-year-old students, Claude (Ernst Umhauer), that has him essentially spying on the family of a classmate. It’s easy to find yourself in the position of Luchini’s teacher, drawn into a boy’s voyeuristic fantasies detailed … Continue reading In the House

The Killers: Chasing the Swede

ONE MOMENT WITH HER… AND HE GAMBLED HIS LUCK… LOVE… AND HIS LIFE! In the 1920s, Ernest Hemingway spent some time in Chicago. This was the time and place when the boxer Andre Anderson met his destiny. He was shot to death by the Chicago mob in 1926, likely for refusing bribes. Hemingway was reportedly … Continue reading The Killers: Chasing the Swede

The Most Dangerous Game

After a shipwreck, big-game hunter Robert Rainsford (Joel McCrea) is washed ashore on a mysterious island where he’s introduced to a count (Leslie Banks) who’s a fellow hunter… and has found a new, intriguing prey. The first adaptation of a short story that was so sensational it came to inspire countless other movies and episodes … Continue reading The Most Dangerous Game

The Snowman

SOON THE FIRST SNOW WILL COME, AND THEN HE WILL KILL AGAIN.  Alcoholic Oslo cop Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) is investigating several disappearances and grisly murders of women; all the crime scenes have a snowman in common… Tomas Alfredson tries to do for Norway what David Fincher did for Sweden with The Girl With the Dragon … Continue reading The Snowman

The Client

A DISTRICT ATTORNEY OUT FOR A CONVICTION. A NEW LAWYER OUT OF HER LEAGUE. A YOUNG BOY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH.  After witnessing a mob attorney’s suicide, and learning his secrets, 11-year-old Mark (Brad Renfro) finds himself in danger; attorney Reggie Love (Susan Sarandon) tries to protect him from the mob and the authorities. Joel … Continue reading The Client

Child 44

HOW DO YOU FIND A KILLER WHO DOESN’T EXIST? Moscow, 1953; as state security agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy) realizes that a man killing children is on the loose, he and his wife (Noomi Rapace) find themselves exiled… The novel, which combined an Andrei Chikatilo-inspired serial killer story with a portrait of people who are … Continue reading Child 44