Monday 28 Jul

Escape from Tomorrow

With Escape from Tomorrow, one fears the story behind the movie would loom larger than the movie itself. Luckily, that is not the case. After all, it opens with a decapitation on Disney World’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster.
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William Friedkin spends a lot of time in his 2013 memoir discussing why Sorcerer didn't click with critics and audiences even though he believes it to be better than his previous film, The Exorcist. Now that Warner Home Video has reissued Sorcerer on Blu-ray, we can see what Friedkin's fuss is all about.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broadchurch: The Complete First Season

Welcome to the coastal resort of Broadchurch, population … oh, who can keep track, what will all the corpses? Yes, Broadchurch is yet another British television procedural involving the search for a murderer in a quaint little town, just like the limited series The Fall and Top of the Lake.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Essentially part five in the ridiculously profitable horror franchise, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones continues the found-footage conceit of the other films. The difference is instead of the scares taking place in rich white suburbia, they do so in a junky apartment complex on a largely Latino side of Oxnard, Calif.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Holy Ghost People

Holy Ghost People examines two sisters whose bond is torn — but by what? After her sibling has been missing for more than a year, Charlotte (Emma Greenwell, TV's Shameless) intends to find out.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Thrills are muted but chilling in the espionage tale of ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.’


Phil Bacharach
For a guy named Smiley, the central character of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” doesn’t do a lot of smiling.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


Rod Lott
As not-so-boldly predicted, director David Fincher (“The Social Network”) delivers a superior remake of Sweden’s global hit “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” an adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s phenomenon of a novel.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Desire for community leads to the dark side of humanity in ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene,’ a chilling film by any name.


Kathryn Jenson White
Community ranks as key on the list of basic human needs. After water, food and shelter, our need to connect with others drives and defines us.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Skin I Live In

In ‘The Skin I Live In,’ Antonio Banderas is like Spain’s answer to Dr. Frankenstein. ¡Está vivo!


Rod Lott
As one character says to another in “The Skin I Live In,” “Don’t look at the surfaces.” He refers to the literal and physical, but writer/director Pedro Almodóvar may be instructing his audience in the figurative sense.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Debt

Near-excellent espionage lies at the core of ‘The Debt.’


Rod Lott
First with “Red” and now with “The Debt,” Helen Mirren has cornered the market on films with senior-citizen assassins. Whereas “Red” was goofy and spoofy, “The Debt” is stone-cold serious — the rare thriller that’s actually smart. Would you expect less from a director as literary-minded as “Shakespeare in Love”’s John Madden?
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Source Code

Can’t save the world in eight minutes? Try, try again, posits ‘Source Code,’ a mind-bender that keeps you guessing.


Doug Bentin
In order to enjoy “Source Code” to its fullest, stay alert — not always a necessity with thrillers. This time, if you snooze, you lose.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Adjustment Bureau

Underwhelming and lacking in energy


Rod Lott
I get the feeling "The Adjustment Bureau" was created by an improv group soliciting a mishmash of ideas from its audience: It's a thriller! And a romance! Plus science fiction! And it has hats with magical powers!
Friday, March 4, 2011

Let Me In

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Town

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

The American

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Green Zone

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Shutter Island

Thursday, February 25, 2010