Category Archives: Mystery

YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE (2017): New Trailer From Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alessandro Nivola…

You Were Never Really Here (2017), Joaquin Phoenix
You Were Never Really Here (2017), Joaquin Phoenix

In You Were Never Really Here, Joaquin Phoenix plays a war veteran whose attempt to save a young girl from a sex trafficking ring goes horribly wrong. Directed by Lynne Ramsay; Alessandro Nivola and Ekaterina Samsonov also star.

The sound / music in the first 45 seconds was quite challenging for my delicate ears; nevertheless, I’m interested in this movie. Phoenix is great and the film’s mood reminds me of one of my favourite Tom Hardy movies, Locke (2013)Also, the film’s synopsis kind of reminds me of The Equalizer (2014) – except things probably didn’t go quite as terribly for Denzel Washington’s character.

You Were Never Really Here Release Dates:

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SHIMMER LAKE (2017): New Trailer From Rainn Wilson, Wyatt Russell, Adam Pally, Benjamin Walker…

Shimmer Lake (2017), Rainn Wilson
Shimmer Lake (2017), Rainn Wilson

Wyatt Russell, Rainn Wilson, Adam Pally and  Benjamin Walker are the stars of Shimmer Lake, an Oren Uziel directed crime / drama / mystery told backwards – reversing day by day through a week. The story follows a local sheriff’s quest to unlock the mystery of three small town criminals and a botched bank heist…

I’m so ready for that good kooky humour. The scream at 1:02 is perhaps as satisfying and well timed as the one at 1:02 in the Absolutely Fabulous (2016) trailer. I love me some good comic timing. Also, it looks like Adam Pally may be an a serious role; interesting.

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THE DISCOVERY (2017): The Thing I Liked…

The Discovery (2017), Rooney Mara
The Discovery (2017), Rooney Mara

As you may have heard and read by now, the latest film from Robert Redford, Jason Segel and Rooney Mara, The Discovery has a rather memorable first five minutes – and it’s true.

Written and directed by Justin Lader and Charlie McDowell respectively; the team who brought us the rather good The One I Love (2014); The Discovery is a drama / mystery set two years after it’s scientifically proven that there is indeed an afterlife. 

In addition to the opening scene, I did enjoy some of the discussion about what happens in the afterlife – particularly the exploration of whether it’s actually real. There are also one or two more unexpected things that take place later on in the movie that had me surprised, in a good way. Nevertheless, I feel as though had it not been for the good opening scene, there would be much less to say about The Discovery. Reason being most of the film is more ‘OK-ish’ than great. Sure, tune in for the first five minutes and if you’re curious enough, continue on.

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BUSTER’S MAL HEART (2016): New Trailer From Rami Malek, DJ Qualls, Kate Lyn Sheil…

Buster's Mal Heart (2016), Rami Malek
Buster’s Mal Heart (2016), Rami Malek

In Buster’s Mal Heart, the Sarah Adina Smith written and directed movie starring Rami Malek, Malek plays a family man whose chance encounter with a conspiracy-obsessed drifter leads to him being on the run from the police and something called The Inversion…

I’ve never watched Mr Robot, the hit series that Malek is best known for, but my goodness Malek’s face is arresting, right? Or is the word intense? I’ll watch this movie because of the hints of dark humour and the seemingly very peculiar story.

Buster’s Mal Heart Release Dates: April 28th, 2017 (US)…

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VOICE FROM THE STONE (2017): New Trailer Starring Emilia Clarke, Marton Csokas, Caterina Murino…

Voice In The Stone (2017), Emilia Clarke
Voice In The Stone (2017), Emilia Clarke

In Voice From The Stone, Emilia Clarke plays a solemn nurse whose task it is to aid a young boy who hasn’t spoken since his mother passed suddenly. Also starring Marton Csokas and Caterina Murino, this Eric D. Howell directed thriller is set in 1950s Tuscany…

 

If I were in the mood to be completely ridiculous, I’d say that Emilia Clarke has been ‘typecast’ because this is the second film where she’s been ‘brought in to help an unwell young man recover’. The first film of course being 2016’s romantic movie, Me Before You. The real truth is, I’m far too wise and therefore know only too well that twice does not a typecast actor make.

Watching Voice From The Stone shouldn’t be difficult for me because it’s not exactly a horror film. Also, I love Italy and I’m far too young to know what Tuscany was like in the 1950s but I want to know, so…

Voice From The Stone Release Dates: April 28th, 2017 (US)…

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ATOMIC BLONDE (2017): New Trailer Starring Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Sofia Boutella…

Atomic Blonde (2017), Charlize Theron, James McAvoy
Atomic Blonde (2017), Charlize Theron, James McAvoy

Starring Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Sofia Boutella and directed by David Leitch, Atomic Blonde is all about an undercover MI6 agent who is sent to Berlin during the Cold War. The mission is to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents…

I like how the plot for this movie reads. It somehow brings to mind ideas of a female James Bond character. How exciting! As a big ‘Lady Theron’ fan, I very much look forward to watching her administer a tonne of serious ass-kicking. Ass kicking so good that this trailer already has me desperate to place Atomic Blonde next to Casino Royale (2006) in my list of  favourite action thrillers. Well done, trailer maker!

Atomic Blonde Release Dates: July 28th, 2017 (US), August 11th, 2017 (UK)…

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THE DINNER (2017): New Trailer From Rebecca Hall, Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan…

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The Dinner (2017), Laura Linney, Steve Coogan 

Based on a novel by Herman Koch, The Dinner which stars Rebecca Hall, Richard Gere, Laura Linney and Steve Coogan is a mystery/ thriller about how far parents will go to protect their children when they do something unspeakable…

Directed by Oren Moverman and also starring Chloë Sevigny, I trust that this will be good. The main draw besides the interesting premise is Laura Linney. The lady always impresses. Always!

The Dinner Release Dates: May 5th, 2017 (US)…

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WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS (2016): The Thing I Liked…

When The Bough Breaks (2016), Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall
When The Bough Breaks (2016), Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall

Starring Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Romany Malco, Theo Rossi, Michael Kenneth Williams and Jaz Sinclair; the Jon Cassar directed When The Bough Breaks is a movie that had some promise. This particular story of a surrogate mother becoming dangerously obsessed with the biological father isn’t quite the best of this genre. 

The film had me doubting things quite early on, especially when I noticed the overly dramatic sounding music used to make Theo Rossi’s character seem more menacing and dangerous. All it did for me was point out what was lacking in the film – script and acting-wise.

The best performances in the movie came from Hall, Chestnut, Malco and Michael Kenneth Williams. In the end, none of it really proved enough to make When The Bough Breaks particularly noteworthy. I actually ended up enjoying some of the cinematography more than I did the story and characters. That lake house especially. I’d love to go there!

This movie is one you watch if you really must. Otherwise it’s likely that only those relatively new to movies / films of this genre or big fans of at least one of the stars involved will likely rate it more highly. If you think I’m wrong, do share your thoughts in the comments below.

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