Category Archives: Mystery

FANTASY ISLAND (2020): New Trailer From lucy Hale, Maggie Q, Michael Peña, Portia Doubleday…

Fantasy Island (2020), Lucy Hale
Fantasy Island (2020), Lucy Hale

Starring Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Michael Peña and Portia Doubleday, Fantasy Island is a new horror / mystery / comedy based on the popular 1970s TV show about a magical island resort

Directed by Jeff Wadlow, Additional key cast includes Kim Coates, Michael Rooker, Charlotte McKinney…

My familiarity with the TV show starts and ends with the knowledge that it existed. This trailer definitely has me interested.

I don’t usually watch the ‘international’ versions of trailer releases. For this movie though, I accidentally clicked on the international trailer first and found myself rather unimpressed. Luckily, the version I’ve featured is definitely a much better edit, right?

I’m now curious about the criteria that makes a trailer fit for an international audience.

Ryan Hansen, Jimmy O. Yang, Austin Stowell, Robbie Jones, Parisa Fitz-Henley and Goran D. Kleut also star.

Fantasy Island Release Dates: February 14th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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WOUNDS (2019): The Thing I Liked…

Wounds (2019), Armie Hammer
Wounds (2019), Armie Hammer

My favourite thing about the latest Dakota Johnson, Zazie Beetz and Armmie Hammer horror / mystery Wounds is how well writer / director  Babak Anvari captured the tension; especially in the first thirty minutes.

All about the the strange things that start happening to a bartender after he picks up a phone left at his bar, I found that things started to go wrong for me when Hammer’s character made / didn’t make a decision that seemed so obvious to me. And because the rest of the story hung ever so loosely on his character’s decision – one that I did not buy, the film simply lost me and my trust.

In light of this, the real main issue with Wounds is that it barely makes sense. By the very end, I decided that Anvari’s movie is based on a script that needed much more work. Yes, there are moments that were well written and acted but the glaring gaps in the script were simply that, far too glaring. 

If you’re a die-hard Hammer and Johnson fan, then sure give it a chance if you’re especially curious, and also if you don’t mind swarming bugs. I definitely watched the swarming bugs scenes through my fingers. Otherwise, it’s very much the tension in the first half of the film that’s most notable. 

Have you seen Wounds, the film with the ‘very appealing’ name? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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EARTHQUAKE BIRD (2019): New Trailer From Alicia Vikander, Riley Keough, Jack Huston…

Earthquake Bird (2019), Alicia Vikander
Earthquake Bird (2019), Alicia Vikander

Starring Alicia Vikander, Riley Keogh and Jack Huston, Earthquake Bird is the story of a love triangle that leads to a horrific murder. A murder for which a young woman named Lucy (Vikander) bemomes a prime suspect.

Directed by Wash Westmoreland and set in Tokyo, Japan, additional key cast for Earthquake Bird includes Kiki Sukezane, Ken Yamamura, Crystal Kay…

I’m certainly intrigued by this story of jealousy between ‘friends.’ The last time I was pleasantly surprised by a story witha similar theme was in Always Shine (2016), starring Mackenzie Davis – who delivered a great performance.

I’m ready for what looks like a good rather dark turn for Vikander.

Yurino, Naoki Kobayashi, Akiko Iwase, Kenta Ogawa, Niclas Ericsson, Kazuhiro Muroyama also star.

Earthquake Bird Release Dates: November 15th, (US & UK)…

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TELL ME WHO I AM (2019): New Trailer For Documentary About Secrets & Lies Between Twins Alex And Marcus Lewis…

Tell Me Who I Am (2019), Marcus Lewis, Netflix
Tell Me Who I Am (2019), Marcus Lewis, Netflix

Based on the autobiography by twins Alex and Marcus Lewis. Tell Me Who I Am is the story of what Marcus did at 18 years of age, when he was faced with an ethical dilemma. The dilemma being whether he should tell his twin brother the horrific truth about his life after losing most of his memory in the wake of a motorcycle accident, or decide to make up a whole new idilic one.

A result of director Ed Perkins’s working with the Lewis brothers Tell Me Who I Am promises an extraordinary story of love, memory, trauma, personal responsibility…

I need to know how Marcus came to the conclusion that lying to his brother was the best option. Misguided good intentions – and perhaps guilt had a little something to do with it.

Marcus was only 18 when he told the lie, Only if he hadn’t waited decades to spill the truth. This should be interesting.

Tell Me Who I Am Release Dates: October 18th, 2019 (US)…

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WOUNDS (2019): New Trailer From Dakota Johnson, Armie Hammer, Zazie Beetz…

Wounds (2019), Armie Hammer
Wounds (2019), Armie Hammer

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Wounds (2019).


From writer / director  Babak Anvari, Wounds is a new horror / mystery starring Dakota Johnson, Armie Hammer and Zazie Beetz.

At the heart of the story is the strange things that start happening to a bartender after he picks up a phone left at his bar…

I’m curious because I like the cast – but then there’s the bugs. The many many bugs and those flesh wounds – with bugs in them!

Brad William Henke, Karl Glusman, Kerry Cahill, Kenneth Kynt Bryan, Jim Klock, Ritchie Montgomery and Terence Rosemore also star.

Wounds Release Dates: October 18th, 2019 (US)…

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THE RHYTHM SECTION (2019): New Trailer From Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown, Max Casella….

The Rhythm Section (2019), Blake Lively
The Rhythm Section (2019), Blake Lively, Paramount Pictures

In new action / mystery The Rhythm Section, Blake Lively is a woman determined to seek revenge against the people behind a plane crash that killed her family.

Directed by Reed Morano; additional key cast includes Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown, Max Casella…

Both Peppermint (2018) and Taken (2008) came to mind as this trailer played. That’s precisely after the thought… ‘Is Blake Lively speaking in a British accent?‘ The answer is yes and my fingers are crossed that the end result is as thrilling as this trailer suggests.

Daniel Mays, Richard Brake, Raza Jaffrey, Geoff Bell, Nasser Memarzia, Jade Anouka, Jack McEvoy, Tawfeek Barhom and Ivana Basic also star.

The Rhythm Section Release Dates: January 31st, 2020 (US); February 21st, 2020 (UK)…

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BLACK CHRISTMAS (2019): New Trailer For Christmas Horror Movie Starring Cary Elwes, Imogen Poots, Brittany O’Grady…

Black Christmas (2019), Imogen Poots, Universal Pictures
Black Christmas (2019), Imogen Poots, Universal Pictures

Black Christmas which stars Cary Elwes, Imogen Poots and Brittany O’Grady is a horror / mystery about a group of college students who are stalked by a stranger during their Christmas break.

A remake of a 1974 horror movie of the same name, Black Christmas is co-written and directed by Sophia Takal…

At first I thought: ‘This looks a lot like Scream (1996);’ but luckily, by the end of the trailer (which revealed quite a lot), it’s clear that there seems to be more to this story.

On another note, is it just me or does the Christmas season release date of this movie feel a tad wrong? I mean, who wants to be scared around Christmas time? We’re all supposed to be busy being jolly, as clearly mandated by Mr. Clause, no?

Caleb Eberhardt, Simon Mead, Ben Black, Lily Donoghue and Aleyse Shannon also star.

Black Christmas Release Dates: December 13th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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THE INTRUDER (2019): The Things I Liked…

The Intruder (2018), Dennis Quaid, Sony Pictures Entertainment
The Intruder (2018), Dennis Quaid, Sony Pictures Entertainment

The promising trailer, my curiosity about Meagan Good and Michael Ealy, plus the fact that I hadn’t seen the esteemed Dennis Quaid in a movie in a while are my reasons for watching director Deon Taylor’s drama / mystery, The Intruder. A story in which a young couple buy a beautiful new home, only to find that the previous owner is having more than ‘a little trouble’ letting go of his former residence. 

I can’t say that my expectations were particularly high to begin with, since this type of movie has been made many times before. Yet, I must admit that I found Taylor’s film more thrilling than expected – and Quaid’s performance is very much my favourite thing about The Intruder. I found his performance quite scary, especially considering Good’s overly trusting wife character.

As the movie played, there may have been a couple of moments where I wondered, ‘Did it really  make sense for that character to make that move?’  And by ‘that character’ I’m mostly referring to the one played by Joseph Sikora. Nevertheless, even with the moments of failed suspension of disbelief, I still had fun.

Perhaps give The Intruder a chance – if the mood for some easy-viewing thrills strikes. It may not be extraordinary, but that doesn’t mean you won’t appreciate Quaid’s quite frankly, horrifying performance and have a good time.

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