Category Archives: Mystery

PROFILE (2018): New Trailer Starring Valene Kane, Shazad Latif, Christine Adams…

Profile (2018), Valene Kane, Shazad Latif, Focus Features
Profile (2018), Valene Kane, Shazad Latif, Focus Features

Shazad Latif and Valene Kane are the stars of new mystery/thriller Profile; the story of an undercover British journalist who infiltrates the online propaganda channels of the so-called Islamic State, only to find herself sucked in by her recruiter.

Directed by Timur Bekmambetov; Christine Adams, Morgan Watkins, Emma Cater and Hollie Burgess make up more of the key cast.

This one is such a compelling premise that I don’t want to think too much about how it’s going to unfold. I simply want to watch it all happen, and hopefully be impressed by the overall execution.

Fingers crossed!

Marie Hamilton, Irina Klimovich, Kelley Mack, Louis Martin, Eloise Thomas, Kate Watson and Therica Wilson-Read also star.

Profile Release Dates: May 14th, 2021 (US)…

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THINGS HEARD & SEEN (2021): New Trailer From James Norton, Amanda Seyfried, Natalia Dyer…

Things Heard and Seen (2021), Amanda Seyfried, Netflix
Things Heard and Seen (2021), Amanda Seyfried, Netflix

Based on the acclaimed novel by Elizabeth Brundage; Amanda Seyfried and James Norton star in new mystery/horror Things Heard and Seen; the story of an artist who relocates to the Hudson Valley. Once there, she begins to suspect that her marriage has a sinister darkness.

Directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini; additional key cast includes Natalia Dyer, Michael O’Keefe and James Urbaniak.

I’m curious because I like Seyfried. However, I fear that this will be one of those ‘just OK’ Netflix movies when what I’d really like is something very good.

Alex Neustaedter, Jack Gore, Michael Abbott Jr., Kelcy Griffin, Cotter Smith, Ana Sophia Heger and Olivia Boreham-Wing also star.

Things Heard & Seen release dates: April 29th, 2021 (US), Netflix

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SPIRAL (2021): New Trailer Starring Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, Morgan David Jones…

Spiral (2020), Samuel L. Jackson, Lionsgate Movies
Spiral (2020), Samuel L. Jackson, Lionsgate Movies

The book of Saw has a terrifying new chapter.

Staring Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella and Morgan David Jones; crime/horror Spiral is about a criminal mastermind’s unleashing of a twisted form of justice.

I’m intrigued because I want to see Rock do well in this lead role. And I like the idea of one of my favourite comics sharing screen time with Jackson.

However, the reason I may not see Spiral includes the fact that I’m yet to watch a single movie in the Saw series; mainly on account of horror not being my favourite genre. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean I’m not excited for fans of Saw.

Ali Johnson, Dan Petronijevic, Edie Inksetter, Leila Leigh, Max Minghella, Christopher Tai, John Tokatlidis, Genelle Williams, and Leonidas Castrounis also star.

Spiral Release Dates: May 14th, 2021 (US); May 21st, 2021 (UK)…

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DEFENDING JACOB (2020): The Things I Liked…

Defending Jacob (2020), Michelle Dockery Apple TV+
Defending Jacob (2020), Michelle Dockery, Apple TV+

There are parts I thoroughly enjoyed in Michelle Dockery, Chris Evans and Jaeden Martell’s Defending Jacobthe story of two parents who have to deal with the idea that their fourteen-year-old son might be responsible for murdering his classmate. Yet, I can’t say I completely loved the experience of watching it. 

The best moments besides the big revelation in the courtroom is  Dockery’s performance. Evans wasn’t terrible and Martell is a very talented young man. I only wish I enjoyed the series in its entirety and spent less  time asking questions such as:

Do we really need to keep going back and forth between Evans’s character in the present day as he recounts what happened? It doesn’t seem to be adding much to the experience.’ 

Why isn’t this a two-part, or four-part series instead of eight?

The truth is I could do with more patience when it comes to movies and TV shows. However, all I want is for something I’m watching to be fully engaging, to the point where I’m happily lost in it, rather than having to question editing decisions.

I like the idea of a story about the possibility that one’s child could be a psychopath, and I felt for Dockery’s character. The bigger issue is likely that I’ve seen elements of this story in other productions several times before. A truth that then makes this experience less new/impressive.

If you’re especially curious, give Defending Jacob a chance. You may find that you love the way it just the way it is. And that you have a lot more patience than I do.

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THE IRREGULARS (2021): New Trailer Starring Thaddea Graham, Darci Shaw, Jojo Macari…

The Irregulars (2021), Thaddea Graham, Netflix
The Irregulars (2021), Thaddea Graham, Netflix

Netflix’s latest crime/drama/mystery The Irregulars offers a twist on the classic Sherlock Holmes story. This time, the focus is on a group of misfits who investigate a series of supernatural crimes in Victorian London for Mr Holmes and Dr Watson.

Created by Tom Bidwell; some of the key cast includes Thaddea Graham, Darci Shaw and Jojo Macari.

Writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is quite the gift that keeps on giving, no? Not only has the great Holmes been portrayed by the likes Robert Downey Jr, Benedict Cumberbatch and more. But 2019 also delivered a movie about the detective’s teenage sister, Enola Holmes. And now this.

I anticipate fun ahead with this one. Especially if, like myself, you’re quite partial to a good mystery.

Ansu Kabia, McKell David, Sheila Atim, Harrison Osterfield, Clarke Peters, Royce Pierreson, Grant Crookes, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Manoj Anand, Charles Armstrong and Anthony Barclay also star.

The Irregulars Release Dates: March 26th, 2021 (US & UK)…

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BEHIND HER EYES (2021): New Trailer From Eve Hewson, Simona Brown, Tom Bateman…

Behind Her Eyes (2021), Simona Brown, Netflix
Behind Her Eyes (2021), Simona Brown, Netflix

Simona Brown, Eve Hewson and Tom Bateman are the stars of Behind Her Eyes; a new Steve Lightfoot directed Netflix mystery/thriller series about Louise; a single mom with a son and a part-time job in a psychiatrist’s office.

Things get complicated when Louise begins an affair with her boss and strikes up an unlikely friendship with his wife. 

I wouldn’t mind controlling my dreams. But that’s not why I want to watch this. My partiality to a good mystery/thriller is my main reason. The cast is great and it helps that this looks very promising.

Robert Aramayo, Tyler Howitt, Aston McAuley, Kamontip Krissy Ashton, Pierre Bergman, Georgie Glen, Richie Lawrie, Joakim Skarli, Hannah Traylen, Hannah Young, Rob Horrocks and Anna Charlotte Clark also star.

Behind Her Eyes Release Dates: February 17th, 2021 (US & UK), Netflix

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LUPIN (2021): New Trailer Starrying omar Sy, Ludivine Sagnier, Clotilde Hesme, Nicole Garcia…

Lupin (2021), Omar Sy, Netflix
Lupin (2021), Omar Sy, Netflix

Based on the early 20th century French detective novels by Maurice Leblanc; Lupin is a new seven part Netflix series about Assane Diop (Omar Sy), whose life was turned upside down as a teenager, when his father died after being accused of a crime he didn’t commit.

Twenty five years pass and Assane decides to use ‘Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar’ as his inspiration to avenge his father.

I’m interested in what looks like a clever vengeance story. It’s just unfortunate that this dub job leaves much to be desired. For reasons including the voiceover guy being 1) American and 2) sounding nothing like Sy.

I generally don’t watch many dubbed movies. So I wonder, are dub jobs usually this disappointing? Hopefully Netflix will let us watch it in the language it was filmed, but with subtitles.

Additional key cast includes Ludivine Sagnier, Clotilde Hesme, Nicole Garcia, Nicolas Wanczycki, Karim Lasmi, Pierre Rousselet and Cédric Meusburger.

Lupin Release Dates: January 21st, 2021 (US)…

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TINY PRETTY THINGS (2020): New Trailer Starring Kylie Jefferson, Anna Maiche, Brennan Clost, Damon J. Gillespie…

Tiny Pretty Things (2020), Netflix
Tiny Pretty Things (2020), Netflix

Young adults who live far from their homes, each standing on the verge of greatness or ruin. This is daily life at an elite ballet academy in Netflix’s new drama/mystery/thriller series, Tiny Pretty Things.

Key cast includes Kylie Jefferson, Damon J. Gillespie, Anna Maiche and Brennan Clost.

I’m intrigued for three reasons. Firstly, Black Swan (2010), the only other ballet movie/series I’ve ever seen was great. Second, the outsider story is interesting. I want o see how things turn out for young Neveah (Kylie Jefferson). And lastly, just how many people does the killer intend to murder and how surprised will I be when I find out who the killer is?

By the way, the character who gets pushed off the roof isn’t Lilly Collins; I checked.

Shaun Benson, Barton Cowperthwaite, Bayardo De Murguia, Lauren Holly, Casimere Jollette, Daniela Norman and Michael Hsu Rosen also star.

Tiny Pretty Things Release Dates: December 14th, 2020 (US)…

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