Category Archives: Mystery

SANTOALLA (2016): New Trailer For Documentary About The Disappearance Of  Martin Verfondern…

Santoalla (2016), Martin Verfondern
Santoalla (2016), Martin Verfondern

Documentary / Mystery, Santoalla is the story of Martin and Margo Verfondern, a Dutch couple who moved to the remote Spanish village of Santoalla to start a new life. A conflict between the couple and the village’s Spanish residents eventually results in Martin’s disappearance…

I’ll be watching to see what is hopefully a relatively satisfactory resolution. I’m also really interested to find out precisely what the conflict was about.

Santoalla Release Dates: July 28th, 2017 (US)…

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HAPPY DEATH DAY (2017): New Trailer From Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine…

Happy Death Day (2017), Jessica Rothe
Happy Death Day (2017), Jessica Rothe

From director and co-writer Christopher Landon, Happy Death Day is a new horror / thriller / mystery about Tree, a girl who must relive the same day over and over again until she figures out who is trying to kill her and why…

Teaser trailer

Trailer 1

This does appear to be a parody of the ‘relive the same day of your  life over and over again until you figure something out’ genre. Films with the same theme that I’m aware of include – most recently Before I Fall (2016) and Groundhog Day (1993). Will the end result prove worthy? I’m open to a pleasant surprise.

Happy Death Day Release Dates: October 13th, 2017 (US); October 20th, 2017 (UK)…

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BEFORE I FALL (2017): The Things I Liked…

Before I Fall (2017), Zoe Deutch
Before I Fall (2017), Zoe Deutch

Before I Fall, the Ry Russo-Young directed drama / mystery about a high school girl (Zoe Deutch) who keeps re-living the last day of her life over and over again was an OK experience. I enjoyed some of the music in the film and Zoe Deutch is a good actress. There are also definitely some useful thinking points in there, especially for those around the age of the protagonist. However, beyond that you may find yourself wishing that the story had more of a certain something else or number of things – and then some. You know, for the whole experience to be more worthwhile. Perhaps I’m just too grown up.

Watch Before I Fall if you’re curious enough. I for one plan to finally sit down and watch Groundhog Day (1993) for the first time; a similar story where a weatherman gets to live the same day over and over again.

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MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (2017): New Trailer From Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz, Daisy Ridley…

Murder On The Orient Express (2017), Johnny Depp
Murder On The Orient Express (2017), Johnny Depp

Murder On The Orient Express has a very impressive cast list; one that includes, Kenneth Branagh who’s also the film’s director, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad – to name just a few.  Based on Agatha Christie’s famous novel of the same name, this mystery / crime / drama is set on a lavish train ride through Europe. A ride that has thirteen strangers stranded on a train and everyone is a murder. suspect. It’s up to Hercule Poirot (Branagh) to race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again…

The very talented cast, the fashion, cinematography and story are all great reasons to watch this version of Murder On The Orient Express. The filming style teased in this trailer is equally very appealing, along with Hercule Poirot’s accent; particularly the way he says ‘evil.’

Murder On The Orient Express Release Dates: November 3rd, 2017 (UK); November 10th, 2017 (US)…

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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 brings to mind 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.

Shimmer Lake Release Dates:

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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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