Category Archives: Mystery

THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA (2019): New Trailer From Linda Cardellini, Patricia Velasquez, Raymond Cruz…

The Curse Of La Llorina (2019), Linda Cardellini
The Curse Of La Llorina (2019), Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini, Patricia Velasquez and Raymond Cruz are the stars of The Curse of La Llorona, a new Michael Chaves directed horror / mystery.

Set in 1970s Los Angeles, a social worker and her small children are drawn into a frightening supernatural realm after they ignore the warnings of a troubled mother…

In the name of my mission to watch more scary movies this year, I’m drawn to this one because of Cardellini. I mean, did you see how well she sold the moment that happens soon after 1:00 into this trailer? Wonderful actress!

Sean Patrick Thomas, Tony Amendola and Madeleine McGraw also star.

The Curse of La Llorona Release Dates: April 19, 2019 (US); Mar 3rd 2019 (UK)…

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FIRST REFORMED (2018): The Thing I Liked…

First Reformed (2018), Ethan Hawke
First Reformed (2018), Ethan Hawke

In First Reformed, Ethan Hawk is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor who’s plunged into his own tormented past and equally despairing future, after a pregnant parishioner asks him to counsel her deeply troubled husband.

Hawkes notable performance and the special way the movie’s dialogue shines a light on some of the more challenging experiences of the human condition are reasons why director Paul Schrader’s film was worthwhile for me. Challenges including the anguish experienced by those grappling with their religious faith or more generally, those lacking in hope for the future. 

All of First Reformed is engaging but a particularly memorable scene is the face to face conversation between the Reverend and the very troubled husband. I enjoyed listening to the interesting questions asked, some of which are literally answered and some answered through the films impressive execution which features some unexpectedly dark turns.

As a Hawke fan and a general lover of good movies, I say give First Reformed a chance and who knows, you may even find yourself feeling comforted by the knowledge that at some point, you too asked the same questions. And so, in that way, First Reformed is about you / everyone.

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ATOMIC BLONDE (2017) : The ThingS I Liked…

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

Atomic Blonde, an action / thriller about an undercover MI6 agent on a mission to investigate the murder of a fellow agent, and recover a missing list of double agents is arguably an adequately thrilling experience.

Starring Charlize Theron, and James McAvoy, what stood out most for me about director David Leitch’s film is the style – and by ‘style’ I mean the general look and feel, the colours, clothing, the exciting fight sequences, the way specific moments are shot at a particular angle, making for a more satisfying visual experience. One such example would be the way Leitch captures the scene near the start when McAvoy’s character walks up to the car that just crashed with his colleague (Theron) inside.

Watching a very capable, well-dressed female character in charge of herself and her surroundings was fun. It was an inspiring vision that quickly brought to mind another fictional character with impressive abilities and great style. Namely Sylvia Hoeks’s highly memorable work as Luv in Blade Runner 2049 (2017).

Atomic Blonde is a movie you watch for the thrilling action and mystery. It may not have you megaphone in hand – post viewing and trying to gather everyone to watch it immediately. Nevertheless, by the end you may, like myself find yourself thinking, ‘yeah, that wasn’t terrible. Nor was it exceptionally memorable either but I have no regrets.’

Lastly, when it comes to the question of Theron’s British accent, I don’t think that she did terribly but my ‘expert ear’ did notice a few inconsistencies. Nothing too laughable, mind you.

Watch it for the colours, fights and style. It’s even possibly, quite fun.

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MOTHER! (2017): The Thing I Liked…

Mother! (2017), Jennifer Lawrence
Mother! (2017), Jennifer Lawrence

Mother!, the Darren Aronofsky directed mystery / horror film about uninvited guests who disrupt a couple’s tranquil existence is a weird movie. 

Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer, the acting is great of course but what I enjoyed most about the film has nothing to do with acting. As controversial as this is, the beautiful single braid on Lawrence’s head… so effortless and gorgeous. That’s my favourite thing about Mother! 

Part of my issue with Aronofsky’s movie is that I can’t say I fully get it. I found myself getting mad at the close-up shots and about an hour into the film, I was thinking: ‘Resolve this mystery already!’ 

What’s also quite unfortunate about me not really understanding Mother! is that I’m definitely not interested enough to watch it again on the off chance that I may finally get it.

The way Lawrence and Bardem’s characters were so obviously grossly mismatched as a couple rather annoyed me. Bardem’s character’s lack of consideration towards his wife really made me mad and because I didn’t understand why he was being that way, it simply made matters worse.

If you’re an Aronofsky fan, I say give this movie a chance because you may like it. Just remember that Mother! is definitely more mystery than horror, so don’t let the word ‘horror’ dissuade you or get you too excited.

If you think I totally missed the point of this movie, you’re very welcome to enlighten me in the comments below. 

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REPLICAS (2019): New trailer From Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, Emily Alyn Lind, Thomas Middleditch…

Replicas (2019), Keanu Reeves
Replicas (2019), Keanu Reeves

Directed by  Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Replicas stars Keanu Reeves as a scientist determined to bring back his wife and children who died in a traffic accident.

Other key cast includes Alice Eve, Emily Alyn Lind, Thomas Middleditch…

More than the story and even though I’m far from a scientist, I find myself most interested in the cloning process and what Eve’s character felt as she realised something was wasn’t quite right.

John Ortiz, Emjay Anthony, Nyasha Hatendi, Amber Townsend, Amber Rivera and Aria Lyric Leabu also star.

Replicas Release Dates: January 11th, 2019 (US)…

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CAM (2018) New Trailer From Madeline Brewer, Patch Darragh, Melora Walters…

Cam (2018), Madeline Brewer
Cam (2018), Madeline Brewer

Directed by Daniel Goldhaberan, Cam is a new thriller / mystery / horror about an ambitious camgirl named Alice. Alice wakes up one day to find that she’s been replaced on her show with an exact replica of herself.

Devin Druid, Imani Hakim and Michael Dempsey also star…

This looks pretty good to me. A hopefully ‘non-nightmare inducing’ kind of scary. I also really want to know how exactly how it is that the creep managed to replace Alice.

Cam Release Dates: November 16th, 2018 (US)…

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THE CLOVEHITCH KILLER (2018): New Trailer Starring Charlie Plummer, Dylan McDermott, Samantha Mathis…

The Clovehitch Killer (2018), Charlie Plummer
The Clovehitch Killer (2018), Charlie Plummer

The Clovehitch Killer promises a chilling drama / mystery / horror that centres around a picture-perfect family. One that’s shattered when the work of a serial killer hits too close to home.

Directed by Duncan Skiles; key cast includes Charlie Plummer, Dylan McDermott, Samantha Mathis…

I want to see this because the premise is compelling. The absolute nightmare of realising that your own parent is a monster. Almost too hideous a reality to comprehend.

The Clovehitch Killer Release Dates: November 16th, 2018 (US)…

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THE MULE (2018): New Trailer From Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Michael Peña, Laurence Fishburne…

The Mule (2018), Clint Eastwood
The Mule (2018), Clint Eastwood

In new crime / drama / mystery The Mule, Clint Eastwood is a  90-year-old horticulturist and WWII veteran who gets caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine for a Mexican drug cartel.

Also directed by Clint Eastwood, additional key cast includes Bradley Cooper, Michael Peña, Laurence Fishburne…

Firstly, well done trailer maker! Second, following the success of their last pairing for American Sniper (2014), it’s really great to see Eastwood and Cooper working together again.

Seeing how vulnerable Eastwood’s character appears to be, it’s clear that this movie will likely be emotionally taxing – though I’m hoping also quite worth it.

Taissa Farmiga, Clifton Collins Jr., Manny Montana, Dianne Wiest, Alison Eastwood and Dianne Wiest also star.

The Mule Release Dates: December 14th, 2018 (US)

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