Category Archives: Thriller

FATMAN (2020): New Trailer Starring Mel Gibson, Walton Goggins, Marianne Jean-Baptiste…

Fatman (2020), Mel Gibson
Fatman (2020), Mel Gibson

Fatman is a new comedy/thriller about what can happen to you when you’re Santa Claus and you disappoint the wrong child at Christmas. Said disappointed child can quite easily hire a hitman to end you.

Directed by Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms; additional key cast includes Shaun Benson, Chance Hurstfield, Jordan Blais and Deborah Grover.

I often like to watch trailers before I read the synopsis, and this one certainly didn’t go where I thought it would.

I’m looking forward to the humour and what looks like a great performance by Goggins and young Chance Hurstfield who plays the aforementioned very, VERY disappointed child.

Paulino Nunes, Michelle Lang, Bill Turnbull, Robert Bockstael, Bill Lake, Michael Dickson, Joyce Rivera and Sean Tucker also star.

Fatman Release Dates: November 17th, 2020 (US)…

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THE 355 (2021): New Trailer From Lupita Nyong’o, Jessica Chastain, Sebastian Stan, Penélope Cruz…

The 355 (2020), Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong'o, Universal Pictures
The 355 (2020), Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Universal Pictures

Jessica Chastain, Sebastian Stan, Lupita Nyong’o, Penélope Cruz and Diane Kruger are the stars of new Simon Kinberg directed thriller, The 355.

A spy movie about five women working together to stop a global organisation from acquiring a weapon that could thrust the world into total chaos.

First of all, is it just me or does Lupita’s outfit in teh above photo suggest Harry Potter?

Secondly, what a lovely mix of talent. I’m excited to see what the group chemistry is like and hoping to enjoy this more than I did Chastain’s last movie, Ava (2020).

Edgar Ramírez, Bingbing Fan, Jason Wong, Leo Staar, Raphael Acloque, Hiten Patel, Wong Charlie, Evie Wray, Toby Sauerback and Francisco Labbe also star.

The 355 Release Dates: January 15th, 2021 (US & UK)…

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YOUR HONOR (2020): New Trailer From Bryan Cranston, Hope Davis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Sofia Black-D’Elia…

Your Honor (2020), Bryan Cranston, Showtime
Your Honor (2020), Bryan Cranston, Showtime

New Legal thriller Your Honor stars Bryan Cranston as a respected judge whose son is involved in a hit-and-run accident that leads to a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices.

Hope Davis, Sofia Black-D’Elia and Isiah Whitlock Jr. are among the key cast.

I wonder if I’ll enjoy this more than I did Breaking Bad. One other relatively new crime/thriller that Your Honor brings to mind is the very highly rated and good Ozark.

Tony Curran, Hunter Doohan, Lilli Kay, Michael Stuhlbarg, Brittney Tamberg, Jock McKissic, David Maldonado, Keith Machekanyanga and Garrett Kruithof also star.

Your Honor Release Dates: December 2020 (US), Showtime…

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HIS HOUSE (2020): New Trailer Starring Matt Smith, Sope Dirisu, Mevis Birungi, Javier Botet…

His House (2020), Sope Dirisu, Netflix
His House (2020), Sope Dirisu, Netflix

In new horror/thriller His House, an English town that has an evil lurking beneath the surface is the unexpected destination of a refugee couple who made a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan.

Directed by Remi Weekes; starring Sope Dirisu, Matt Smith, Mevis Birungi and Javier Botet, the couple struggle to adjust to their new life.

The Get Out (2017) vibes are strong with this one. Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place. This looks pretty dark. I find myself wondering about the motivations of the people that placed the couple in ‘his house’

Hopefully I won’t be too scared to watch this because I do want to find out how much everyone around the couple knows about what goes on in that house.

Bradley Banton, Vivien Bridson, Yvonne Campbell, Gamba Cole, Rene Costa, Andy Gathergood, Mark Gooden, Marie Hamm, Ty Hurley, Cornell John, John Kamau and John Samuel Kande also star.

His House Release Dates: October 30th, 2020 (US)…

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THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 (2020): New Aaron Sorking Movie Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, Sacha Baron Cohen…

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020), Eddie Redmayne, Netflix
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020), Eddie Redmayne, Netflix

Written/directed by Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a new historical thriller about 7 people on trial for various charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Alex Sharp and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are among the key cast.

I can’t deny how happy I was to see Redmayne’s face on screen again. He’s one of my favourites, along with Baron Cohen

It’s going to be emotional but I’m quite sure it’ll be worth it because of the fantastic cast and that magic that Sorkin does so well with words.

Jeremy Strong, John Carroll Lynch, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Mark Rylance, Ben Shenkman, J.C. MacKenzie, Frank Langella and Noah Robbins also star.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 Release Date: October 16th, 2020 (US)/ Netflix…

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THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME (2020): The Things I Liked…

The Devil All The Time (2020): Tom Holland, Netflix
The Devil All The Time (2020): Tom Holland, Netflix

The Devil All the Time, director Antonio Campos’s drama/thriller about sinister characters in postwar Southern Ohio is a film I found adequately entertaining.

Tom Holland’s performance as Arvin, a young man devoted to protecting those he loves in a place teeming with corruption and brutality is one of the film’s highlights. Bill Skarsgård’s performance earlier in the film is another bright spot.

Even though I didn’t find the story edit to be as masterful as my favourite movie about various characters that all end up cleverly connected (Magnolia (1999), I liked the way Campos’s movie revealed the some of the key connections.

The most memorable moment for me is when Arvin gets picked up while hitchhiking for the first time. The tension in the car was pretty masterful. Other small favourite moments include one of the town names ‘Knockemstiff’ and Sebastian Stan’s character’s delivery of the line: ‘Some people were born just so they could be buried.’

Thematically, The Devil All the Time is a tad too dark for what I like to watch these days. Yet, on the other hand, what did I expect exactly, with a title like that? Perhaps that will teach me to choose to watch a movie mainly for the talented cast rather than prioritising the story.

If you don’t mind dark tales, then you’ll likely have an even better time than I did. Give Campos’s film a chance if you’re curious. I doubt I’ll watch it agan but I’ll always have my favourite moments to remeber fondly

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FREAKY (2020): New Trailer Starring Kathryn Newton, Vince Vaughn, Alan Ruck, Celeste O’Connor…

In new comedy/horror/thriller Freaky, Kathryn Newton plays Millie, a young girl in high school who, after swapping bodies with a deranged serial killer; she discovers that she has less than 24 hours before the change becomes permanent.

Directed by Christopher Landon; Vince Vaughn, Celeste O’Connor, and Alan Ruck are among the key cast.

This looks like promising, silly fun.

Another thing that stands out is how much fun Newton must have had playing Millie. Particularly once she turned killer.

I’m in for the two Newton roles and the Halloween silliness. Who can believe that Halloween is so close already?

Uriah Shelton, Katie Finneran, Kelly Lamor Wilson, Dana Drori, Misha Osherovich, Mitchell Hoog, Melissa Collazo and Dustin Lewis also star.

Freaky Release Dates: November 13th, 2020 (US)…

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I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS (2020): The Thing I Liked…

I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020), Jessie Buckley, Netflix

There are some movies I’ll start watching, realise their terrible and quit within ten or fifteen minutes. Writer/director Charlie Kaufman’s latest drama/thriller I’m Thinking of Ending Things is not that kind of movie. One might say it’s worse because I’d hoped to like it far more than I did.

I expected more because I rather enjoyed Anomalisa (2015), and had hoped that I’m Thinking of Ending Things would be similarly pleasing and thought-provoking. It may well be thought-provoking for some, but post-viewing, it did not inspire me to think anything significant, except ‘what a waste of two hours.’ Particularly since the peculiar happenings that inspired me to watch the movie in the first place, never really get explained.

Kaufman’s story of a young woman who comes to question everything she thought she knew about her new boyfriend, upon arriving at his parent’s secluded farm is a film that may have fans raving on about the way it explores loneliness, death, sanity and so on. Yet, I for one didn’t want to work as hard and have as much patience as I’m Thinking of Ending Things requires of its audience.

By the third or fourth time that Jessie Buckley’s character says the words ‘I’m thinking of ending things‘, the film had lost me and I’d got far beyond the point of simply ‘thinking of ending things.’ I wanted to stop watching; yet I needed to see how the story would end.

Buckley, Toni Colette, David Thewlis and Jessie Plemons all perform brilliantly. Still, none of it proved enough for me. Regardless of the ‘stylish’ way the story is edited and told; the scares and other creative choices, it just didn’t result in a satisfying experience for me. Instead it felt incomplete.

I’m sure that very serious fans of Kaufman will likely enjoy this the most. For everyone else, sure, give it a chance if you’re SUPER curious.

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