Category Archives: Thriller

CENTIGRADE (2020): New Trailer From Genesis Rodriguez, Vincent Piazza, Mavis Simpson-Ernst…

Centigrade (2020), Vincent Piazza, IFC Midnight
Centigrade (2020), Vincent Piazza, IFC Midnight

Trapped in their frozen vehicle after a blizzard, a married couple struggle to survive plunging temperatures and unforeseen obstacles.

Starring Genesis Rodriguez, Vincent Piazza and Mavis Simpson-Ernst, Centigrade is directed by Brendan Walsh.

I’m not 100 percent on what the best survival move is for this couple but I look forward to finding out. Right now, with my limited knowledge in the area, I feel as though completely staying in the car is tantamount to getting buried alive in an ice coffin, no?

I hope this one succeeds at remaining engaging considering what appears to be a single setting for the entire movie.

Centigrade Release Dates: August 28th, 2020 (US)…

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SHE DIES TOMORROW (2020): New Trailer Starring Kate Lyn Sheil, Chris Messina, Jane Adams, Kentucker Audley…

She Dies Tomorrow (2020), Kate Lyn Sheil, Neon
She Dies Tomorrow (2020), Kate Lyn Sheil, Neon

From writer /director Amy Seimetz; She Dies Tomorrow is a new thriller/comedy about Amy, a woman who think that she’s dying tomorrow. And to make things even more interesting, the thought/belief is contagious.

Starring  Kate Lyn Sheil; additional key cast includes Chris Messina, Jane Adams, Kentucker Audley, Katie Aselton…

I’m sure that negative thoughts can indeed be ‘contagious.’ So I’m looking forward to where the story goes with this intriguing premise.

Also, I didn’t quite get a comedy vibe as this trailer played. Yet this movie is partly categorised as a comedy. Interesting…

Tunde Adebimpe, Jennifer Kim, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Josh Lucas, Michelle Rodriguez, Adam Wingard and Madison Calderon also star.

She Dies Tomorrow Release Dates: July 31st / 7th August (Internet), 2020 (US)…

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THE BAY OF SILENCE (2020): New Trailer Starring Claes Bang, Olga Kurylenko, Brian Cox…

In new mystery/thriller Bay of Silence, Claes Bang is Will, a husband desperate to believe his wife Rosalind (Olga Kurylenko) is innocent when their infant son goes missing and is suspected to have been murdered. Only, that becomes more and more difficult as he starts to uncover her troublesome past.

Directed by Paula van der Oest; Brian Cox, Assaad Bouab, Alice Krige and Caroline Goodall are among the key cast.

It does look as though Rosalind is going through something greater than a bad case of postpartum depression. How great it would be if their baby turned up alive. Either way, I’m hoping for a good mystery thriller here. Those don’t come around often enough.

Anyone else find themselves slightly suspicious of Milton? Also, I’m looking forward to enjoying more than one location in this story. So far I think I see London, England and what looks like a Mediterranean setting.

Duncan Duff, Maroussia Frank, Hannah van der Westhuysen, Agni Scott, Shalisha James-Davis and Litiana Biutanaseva also star.

The Bay of Silence Release Dates: August 14th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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GREENLAND (2020): New Trailer From Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin, Andrew Bachelor…

Greenland (2020), Gerard Butler, STX Films
Greenland (2020), Gerard Butler, STX Films

Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin and Andrew Bachelor’s latest is Greenland, a Ric Roman Waugh directed movie about a family’s struggle to survive in the face of a cataclysmic natural disaster.

Set in Florida, additional key cast includes David Denman, Scott Glenn, Brandon Quinn, Claire Bronson, Joshua Mikel…

After all the disaster movies I’ve seen over the years, one thing I know is that who you know and the secret information you have access to often determines how well you fare in a crisis. With that said, it’s probably time for me to know a lot more and testerday.

I’m in for what looks to be a well paced action thriller with great special effects.

Gary Weeks, Madison Johnson, Hayes Mercure, Roger Dale Floyd, Rick Pasqualone, Mike Gassaway and Kendrick Cross also star.

Greenland Release Dates: August 14th, 2020 (US), August 21st, 2020 (UK)…

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THE DEPARTED (2006): The Things I Liked…

The Departed (2006), Leonardo DiCaprio, Warner Bros. Entertainment
The Departed (2006), Leonardo DiCaprio, Warner Bros. Entertainment

I remember watching Martin Scorsese’s The Departed when it was released in 2006. A film I just had to see because of Scorsese, but also thanks to the triple A-list acting talents of Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon. 

It’s been more than 10 years since then, and Scorsese’s highly rated crime/thriller about an undercover cop and a mole in the police who are trying to identify each other, while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston remains a notable film.

As good as it is, I’m not sure if The Departed is the kind of movie that loses a portion of its shine over time. Or, myself being caught up in ‘Leo Mania‘ in 2006 made me rate it a little more highly than it may have deserved, because I did rate it VERY highly indeed. It could also just be that this isn’t the first time I’ve seen the film; therefore, chances are, I won’t feel it’s as great as it was at first viewing. Either way, today I’d say that the first half of the movie is good, but it’s really in the second act that things get most thrilling.

Can I continue to call The Departed my favourite Scorsese movie? Maybe not. Even though I still think it’s one of his best. And besides the example of what a good crime/thriller can look like, I’ll also remember The Departed for being the first time I heard a croissant referred to as ‘a French doughnut.’ 

For anyone who’s never watched The Departed, part of what makes the movie notable, besides the great story and cast is it doesn’t end the way you expect. Thank goodness that ten-plus years was enough for me to forget the ending, almost entirely. I mean, I did remember the rat on the window sill, but that’s it.

Watch it because it’s good and it is definitely a classic after all.

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THE HUNT (2020): The Things I Liked

The Hunt (2019), Betty Gilpin, Universal Pictures
The Hunt (2019), Betty Gilpin, Universal Pictures

Betty Gilpin’s smart and badass character Crystal is my favourite thing about director Craig Zobel’s The Hunt; the most controversial near release of 2019.

Also starring Hilary Swank, Justin Hartley and Emma Roberts; Zobel’s story centres around twelve strangers who get kidnapped for the specific purpose of being hunted.

The Hunt‘s original 2019 release date was cancelled because following the launch of the trailer, America was unfortunately having to deal with another mass shooting. Additional complaints also came to light about the movie’s presumed controversial politics, concerning the relationship between the left and right.

I remember the filmmakers were happy to delay the movie’s release. And having now watched it, I can see why they insisted that The Hunt isn’t as problematic, in terms of premise and politics as many were assuming. Any talk of politics in the movie is mainly amusing. The real fun starts as we start learning more and more about Gilpin’s Crystal.

The Hunt isn’t the kind of movie to get top marks for story or all-round great acting where one or two earlier characters is concerned. But that doesn’t mean I won’t watch it again. For me, there’s just had too much fun to be had with Crystal.

Watch it if you’re curious.

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SHIRLEY (2020): New Trailer From Elisabeth Moss, Logan Lerman, Michael Stuhlbarg, Odessa Young…

Shirley (2020), Elisabeth Moss, Neon
Shirley (2020), Elisabeth Moss, Neon

Shirley is a new biography / thriller about renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson.

Starring Elisabeth Moss, Michael Stuhlbarg and Logan Lerman, the story centres around the source of inspiration for Jackson’s next book; a young couple that Jackson and her husband invite into their home.

Directed by Josephine Decker; additional key cast includes Odessa Young and Steve Vinovich.

I’m watching because it’s Moss, Lerman, plus it’s a biography so I’m definitely expecting the truth to be stranger than fiction.

Ryan Spahn, Molly Fahey, Adelind Horan, Emily Decker, Ava Langford, Edward O’Blenis and Thomas Racek also star.

Shirley Release Dates: June 5th, 2020 (US)…

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THE INVISIBLE MAN 2019): The Things I Liked…

The Invisible Man (2019), Elisabeth Moss, Universal Pictures
The Invisible Man (2019), Elisabeth Moss, Universal Pictures

The Invisible Man is a pleasant surprise of a film. From a clever story with twists and turns you don’t quite see coming to Elisabeth Moss’s impressive emotionally and physically demanding performance. Director Leigh Whannell does a good job of telling a thrilling and equally terrifying story about a woman who’s being hunted by her very abusive ex who also happens to be invisible.

Considering the nature of this story which is based on H.G. Well’s novel of the same name, let’s just say that The Invisible Man isn’t partly categorised as a horror film by accident. The horror part is very real, especially in the psychological sense.It’s also incredibly terrifying for women especially, but generally because very abusive partners exist.

Then there’s the idea that invisibility technology could also exist and end up in the hands of the wrong kind people. I’m no technology expert of course, but Whannell’s film somehow makes such technology or something like it seem far closer to what is possible than I’d like to admit.

Lastly, for those who aren’t the biggest fans of scary movies, will The Invisible Man give the average person nightmares? Probably not. But just know that it isn’t exactly comfortable viewing either because no horror / mystey / sci-fi that’s intent on terrifying us is.

Overall and more than anything, Whannell’s movie is thrilling, well, paced, cleverly shot and very likely surprising in a good way.

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