Category Archives: Thriller

GEMINI (2017): New Trailer From Zoe Kravitz, Lola Kirke, John Cho, Ricki Lake…

Gemini (2017), Lola Kirke
Gemini (2017), Lola Kirke

A personal assistant to a Hollywood starlet must confront her own understanding of friendship, truth, and celebrity after a heinous crime tests her relationship with her boss. Written / directed by Aaaron Katz, the film’s stars include Zoe Kravitz, Lola Kirke, John Cho and Ricki Lake…

I’m not generally a fan of trailers that last longer than 90 seconds. However, I found myself so drawn in by everything happening in this one that I didn’t notice the near two and a half minute run time.  At this point I just really want to know what happened. It kind of makes me think of the shadiest of shady friendships that I was most recently exposed to in Always Shine (2015).

Gemini Release Dates

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THE VAULT (2017): New Trailer From James Franco, Taryn Manning, Francesca Eastwood…

The Vault (2017), James Franco
The Vault (2017), James Franco

Co-written and directed by Dan Bush, The Vault is a scary movie / thriller about two estranged sisters who are forced to rob a bank in order to save their brother. Starring James Franco, Taryn Manning and Francesca Eastwood, what the sisters don’t know is that very little will go according to plan…

I’m likely to give this scary movie a chance because of Franco. I don’t watch horror films often enough to really know for sure but it appears as though horror is becoming a genre that mainstream movie stars are more and more interested to work in. Fingers crossed that this one is great. I’m going to admit that a small part of me is intrigued because of Franco’s moustache…

The Vault Release Dates: September 1st, 2017 (US); September 8th, 2017 (UK)…

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LEATHERFACE (2017): New Trailer For The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Prequel, Starring Lili Taylor, Stephen Dorff, Nicole Andrews…

Leatherface (2017)
Leatherface (2017)

Directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, Leatherface is a prequel to the  The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a 1974 horror movie about a chainsaw wielding psycho killer. Starring Lili Taylor, Stephen Dorff and Nicole Andrews, this new film introduces us to teenage Leatherface who escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnaps a young nurse and takes her on a road trip from hell…

I’m curious about this one because I remember watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie and not hating it. If my memory serves me well, the film stood out more for the humour rather than any moments that may have terrified me. Nevertheless, I’ll of course take the necessary preventative measures against nightmares; I’ll watch Leatherface in broad daylight… like the proud wuss that I am.

Leatherface Release Dates: October 20th, 2017 (US)…

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READY PLAYER ONE (2018): New Trailer From Steven Spielberg Starring Tye Sheridan,  T.J. Miller, Ben Mendelsohn, Hannah John-Kamen… 

Ready Player One (2018)
Ready Player One (2018)

In Steven Spielberg’s latest movie Ready Player One, gamers compete inside a massive video game universe to find an ‘Easter egg’ (item, trivia or surprise buried within the game) hidden by the network’s recently deceased creator.

The finder of the Easter egg is promised the creator’s fortune. Soon enough Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) becomes the first player to successfully navigate the first level of the test, leading to a high-stakes international race to crack the game’s code. Based on the novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One also stars  Hannah John-KamenT.J. MillerBen Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance…

I haven’t read the book so my mind is threatening to race with all the twists, turns and obstacles the story is likely to have, in order to keep things interesting. The promising special effects is another key reason to watch. I refuse to let Spielberg’s last disappointing movie (The BFG, 2016) prevent me from getting excited. I am officially looking forward to this story.

Ready Player One Release Dates: March 30th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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ALPHA (2018): New Trailer From Kodi Smit-McPhee, Natassia Malthe, Leonor Varela…

Alpha (2018), Kodi Smit-McPhee
Alpha (2018), Kodi Smit-McPhee

From writer / director Albert Hughes, Alpha which stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Natassia Malthe and Leonor Varela tells a story of survival set 20,000 years ago during the last Ice Age…

 

I really want to know what this movie has to say about how the relationship between canines and man began. I’ll therefore be watching mainly for this reason but also for the promising visuals and hopefully a happy father/ son reunion.

Alpha Release Dates: March 2nd, 2018 (US)…

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KIDNAP (2017): The Thing I Liked…

Kidnap (2017), Halle Berry
Kidnap (2017), Halle Berry

My favourite thing about Kidnap, the new thriller in which Halle Berry plays a mother who stops at nothing to get back her kidnapped son is what happens between 5 and 10 minutes into the film – before the actual kidnap.

Directed by Luis Prieto, the trailer for this movie was edited well enough to have me excited. It did a good job of tapping into all the empathy I have for mothers. Particularly when their children are in real serious danger. It’s just unfortunate that some of the writing and acting had me thinking of other films where I was far more engaged and completely absorbed by the story.

During the scenes where Halle Berry’s character is in her car, in pursuit of the kidnappers and she’s alone with nothing but her thoughts – some of which she really didn’t need to verbalise, I confess that she lost me a few times. I couldn’t help but recall Tom Hardy’s brilliant work in Locke (2013)I bought absolutely every single moment of what happened in Locke and the entire film is Hardy’s character in a car with his thoughts, emotions and telephone conversations with other characters we never get to see or meet. My point being, I wish I could say I bought all that happened in Kidnap.

Kidnap is by no means the worst Halle Berry movie I’ve ever seen. It’s just definitely not the best. Watch it if you’re so compelled. Otherwise stick to the trailer, probably.

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THE FOREIGNER (2017): New Trailer From Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan…

The Foreigner (2017), Jackie Chan
The Foreigner (2017), Jackie Chan

Martin Campbell –  the director of Casino Royale (2006), a.k.a. my favourite James Bond movie of all time is the director of The Foreigner, the new Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan action / thriller set in London, England. Chan’s character is a man whose daughter is killed by an Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb. The police are not doing much to help him so he takes matters into his own hands…

This trailer could definitely have been shorter but I’m still excited because the film looks  good. I confess to having screamed ‘Jackie!’ a couple of times in delighted surprise as the trailer played. I kind of feel as though I have even more reason than usual to be proud of Jackie Chan.

First of all, the man is 63 years old and seems to be incredibly convincing physically as an action star. Second, on my trip to L.A., I took one of those open top bus tours to Beverly Hills and I saw him outside his home. To me, that means that my… what some might describe as ‘extreme joy’ at seeing him in a very promising trailer is super justified because we ‘kind of met’ once.

I definitely haven’t watched most of Chan’s movies but I’ll always be a fan because of Rush Hour 2 (2001) in particular. Without that movie, I may have never found out that contrary to what I used to believe, there is actually a way for me to enjoy karaoke after all.

Fingers crossed that the finished product proves worthy of all my enthusiasm.

The Foreigner Release Dates: October 13th, 2017 (US)…

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SHOT CALLER (2017): New Trailer From Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lake Bell, Jon Bernthal…

Shot Caller (2017), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Shot Caller (2017), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Shot Caller is the new crime / thriller starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lake Bell, Jon Bernthal and Max Greenfield. Directed by Ric Roman Waugh, Coster-Waldau is a newly released prison gangster who’s forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime on the streets of Southern California…

The initial trailer for this movie didn’t look particularly great. Plus, I’ve seen enough prison drama movies to be able to guess quite accurately the way things will progress If nothing else, this movie will will be a good reminder of just how quickly one’s life can change because of one mistake. As a fan of Mr Coster-Waldau and lady Bell, I’m willing to give Shot Caller a chance.

Shot Caller Release Dates

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