Browsing: Thriller

SXSW 2017 small town crime

John Hawkes is one of those familiar faces, so often popping up in a supporting role, like in Winter’s Bone or Martha Marcy May Marlene, and regardless of the amount of screen time he is granted, absolutely slays. He’s the kind of actor that…

SXSW 2017 The Honor Farm_1

We, the audience, have an agreement in place with filmmakers when it comes to thrillers, horrors, and the like: we’ll take your build up, if you deliver a payoff. We are content to sit in mystery, to have plot points and little beats piled on top of us, because deep down…

SXSW 2017 Prevenge_1

Most of the time when you say “pregnancy” and “horror” in the same sentence, you’re usually talking about something either pre-pregnancy or post-pregnancy. We’ve had plenty of films featuring demonic children or satanic conception, placing the impetus of the fear…

Reviews Headshot_1

It took me about 40 minutes to give up on Headshot being anything approaching what you could call a “complete film.” That isn’t to say that it isn’t enjoyable. For those looking for violence, decently executed fights in the hands of skilled fighters, and orifices from which to bleed…

Reviews miss-sloane-1

What a difference a year makes. What a difference a month makes. If Miss Sloane, a slightly above average political thriller fueled by a fiercely committed performance from Jessica Chastain, had arrived in multiplexes last year or even last month (pre- not post-presidential election), it would have seemed like a…

Reviews the-girl-on-the-train

If Tate Taylor’s (Get On Up, The Help, Winter’s Bone) adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ 2015 bestselling novel, The Girl on the Train, is any indication (it’s not, but let’s pretend it is), the patriarchy – white, male, entitled – is alive and well in suburbia. On the outside looking in -– like the protagonist, Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt), who…

SXSW 2016 hush 1

I came to the horror genre late. There’s a story that involves Killer Klowns and a terrified little boy, but that’s a story for another time. The experience led me to miss out on years of genuine scares because once you become an adult, it gets a lot harder to be scared. Regardless of the frequency…

SXSW 2016 american fable 1

It can be really nice to go into a film blank. No expectations, no idea, no concern. It’s the way we most classically enjoy stories. Someone just starts talking and you listen, letting them aurally guide you on a journey to some mystery location. So I urge you, don’t read this review, at least not yet. Go against…

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