Articles tagged thriller

‘Wayward Pines’ Tinkers With Familiar Strangeness

Mixing together the perfection of Wisteria Lane, the damp environs of Twilight, and Twin Peaks, Wayward Pines is an intriguing collection of the familiar.

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You Can Tell Where ‘True Story’ Is Going Five Minutes In

No matter how much the ruthless male leads of this film (Jonah Hill and James Franco) try to control the narrative, it's all too obvious where their lie-fueled story is going.

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‘Child 44’ Is a Suspenseless Soviet-Era Misstep

By adding too many subplots and political asides to the true story of Soviet serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, Child 44 becomes a deadly bore.

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30 Mar 2015 // 8:20 AM

Exit Life, Pursued by a Bear: ‘Backcountry’

This indie horror flick finds a young couple stranded in the woods looking for safety in an uncaring natural world.

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An Interview with ‘Two Faces of January’ Writer-Director Hossein Amini

"There’s something about identity I think is very fascinating and the idea of people having secrets and I think we all have that in our life."

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You Can’t Know the Answer in ‘Enemy’

Director Denis Villeneuve's most successful film to date is a baffling mood piece, a puzzle designed with no solution.

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‘The Monkey’s Paw’ Is Not a Bad Little Film

This low-budget thriller manages a few creepy moments.

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Forget Boy Scout; Jack Ryan Is an Eagle Scout to the Extreme

In his latest incarnation, Jack Ryan is always the most observant, most competent, most morally upstanding guy in the room.

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‘Fallen Land’: A Provocative Descent from Ambition to Madness

Unorthodox literary tactics imbue Fallen Land with psychological drama, keen social commentary, and riveting suspense all at once.

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‘Mr. Peanut’: Malice in Marriage

Mr. Peanut never truly takes off: it merely stays mired in the failings of marriage without anything resembling an in-depth look at why some people are so unhappy in their unions.

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In ‘Dog Blood’, One is Meant to Love—Or At Least Relate To—Thy Hater

Imagine a George A. Romero zombie flick told from the point-of-view of the zombies. It wouldn’t work, because we would have to empathize with the antagonists, which would make them seem a little less terrifying.

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The record will show that Michael Jackson died June 25, but in many ways he was dead creatively long before that. The beginning of the end

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The Narcissist’s Daughter by Craig Holden

One of the better literary thrillers I’ve read in a long while, a revenge tale that twists into a well-constructed edge-of-your- sofa-cushion murder story.

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Manhattan Nocturne: by Colin Harrison

The story turns on the fate of two illicitly filmed voyeur videos – the saddest and strangest sexual encounters ever conceived.

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12 Feb 2008 // 1:23 AM

Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ turns 25

It should be a no-brainer. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the biggest-selling album in music history by reworking several of its best-known hits with today’

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17 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

Blaze by Richard Bachman

Calamity follows lonely, brain-damaged Clayton Blaisdell Jr. in Blaze, written 30 years ago.

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Anthony Hopkins takes another villainous turn in ‘Fracture’

Hopkins: "When I tell people that I just learn my lines and that's all there is to it, my wife thinks that I'm putting down the craft of acting."

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13 Apr 2007 // 2:00 AM

Perfect Stranger (2007)

While it begins dully enough for an investigative thriller, Perfect Stranger quickly skids off into abject foolishness.

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11 Apr 2007 // 4:42 AM

Halle Berry’s Academy Award has made all the difference

"There was a time, before Oscar, when I could not have even got in the room with certain directors."

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30 Mar 2007 // 3:21 AM

The Lookout (2007)

Gordon-Levitt makes Chris' efforts to look at himself honestly seem quite complicated, a series of steps both typical and original.

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'Wanted' Is a Spaghetti Western That Will Leave You Wanting

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"The charisma of Giuliano Gemma and some stellar action sequences can't save this sub-par spaghetti western.

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