Articles tagged thriller

Gotham: Season 2, Episode 9 - “A Bitter Pill to Swallow”

Returning to a characteristically meandering, unfocused plot, this week's Gotham is at least punctuated by the promise of a fiendish friendship.

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American Horror Story - Hotel: Season 5, Episode 7 - “Flicker”

Despite introducing yet another plot line, this is actually a well-done episode that explains both the Countess's origins and her connection to the infamous Hotel Cortez, even while the other storylines flounder.

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‘Secret in Their Eyes’ Brings on Reflections of Loss After 9/11

Billy Ray's movie uses the transition of post-9/11 fears into xenophobia and forever war as backdrop, but it focuses most intently on the distractions of a hideous murder case.

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Blindspot: Season 1, Episode 9 - “Authentic Flirt”

Despite an absurd premise, near-impossible coincidences, and lazy writing, Blindspot remains at least somewhat watchable.

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American Horror Story - Hotel: Season 5, Episode 6 - “Room 33”

In another stalled mid-season episode, we find out what makes the Countess tick and why motherhood is so damn difficult despite all the modern amenities of back-alley abortions, vampirism, and nannies.

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Gotham: Season 2, Episode 8 - “Tonight’s the Night”

Barbara’s back, baby, crazy and completely captivating; it’s about time!

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‘A Black Veil for Lisa’ Isn’t Worth Unveiling

An obscure relic from late '60s European cinema, A Black Veil for Lisa is a standard giallo thriller -- minus the blood and thrills.

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Blindspot: Season 1, Episode 8 – “Persecute Envoys”

How long can Blindspot rely on unbelievable coincidence and a fantasy plot to keep the audience intrigued?

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11 Nov 2015 // 8:00 AM

‘Sunset Edge’ Presents a New Kind of Ghost Town

Set in and around an empty American trailer park, Sunset Edge is an effective thriller, focused on four teenagers who have no idea what haunting awaits them.

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‘Pitfall’ and ‘Flaxy Martin’ Have Diametrically Opposed Femmes Fatales

Pitfall presents a clammy credibility and a grasp of grown-up behavior; whereas Flaxy Martin is a plot full of unpleasant people in an unpleasant world of big-city corruption.

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Gotham: Season 2 Episode 7 - “Mommy’s Little Monster”

Upheaval seems imminent as Gotham’s proto-villains reach their emotional and psychological breaking points.

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American Horror Story - Hotel: Season 5, Episode 5 - “Room Service”

While this episode contains a few gleeful moments, like the hipster-killing huzzah and Liz Taylor's origin story, the plot barely moves at all and relies on the tired trope of vampires to keep audiences interested.

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Bond’s ‘Spectre’ Is Full of Spectacles and Stunts and Surfaces—and Some Impressive Camera Work

Spectre's first shot is precisely lovely, a dance of framing and figures, a display of craft and thoughtfulness and ingenuity. Then the rest of the film happens.

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Blindspot: Season 1, Episode 7 - “Sent on Tour”

Trying to find character among caricature; with so much time spent on the two leads, does the supporting cast matter?

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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 4 - “Baby”

Weird camera angles, hybrid monsters, and a brotherly sing-along leads us to some interesting plot developments when Supernatural puts Baby in the driver's seat.

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Gotham: Season 2, Episode 6 - “By Fire”

A few pivotal and frankly twisted moments energize Gotham in one of the second season's better episodes.

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‘The Gift’ Examines Motivations and Culpability

The Gift is an absolutely fun thriller that is subtle, smart and worth every moment.

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American Horror Story - Hotel: Season 5, Episode 4 - “Devil’s Night”

In a special Halloween episode, the story veers off the main track to play murder musical chairs with both real-life serial killers and the fictional killers within.

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‘Heart of Midnight’ Burns Slowly With Sex and Trauma

Vampishly smug and broodingly perverse, Heart of Midnight explores everything from childhood sexual trauma, post-'70s feminism, and Euro-trash horror.

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Gotham: Season 2, Episode 5 - “Scarification”

There isn't much to say about "Scarification", a seemingly random hodgepodge of unrelated expository scenes.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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