Articles tagged thriller

There’s No Cure for Fakeness in ‘A Cure for Wellness’

Fox's unfortunate campaign for this film -- even the idea of it -- is exponentially more interesting than the film it meant to promote.

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Westworld’s “Trompe L’Oeil” Is a Placeholder Episode With a Jaw-Dropping Twist

Mid-season, Westworld may be marking time, but shocks and reversals still abound.

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‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ Kills It

Chad Stahelski’s master class in operatic violence gives you everything you expect in thrillingly unexpected ways.

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Paranoia’s on the Wing in ‘No Highway in the Sky’

James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich star in an early airplane disaster picture.

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Maeve Ascends as More ‘Westworld’ Secrets are Revealed in “The Adversary”

Despite the ubiquity of corporate intrigue and maze imagery, "The Adversary" delivers another fascinating episode.

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27 Jan 2017 // 12:00 PM

Sundance 2017: ‘Wind River’ + ‘The Force’

Two new films at the Sundance Film Festival -- a murder mystery and a vérité documentary -- ask the same two questions: who has the authority to dispense justice, and with how much violence?

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‘Westworld’s “Contrapasso” Episode Suggests Dehumanization and Dante’s Nine Circles of Hell

The narrative pivots and complicates the reality of Westworld in "Contrapasso". The show is about the most HBO-ized episode of an HBO drama ever produced.

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Sundance 2017: ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ + ‘I Don’t Feel at Home in This World’

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival opens with two films about making the world a better place -- in two very different ways.

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One of Them Is Not One of Us in M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’

The movie's version of Dissociative Identity Disorder is not science, but metaphor, and horror movie metaphor at that.

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For Better or Worse ‘Detour’ Plows Ahead

Christopher Smith's new noir outing is a scuzzy and flawed 90 minutes, elevated by a compelling, three-pronged cast.

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Curtis Hanson’s Sunny, Sinister ‘L.A. Confidential’

The late director's sprawling adaptation remains the ultimate tabloid film noir.

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Secret Identities and Secret Codes in Ken Hughes and Jack Gold Films

The Internecine Project and Who?: Two twisty, methodical, unusual thrillers whose heroes are masters of secret codes.

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The Lack of Imagination in ‘The Bye Bye Man’ Is Vexing

The Bye Bye Man's illogic is typical of horror movies.

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Stone Dead: Murder and Myth in ‘Medousa’

A wry tale which takes in Greek mythology, punk rock and influences of American suspense-drama, this is an effective and curious thriller about myth and obsession.

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‘Arsenal’: Saving Your Brother From Himself

This small entertaining genre movie about the strengths and dangers of brotherhood transcends its shortcomings.

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The Criterion Edition of ‘Cat People’ Leaves an indelible Impression

The horror master Val Lewton is immortalized in this excellent reissue of his first (and possibly best) film, Cat People.

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‘Patriots Day’ Is Heavy With Exasperating Fiction

Tommy (Mark Wahlberg) embodies a troubling fiction, the one where one man can "fix it". Sometimes, that fiction is inspiring. Sometimes, it's exasperating.

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Two Cursed Creatures: ‘The Undying Monster’ and ‘The Lodger’

John Brahm's handsome expressionist thrillers get Blu-ray upgrades.

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Home Alone: Laird Koenig’s ‘The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane’

Novelist Laird Koenig managed to capture the world of children with an exactitude that is rare nowadays. His children are often sagacious -- and sometimes they're sociopaths.

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‘Nocturnal Animals’ Is a Riveting Cinematic Mess

Though Tom Ford's follow-up to A Single Man derails at the end, getting there proves to be a thoroughly exhilarating experience.

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