Articles tagged thriller

Beware Strangers Bearing Literary Quotes

In Mojave, an effective thriller struggles under the weight of its intellectual pretensions.

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The Modernization of Japan, a Corrupt Military, and Lady Snowblood

More than just bloody revenge movies, a number of thematic strands and political critiques run beneath the pulp surface of these two Lady Snowblood films.

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‘Intruders’ Plays With Genre, But Not Enough to Stand Out

Director Adam Schindler’s first film shows promise, but its' lack of distinguishing features hold it back.

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American Horror Story - Hotel: Season 5, Episode 12 - “Be Our Guest”

In the season finale, the series-long question of, "Is love worse than loneliness?" finally gets a definitive answer, along with several fitting ends for our leads.

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Heroes and Politics in ‘13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’

The world in this version of Benghazi is both awful and glorious, outsized and shrinking, poignant and repetitive.

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Not This Again… ‘Sinister 2’

Take the advice of the kids being forced to watch horror scenes in this film. You won't want to watch any more, either.

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American Horror Story - Hotel: Season 5, Episode 11 - “Battle Royale”

The dirty, stinky, gross side of rock 'n' roll throws up Sally's back-story, and all the characters are united in their aim to off the Countess once and for all in this episode.

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There Are No Accidents on ‘Mulholland Drive’

David Lynch's film unfolds in a series of desires, warnings, and deals that are often made under duress by unseen malevolent forces, or motivated by darkness within.

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Sexual Climates in ‘Black Angel’

Primarily a story of excessive sexual leisure, a story of genuine passion emerges in Tinto Brass' Black Angel.

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Childhood’s End: Eps. 1-3, “The Overlords”, “The Deceivers”, “The Children”

Childhood's End is a well-crafted adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's classic; SyFy would be wise to do more of these, and fewer Sharknados.

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‘The Revenant’ Holds the Audience Within Its Whirlwind

Apocalyptic filigree and bravura filmmaking aside, The Revenant keeps coming back to an old, bloody story: good man chases bad man for doing bad things to good man.

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What Can Be Said About ‘I Spit On your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine’?

This can be said: spit this one out.

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Sharp Objects, Dull Wits: The ‘80s Flashback of ‘Savage Weekend’ and ‘Lisa’

These films were rescued from old VHS and late-night TV, but why?

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American Horror Story - Hotel: Season 5, Episode 9 - “She Wants Revenge”

Completely foregoing the Detective John Lowe story really allows the entertaining and interesting plot lines to shine in this episode.

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‘Body’ Feels More Dead Than Alive

There are glimmers of hope in Body, but it isn't executed as well as it could be and suffers from a lack of distinctiveness.

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Believe the Hype: ‘Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation’ Is One of 2015’s Best Action Films

If you're looking for a fun popcorn movie in which likable characters do amazing things in exotic locales, then you are going to love Rogue Nation.

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‘Stray Cat Rock’ Is a Straight Hit of Japanese Delirium

Stray Cat Rock offers violent teen rebel action -- with songs.

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Down and Out in Hollywood: ‘Slam Dance’

A stylish exercise in new wave chic, Slam Dance is an engaging thriller that epitomizes Hollywood's slumming culture of the '80s.

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American Horror Story - Hotel: Season 5, Episode 8 - “The Ten Commandments Killer”

Beautifully crafted scenes, amazing one-liners, and plenty of clues still lead to the most underwhelming reveal, proving again that American Horror Story thrives on details, but can't ever deliver on the basic, main plot.

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Gotham: Season 2 Episode 11 - “Worse Than a Crime”

Despite a few delightful moments of sinister silliness, Gotham's uneven mid-season finale is mostly disappointingly bland and melodramatic, fizzling out much anticipation for the show's return in the spring.

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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 12 - "Don't You Forget About Me"

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"In another stand-alone episode, there's a lot of teen drama and some surprises, but not much potential.

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