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Friday, April 17 2015

'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.

Wednesday, June 6 2012

Thriller Slumming: 'Safe House'

The highly respected Denzel Washington does solid work and lifts the overall quality of this film, but it still raises questions about why he keeps taking this type of role.

Thursday, February 9 2012

'Safe House' Is Ersatz Edgy

This distinction between what the film's designated pros know and what you know -- or can guess, based on your experience with these sorts of films -- quickly turns tedious in Safe House.


Friday, February 10 2012

A Far Too Safe... and Strained... 'House'

Failing to entertain is one thing. Wasting Washington et. al., that's something else all together.


Thursday, February 9 2012

Swedish director Daniel Espinosa took an unusual approach with ‘Safe House’

LOS ANGELES — When Universal Pictures hired Daniel Espinosa to direct its rogue CIA agent thriller “Safe House,” the studio knew it was rolling the dice.

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