Review – ‘The Courier’

The UK has a monopoly on the kind of stiff-upper-lip-MI6 spy thriller genre that occasionally delivers an ice-cold classic like ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’. With a name like Benedict Cumberbatch involved, I was interested to see how the real life story of ‘The Courier’ would turn out. Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) an ordinary salesman, gets …

Review – ‘The Sinners’

You’d think Pretty Little Liars meets Se7en would have a little more skin on its bones than what The Sinners cooks up, but alas this after school special is just as exciting as watching paint dry. Seven students at a Catholic high school form a secret clique where each of them embody one of the …

Review – ‘Boss Level’

Boss Level, Joe Carnahan’s first movie in six years, is a surprisingly fun action fueled stunt epic. Carnahan isn’t a stranger to big action spectacles, as he was also responsible for directing The A-Team. Frank Grillo (Kingdom) is here to lead the over-the-top and delightfully absurd time loop film without much trouble. Former special forces …

Review – ‘I Care a Lot’

Written and directed by J Blakeson, ‘I Care a Lot’ attempts to satirically comment on the pursuit of the American Dream, but the lack of cutting edge storytelling leaves the only cutting edge thing to be Rosamund Pike’s razor sharp bob.  The dark comedy released through Netflix (depending on the country you’re in this could …

Review – ‘The Owners’

Home invasion thrillers are a specific type of thriller we see at least once a year. Some good, some bad. The Owners stars a former Doctor Who and a Game of Thrones star, and although its synopsis sounds a lot like Don’t Breathe this adaption from the graphic novel ‘Une Nuit de Pleine Lune’ from creators Hermann and Yves …

Review – ‘Red Dot’

Alain Darborg’s Red Dot offers everything you would expect from a survival thriller but struggles to bring anything new to the table.  Netflix’s first-offering of an original Swedish-language feature brings us to the vast snowy landscapes of the Swedish countryside, accompanied by young, married couple Nadja (Nanna Blondell) and David (Anastasios Soulis). Their marriage is …

Review – ‘The Little Things’

Buffalo Bill, John Doe, … whatever their name may be, the movies have always loved serial killers. Their sick and twisted minds tangled in a game of wits with a seasoned detective and, as screenwriting 101 will have it, a rookie cop trying to prove something. ‘The Little Things’ tries to add a new name …

Review – ‘The Night’

Shahab Hosseini as ‘Babak Naderi’ in Kourosh Ahari’s THE NIGHT. Courtesy of IFC Midnight. An IFC Midnight Release. I’m not that well versed in the Iranian cinema landscape, but what I have seen has left me pleasantly surprised. From the unusual vampire flick ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’ to the chilling ‘Under the …

Review – ‘Girl’

Chad Faust, mostly known for his acting career, has made the big step to directing. For his first feature film, ‘Girl’ he was able to attract none other than Academy Award nominee, Mickey Rourke and actor Bella Thorne. A revenge thriller with a bad ass female lead? Yes, please. In ‘Girl’, A young woman (Bella …

Hulu Review – ‘Run’

Diane (Sarah Paulson) and Chloe (Kiera Allen), shown.(Photo by: Allen Fraser/Hulu) Director Aneesh Chaganty’s first two films have a common theme: parenting gone wrong. Where ‘Searching’ followed a father in search of his missing daughter, visionary shown through the use of social media and screens that can be found all over the house, his newest …