Category: thriller

REVIEW: mother! (2017)

"Mother" (Jennifer Lawrence) wakes up in an isolated house in the country, where she lives with "Him" (Javier Bardem) her poet husband who suffers terribly from writer's block. When a stranger (Ed Harris) unexpectedly arrives with a not-entirely-truthful story, closely followed by his wife (Michelle Pfieffer) it propels mother onto an increasingly threatening emotional journey. ...

REVIEW: Villain (2010)

Villain, a Japanese drama directed by Lee Sang-il, is a curious experience. It's about the murder of a young woman along a country road, although its focus is very much on those still-living who are affected by her death. At no point is the identity of the killer ever in doubt, indeed we spent the ...

REVIEW: Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014)

A police officer in a northern Chinese city is the sole survivor of a horrifying shoot-out that leaves both criminals and his fellow officers dead. Five years later, he is an alcoholic security guard. A former colleague drags him back into the fold when his last police case, long thought closed, suddenly swings open with ...

REVIEW: The Commuter (2018)

Michael MacCauley (Liam Neeson) is a former police detective turned insurance salesman. Each day he takes the Hudson line into New York City and back again, sharing his train with a familiar group of fellow passengers. One day Michael is unexpectedly laid off from his employer. On the way home, he is approached on the ...

REVIEW: Glass (2019)

Security consultant David Dunn (Bruce Willis) secretly boasts super-strength and is close to indestructible, and patrols the streets of Philadelphia in a hooded raincoat. When he tracks down serial killer Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) - a man with several competing personalities, one of which is a deranged killer known as the Beast with similar ...

REVIEW: The Looming Storm (2017)

Yu Guowei (Duhan Yihong) is a security guard working in a rain-soaked industrial town in 1997. When a serial killer begins murdering local woman, Yu's independent investigation becomes a personal obsession. It threatens his position at the factory where he works, as well as a growing relationship with sex worker-turned-hairdresser Yanzi (Jiang Yiyan). The Looming Storm, produced ...

REVIEW: The First Purge (2018)

In the near future, the American economy has collapsed to the point where the freshly elected "New Founding Fathers of America" enact a social experiment: seal off New York's Staten Island for 24 hours, during which time all crimes become legal. For the impoverished citizens of the island, each of whom is paid $5,000 to ...