Posts Tagged ‘suspense’
William of Baskerville (Sean Connery) and Adso of Melk (Christian Slater) contemplate clues to a murder in "The Name of the Rose," a 1986 adaptation of Umberto Eco's novel.

Class of 1986: ‘The Name of the Rose’

Umberto Eco's assessment of this movie is unkind, but his book hasn't been stripped down to a tawdry whodunit. Here, the whydunit matters as much, if not more.
Samuel L. Jackson stars in "The Hateful Eight," a 2015 Weinstein Company release and the latest from writer-director Quentin Tarantino.

The Hateful Eight

Untidy and unwieldy but also quite unforgettable, Quentin Tarantino's latest is both an enraged fireside chat and a tremendously entertaining Western.

Billy Hughes (Marina Zudina) is an American makeup artist on a Moscow film set being stalked by snuff-film killers ... or is she? "Mute Witness," a 1995 thriller written and directed by Anthony Waller, is this month's "Class of ..." featured film.

Class of 1995: ‘Mute Witness’

For a film forged by favors and trial-by-fire filmmaking, it earns its place in the panoply of ’90s psychological thrillers that throw you for a loop…or six.
Liam Neeson and Joel Kinnaman play a father and son trying to survive a mobster's wrath in "Run All Night," a 2015 Warner Brothers release.

Run All Night

A well-made movie that could have been better, in which the quiet, talkie parts are more interesting than the mayhem.

Liam Neeson is a father trying to save his son from a mobster's wrath in "Run All Night," a 2015 Warner Brothers release.

Run All Night

Wheezing, limping and lumbering all night much more than it runs, Liam Neeson's most arthritic action movie to date isn't one with a number wedged in its title.
Fabrizio Rongione and Oscar nominee Marion Cotillard star in "Two Days, One Night," a 2014 French drama directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.

Two Days, One Night

A social drama with real sting & a commanding turn by Marion Cotillard, this is a fascinating field study of life on the financial fringes of the working class.

Ruddy Rodriguez stars in "The House at the End of Time" (2014).

The House at the End of Time

"The House at the End of Time" is an entertaining and suspenseful puzzle whose pieces don't match the formulaic horror film pictured on the box.
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At the Mountains of Movie Madness — Week Four

This week, Austin goes up against a bunch of films he didn't understand, including a 1950s romantic comedy, an insane French thriller and "Hot Rod."


You'll almost have to laugh at the irony after realizing that much like the title suggests, both your money and your dignity will be missing after this flick.
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A film from M. Night Shyamalan. Don't laugh, it's not as bad as you think.


Heroes of the Zeroes: Timecrimes

"Timecrimes" — an ingenious time-travel thriller filled with paradoxical nightmares — continues Nick Rogers' daily look back at the 365 best films of 2000-2009.

Heroes of the Zeroes: Thirteen Days

"Thirteen Days" — wringing situational suspense from known historical perspectives — continues Nick Rogers' daily look back at the 365 best films of 2000-2009.

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Heroes of the Zeroes: Rabbit-Proof Fence

"Rabbit-Proof Fence" — an historical drama with relentless pacing — continues Nick Rogers' look back at the 365 best films of 2000-2009.
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The Escape

This great short film knows how to use its format to show a powerful moment.