Happy Death Day Directed By: Christopher Landon Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken, Laura Clifton Rated: PG-13 Run Time: 1h 36min Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller 2 Frames out of 5 By: Shari K. Green Happy Death Day is produced by Jason Blum, who produced Purge, Ouija, The Gift, […]
The Commuter – In theaters January 12, 2018 Starring Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, Elizabeth McGovern Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra Written by Byron Willinger & Philip de Blasi In this action-packed thriller, Liam Neeson plays Michael, an insurance salesman, whose daily commute home quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a […]
mother! is in theaters september 15!! Check it out at youllneveranswerthedooragain.com Written and Directed by: Darren Aronofsky Starring: Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. This is a riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice. […]
FIRST TRAILER FOR THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER BRIMS WITH SUSPENSE STEEPED IN SUBURBAN GREEK TRAGEDY. From Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (THE LOBSTER, DOGTOOTH), starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman. – IN THEATERS OCTOBER 27 – Visit The Killing of a Sacred Deer WEBSITE: http://bit.ly/TheKillingOfASacredDeer… Like The Killing of a Sacred Deer on FACEBOOK: http://bit.ly/TheKillingOfASacredDeerFB […]
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer Written by: Darren Aronofsky A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and […]
Some fears are beyond conception mother! is in theaters September 15 Directed by: Darren Aronofsky Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Kristen Wiig and Michelle Pfeiffer A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), mother! […]
Welcome to Suburbicon! A town of great wonder and excitement. Built with the promise of prosperity for all. Directed by: George Clooney Starring: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Noah Jupe and Oscar Isaac Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns…the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, […]
Atomic Blonde Directed by: David Leitch Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella and Toby Jones Rated: R Runtime: 115 min Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller 3 Frames out of 5 By: Shari K. Green Perfect for the summer heat, this is a fun, exciting and […]
Michael Fassbender (X-Men series), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), Val Kilmer (Heat) and Academy Award® winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) star in The Snowman, a terrifying thriller from director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), based on Jo Nesbø’s global bestseller. When an elite crime squad’s lead detective (Fassbender) investigates […]
My Cousin Rachel Directed by: Roger Michell Starring: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Andrew Havill, Holliday Grainger and Iain Glen Rated: PG-13 Run Time: 1h 46mins Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance 2 1/2 Frames out of 5 By: Shari K. Green My Cousin Rachel starts with a letter from one cousin to the other; […]
20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, “Murder on the Orient Express” tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect. Kenneth Branagh directs and leads an all-star cast including Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, […]
Buster’s Mal Heart Directed by: Sarah Adina Smith Starring: Rami Malek, DJ Qualls and Kate Lyn Sheil Rated: Not Rated Run Time: 96min Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller 3 ½ Frames out of 5 By: Shari K. Green Writer/Director, Sarah Adina Smith, starts us off with Buster’s, journey. A very odd, non-linear, journey but […]
The Dinner Directed by: Oren Moverman Starring: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Hall, Adepero Oduye, Michael Chernus and Chloë Sevigny Rated: R Run Time: 2h Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller 3 ½ Frames out of 5 By: Shari K. Green Oren Moverman’s (The Messenger, Love and Mercy) screenplay and film, based on the […]
STARRING Joel Edgerton, Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo and Kelvin Harrison Jr. WRITTEN BY Trey Edward Shults DIRECTED BY Trey Edward Shults Trey Edward Shults’ highly anticipated horror-thriller stunned critics at a secret screening at the famed Timberline Lodge this past weekend. Watch Joel Edgerton give us the rules for survival in terrifying new trailer..
ATOMIC BLONDE – July 28, 2017 Oscar® winner Charlize Theron explodes into summer in Atomic Blonde, a breakneck action-thriller that follows MI6’s most lethal assassin through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors. The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) […]
Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.
Director: David F. Sandbert
Starring: Miranda Otto, Javier Botet, Stephanie Sigman and Anthony LaPaglia
I had a chat with fellow Wisconsin native turned L.A. filmmaker, Hunter Adams, about his new release, Dig Two Graves, which is available to watch on iTunes and at a theatre near you. His film is a suspenseful thriller that is summed up perfectly by its tagline. ‘A young girl’s obsession with her brother’s […]
Dig Two Graves Directed by: Hunter Adams Starring: Ted Levine, Samantha Isler, Danny Goldring and Troy Ruptash Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery Run Time: 1h 25min 3 ½ Frames out of 5 By Shari K. Green The Chinese proverb, ‘When you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves,’ is where the […]
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz and Nora von Waldstätten
Run Time: 1h 45min
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
4 Frames out of 5
By: Shari K. Green
With the roles she’s choosing, Kristen Steward has been redefining herself, and this part was a wise decision made by both she and director Olivier Assayas (Clouds of Sils Maria.) Having worked with her in the past he knew that when he needed an actress to pull off the look of someone pained and tormented and to also be engaging that Stewart was the best choice. She was his supporting character is Clouds but this time she carries the entire film as Maureen. The film is a bit hard to follow at first but give it time.
You’re in the hands of a filmmaker who doesn’t want to reveal anything too soon. Pacing and all things becoming revealed in due time are critically important.
At first, it’s hard to distinguish what exactly is going on with Maureen. She’s dark and distant but at the twenty-eight-minute mark, you learn that her twin brother had died of the heart defect they both have. Not only is she sad, she’s lonely and fears for her own health. When this comes to light it explains the very beginning of the film where she quietly walks through a dark house looking to make contact with a spirit.
She’s a young American woman working in Paris as a personal shopper for a celebrity during the day but at night she’s a brooding sister waiting for her brother who, before he passed away, promised he’d make contact with her after his death. They had a pact that whoever died first, the other would reach out from the other side and give them a sign. She goes to the house she once shared with her brother and hopes to see a manifestation or feel something encouraging so that maybe she can move on with the rest of her life but it doesn’t happen so fast.
The audience is on a psychological journey with someone who may very well be better off in treatment but the way the film is rolled out; you don’t pick up on that too soon. There’s a certain strain put on you to understand Maureen because she seems so fragile but at the same time you’re getting frustrated at some of the decisions she’s making. Like when she receives text messages from a stranger and she begins to engage. What so good about this, outside of the overall tone, is it keeps you wondering, is it her brother or is it no one? Is this happening or is it in her head? With precision, Assayas does an incredible job of leading you into the trap you don’t see coming. He uses sound and music as he takes you on this trip where you’re on the edge of your seat for the entire ride, but he doesn’t really end up showing you much of anything. It’s a refreshing take on the subject and it’s a beautiful piece of art.
Personal Shopper can be creepy at times and those moments are done with a special technique. She becomes more upset, desperate and even frantic. The more she does, the more engaged with her character you become. Maureen, the personal shopper and the girl looking for a spirit, seem to be in two different movies. Kristen Stewart is so good that these two different entities become one in the end. She makes what Personal Shopper is, so special. She keeps you vested with slight changes to her character and Assayas uses everything in his power to keep from exposing the tortured young soul too soon without losing you in the meantime. Personal Shopper is gripping and intense and a movie I’d have to recommend you see as soon as you can.
Written and directed by: Hunter Adams Starring: Ted Levine (Shutter Island, Silence of the Lambs) Samantha Isler (Captain Fantastic, TV’s “Supernatural”) Danny Goldring (The Dark Knight, The Fugitive)
Ann Sonneville (“Chicago P.D.,”) Troy Ruptash (TV’s “General Hospital,” “Prison Break,”) After 13-year-old Jacqueline Mather (Samantha Isler) loses her brother in a mysterious drowning accident she is soon visited by 3 moonshiners who offer to bring her brother back to life, but at a grim cost. As the dark history of her grandfather, Sheriff Waterhouse (Ted Levine) is unearthed, the true intentions of the moonshiners come to light.