Tag Archives: Crime Thriller

My Review of ‘Shimmer Lake’ (2017)

When I heard about how this Netflix Original film told the story backwards, my first thought was of Memento. But this movie is anything but a knock-off. It’s about a bank robbery in a small town. And, like many small … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘A Kiss Before Dying’ (1956)

In many ways, this movie reminded me of A Place in the Sun, a film I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post. Except instead of a man from a humble poor family falling for the daughter of his wealthy employer … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Malone’ (1987)

This movie caught my eye recently, because I like spy thrillers or, in this case, an ex-spy thriller. The title character Richard Malone is a former CIA assassin who has, much to his employers’ dismay, given his backdated two-weeks notice. … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Bullitt’ (1968)

WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers! Okay, you’ve been warned. 🙂 This is, in my opinion, The Great Granddaddy of car chase films. It has the plot twists and turns of a great mystery, streetwise characters, and the cops who … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘This Gun for Hire’ (1942)

This is one of those movies that took me maybe five minutes in (tops!) to figure out that it was going to be awesome. Right from the get-go, the story rather explodes out of the gate in terms of its … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ (2018)

You know those movies where a bunch of strangers get together and get into hilarious mischief? This isn’t one of them. Not that you’d expect a film with this title to be anything other than what it is—a kind of … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Thief’ (1981)

I happened across this film by accident one evening, and was instantly drawn in by the description. It’s one of those heist movies in which the protagonist is a professional criminal who wants to make one last big score before … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Nox’ (2019)

I’m always awed when someone can tell a complex story in a short time. The film Nox is an excellent example of that. The opening shots of a nighttime vista of water and woods sweep across the screen, with the … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Sicario’ (2015)

I’m going to warn you right up front that I discuss enough of the plot details that you may find them a bit of a spoiler. I’ve tried to keep out a LOT, but even so, my intent is to … Continue reading

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My Review of ‘Trouble Is My Business’ (2018)

One of the nice things about Trouble Is My Business is that it makes no bones about exactly what it is. Clearly, the film is a love letter to the movies of yesteryear—specifically, those in the film noir style. Having … Continue reading

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