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Mystery

Despite the fact that I flat-out couldn’t finish The Polar Express and have no idea how it ends, I feel like Night Train would make a perfect sequel.  It’s a creepy, Christmasy tale set entirely on a …
To Catch a Thief is not remembered as being one of Hitchcock's best... in fact the "mystery" is so obvious right from the start that the revelation at the end of the identity of the true cat burglar f…
Somehow an "elegant thriller" titled Stoker about a young woman whose estranged uncle surfaces after the death of her father conjures up spooky, noirish notions of vampires and writerly types. It also…
When I see TV mini-series like BBC's excellent State of Play, I'm reminded of how the TV medium can be as powerful as the big screen, if just given half a chance. And I'm also reminded how U.S. TV net…
I don't think any amount of praise can really do To Kill A Mockingbird justice. To begin with, there is Harper Lee's book, which is arguably one of the most perfect stories ever written, and was (amaz…
There is a scene in Page Eight that is a stellar as any you'll see all year in any film. The fact that it takes place in a board room, and the crackling tension circles around a sentence on a piece of…
Based on the play Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad, Incendies introduces various characters that are destined to collide in a way that would befit a Greek tragedy. In the present day, college-age twins Jeann…
Zac Ephron stars as Jack Jansen, the virginal son of a newspaperman who tags along as his brother, Ward (Matthew McConaughey), investigates the case of Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack), a backwater ps…
M. Night Shyamalan's film, The Village, is creepy as hell. It is also a great showcase for audience rudeness, as the bunch I was unfortunate enough to be in the vicinity of during the show did not qui…
It's a confusing thing to move to an old family mansion with your new wife, only to discover that you're the reincarnated version of one of your ancestors. It's confusing if you're Quentin Collins (Da…
The only thing I remember about the first time that I saw Blue Velvet many many years ago was the now iconic moment where kinky sadist Dennis Hopper inhales a deep breath from an oxygen mask before ca…
I'm starting to think 88 Minutes was designed as some sort of gauntlet for Al Pacino's talent. It seems like someone actually sat down and said, "Hey, let's give Al this really weak script, send him o…