Movies in the Thriller genre
When J.J. Abrams released Cloverfield in 2008, it arrived cloaked in secrecy. Now, some eight years later, the film’s so-called “blood relative” (Abrams’ term, not mine), comes with a similar marketing strategy. Going-in, viewers are unlikely...
U.S. Release Date: 2016-03-11
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Disturbing Images, Profanity)
Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller
Director: Dan Trachtenberg
Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr.
12 Strong represents a recent war as depicted on screen in an old-fashioned way. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, war movies followed an established template that pitted the “good guys” (often Americans) against the “bad guys.” Such fi...
U.S. Release Date: 2018-01-19
MPAA Rating: "R" (War Violence, Profanity)
Director: Nicolai Fuglsig
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, ...
Danny Boyle doesn't believe in doing the same thing twice. After the rousing success of the romantic fantasy Slumdog Millionaire, he has switched not only gears but continents to tell the true story of Aron Ralston in 127 Hours, an "action film wit...
U.S. Release Date: 2010-11-05
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Sexual Content)
Director: Danny Boyle
Cast: James Franco
Benghazi. Few words have become more politicized in the last decade than this one, the Libyan city where, on September 11, 2012, two U.S. diplomatic compounds were sacked and four men (including Ambassador Chris Stevens) killed. It became a political...
U.S. Release Date: 2016-01-15
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Director: Michael Bay
Cast: John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber, ...
When I think of director Richard Donner, my mind gravitates toward titles like Superman and Lethal Weapon - high points in the filmmaker's career. Recently, however, Donner's output has been less impressive, and includes the bloated excess of Assa...
U.S. Release Date: 2006-03-03
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Director: Richard Donner
Cast: Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse
If this is what it's really like to spend a couple days in the San Fernando Valley during the hottest time of the year, then, like W.C. Fields, I'd rather be in Philadelphia. Actually, for a movie that's so precise about time (one of the char...
U.S. Release Date: 1996-09-27
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Sexual Content, Nudity, Profanity)
Director: John Herzfeld
Cast: Danny Aiello, Eric Stoltz, James Spader, ...
Fast pacing and a high energy level can cover a lot of sins, and nowhere is that more evident that in 2 Guns. The storyline contains some ridiculous elements and the climax is more like a coalescence of chaos than a legitimate conclusion, but it so...
U.S. Release Date: 2013-08-02
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Director: Baltasar Kormakur
Cast: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, ...
21 is a perfect example of how something that's "based" on a true story can nevertheless exist mainly in the realm of fiction. While it's true that the source material for the movie, Ben Mezrich's Bringing Down the House relates events that actuall...
U.S. Release Date: 2008-03-28
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Situations)
Director: Robert Luketic
Cast: Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, ...
211 (the name refers to the police code for a robbery) is a frustrating crime thriller that incorporates too many plot threads into the overall narrative at the expense of character identification, suspense, and emotional heft. Despite a high ...
U.S. Release Date: 2018-06-08
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Director: York Alec Shackleton
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Dwayne Cameron, Sophie Skelton, ...
Another week, another disappointing summer sequel. So it goes… In actuality, the screenplay for 28 Weeks Later isn't all that bad. Sure, it's repetitious and much of it has been regurgitated from 2003's 28 Days Later, but it contains some in...
U.S. Release Date: 2007-05-11
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Situations)
Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Cast: Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Catherine McCormack, ...