“The Girl on the Train” a Suspense Filled Mystery

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Captivating and suspenseful the movie The Girl on the Train takes you into the mind of a witness to murder. The intriguing film hooks you from the beginning, tantalizes with possible suspects and then leads you down a path to a deadly finale. Taken from a bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins, the movie gets a Hollywood make over true to the book. Be forewarned the story gets a little contrived, but it doesn’t ruin the overall melodramatic experience. Read more

“Careful What You Wish For”, a Walk to the Wild Side

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The big thing going for the movie Careful What You Wish For is Nick Jonas in the lead and a plot that’s not been run into the ground, yet. Tailoring to the teen and twenties set, the film takes on a dark side as it progresses until there’s seemingly no way out for a teen that dares to take a walk on the wild side. The very popular Nick Jonas should attract a huge interest with the older teen set, but not enough to make the DVD a winner. Read more

“Nerve”, It’s a Game You Dare Not Play

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Targeted at teens the movie Nerve sets up a very dangerous game that involves taking huge chances and cheating death. The film has adequate acting and able direction, but the storyline does have elements of the impossible. While it’s just a movie to create thrills and suspense, it’s kind of fun to watch, especially the risky scenes involving the dares. Read more

Amnesiac, a Twisted Tale of the Macabre

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Disturbing, terrifying and creepy the film Amnesiac takes you into the unknown much like an episode from The Twilight Zone. Now on home video the movie takes you into a mystery that has some cool twists. Even though the movie lags while attempting to keep you in the dark, the eeriness and strange pace of Director Mia Barron’s film is just what the doctor ordered for a darkened room with you a friend and your DVD player. Read more

Strangerland, Captivating and Stunning

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Taking on a daring role and giving a very good performance, Nicole Kidman works her magic in Strangerland. Taking her back to her Australian roots, Kidman looks like she’s right at home in the vast openness of the unbridled territory. The captivating film has a fine cast and incredibly stunning cinematography that uplifts the good, but somewhat challenging storyline. Now available on DVD and Blu-ray. Read more

The Gift, a Spellbinding Thriller

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The perfect expense thriller The Gift entertains those who like their dramas filled with mystery. Packed with a punch, the movie sets up an intriguing story, moves along with a good tempo, become very compelling then turns the table with a finale that you thought you saw coming, but not the twist. It has all the necessary elements of good acting, direction and photography that work together to make the cunning story work. Read more

Survivor, A Cat and Mouse thriller

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The exciting thriller Survivor now on Blu-ray and DVD takes audiences on a wild ride through the streets of London. Starring Milla Jovovich as the hunted, Survivor has a good storyline, a solid well known supporting cast and able direction. While most of the film has edge of your seat action, the story may give you a hint of déjà vu if you have seen the movie SALT. That said the chase scenes in Survivor combined with Jovovich’s intensity are well worth the watch. Read more

Roadside, a Run of the Mill Killer Thriller

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Taking a low budget film to extreme the movie Roadside makes 10 hours seem like real time. Now on DVD the mystery thriller takes the audience into the dark side of reason with startling results. Although the mechanics of the production are not up to par, the story reaches above average suspense even though it may seem familiar to those who frequently watch the genre. A higher budget, a few more rehearsals and better nighttime camera work could have saved this admirable attempt. Read more

It Follows, a Daunting Teen Sex Chiller

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Very daunting, compelling, edgy and different the chiller It Follows takes you on a horror ride where sex is key and death the consequence. The disturbing film takes on a complex storyline and sorts it all out during the finale. Perfect for fans that like a good scare and staying with you for a long time after leaving the theater. The movie should do well at the box-office with the teens and twenties being target audience. Read more

Something Wicked, an Evil Tale

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The compelling evil mystery Something Wicked comes out on DVD this week and it’s actually pretty good for the genre. The direction does get off kilter a bit, but the acting makes up for it. The twists tighten up in the finale so keep trying to figure it out, after all that’s the fun in it. The best way to watch the film is with a group of friends, late night with a loved one or just a few gal pals and a bottle of whatever. Read more

“Odd Thomas” A Supernatural Thriller

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How this gem slipped through the cracks at a local theater I’ll never know because Odd Thomas is a mystery thriller that entertains, big time. If you like movies with a lot of excitement this film has it all, a good story by writer Dean Koontz, fine acting that includes Anton Yelchin and director of The Mummy Stephen Sommers.  Grab a copy, plop down in front of your man cave big screen, open your favorite refreshment and press play! Oh, and don’t be afraid to let your cave women join you for this one, especially for the supernatural twister of a thrill-ride. The film is now available on Blu-ray and DVD or in a combo pack for home viewing. Read more

“Black Water Vampire” Lost in the Woods

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Looking like a sequel to The Blair Witch Project the movie The Black Water Vampire tries to be a horror film, but comes up lame.  The hour and a half film wanders, becomes repetitive and then finally gets some guts to the story.  Direction by first timer Evan Tramel just doesn’t make the grade for this outing, although his camera management does show promise. The newbie actors just walk through the motions of their docu-type characters, while excellent make-up and prosthetic artists put on a great show. Read more