Gabrielle Union has come a long way since she waved those Pom-Poms in the air talking about “Go Clovers” and telling us its cold in here. Since then she has always shown strength and characters in her roles as a tough woman who works hard for what she wants. Now she joins a list of women who star in their own thriller where she will play someone who kicks butt and takes names by any means necessary. A couple of examples that come to mind are Beyoncé in Obsessed and No Good Deeds with Taraji P. Henson. I recommend seeing both titles by the way. It’s Union’s turn up to bat as she stars in her own thriller where she plays a single mom who has to protect her family from home invaders in the movie Breaking In.
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Aside from a great performance from Gabrielle Union, the movie scripts and execution fell under many clichés and troupes most people are familiar with leaving the movie to be lost in an ocean of typical thrillers blended in with the rest and most likely soon forgotten. So close to Mother’s day, this was the perfect time to release a film like this. A single mother of two, who is visiting the home she grew up in after her Father’s passing, is interrupted by some intruders who have their own specific agenda. What makes this particular film different is that while most plotlines involves escaping the invasion, Union’s character Shaun is trying to break in and rescue her children who are kept hostage while the intruders complete their mission.
While Robert Sheehan and David Tennant are wonderful in their respective roles as good enough and evil. Their performances didn’t disguised the watered down horror thriller we received. This is disappointing to me because the trailer really gave me a sense that it would deliver a more intense thrill ride. Does that mean the film is horrible? By no means, no. I actually liked the film but just didn’t live up to its potential.
Before I get into that confusing initial reaction, let’s go back to the beginning. Bad Samaritan stars Sheehan as a struggling artist Sean Falco and part of a two man valet team in front of an Italian restaurant in Portland, Or. They come up with a clever way to make a little extra cash by using their customer’s car as a way to find their home address and break into their homes to find anything of value while the car owners are having a meal. Clever idea, why didn’t I think of that. They choose to rob the home of the king of all douchery, Cale Erendreich and discover a girl chained and strapped to a chair in his office.
Just fresh off of her action packed crime thriller Proud Mary, released back in January of this year; Taraji P. Henson just can’t seem to stay off the big screen. Reunited with director Tyler Perry for their 3rd movie together 2nd playing the lead, Henson delivers a performance full of fire, passion, anger, ill feeling, resentment, malice, hostility, and bitterness in her latest film. All of that emotion describes the term Acrimony, which is the title of the movie. They picked the perfect person to display all the above and she does it with style in this thriller. I love seeing Henson on screen big and small and while this film shows how much determination she puts into these films, this character somehow stems from a script that puts her over the top in a familiar way you see in Perry’s films.
Before I decided to write this review, I had to see it twice. I also wanted to get different perspectives on the movie from someone else. So I saw the movie twice with two different people and this movie just brings out so many thoughts and conversation. It is not cut and dry as you think. This is a very complex story. I mean, it’s about relationships and what is more complex than that. Never black and white, always a grey area. Some of the emotions I was feeling during this movie were sadness, anger, frustration, disappointment. There were just so many things that happened that could have went the other way and these two love birds could have lived happily ever after.
Unsane, the movie that promotes Apple iPhones while scaring the crap out of you is what I want to talk about today. Steven Soderbergh is trying something new with his career of filmmaking and that is filming a movie entirely with an iPhone on a 1.5 million dollar budget. Tackling my favorite genre, horror/thriller, he is bringing a disturbing and compelling story to us on the conditions of the human mind and how it can become our worst enemy if driven to the point.
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Claire Foy (Netflix’s The Crown) plays Sawyer Valentini, a woman who relocated from Boston to Pennsylvania to escape the dangerous environment she experienced while being a victim of a stalker. While trying to start over she is still being haunted by this and can’t seems to let go of the fear she talks with a psychologist who convinces her to unknowingly commit herself to a behavioral center and slowly starts to realize that once you check in you can’t check out. To make matters worse, she believes that her stalker has followed her to the hospital but the question is; is she telling the truth or going insane?
This film, Thoroughbreds, gives us another look into the minds of cold-hearted, shallow, and borderline sociopath teenagers as they find meaning in their young lives while finding out their identity. Think Heathers or Alpha Dog in the sense that these young adults have no reality of the consequence to their actions. Told in a dark comedy format, writer Cory Finley (Sauna) in his directorial debut brings us a film that showed tons of promise but even packed with great acting and an interesting plot didn’t quite pass the finish line with a theme or meaning to the film.
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This dark and somewhat disturbing movie stars Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split) Lily, and Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) Amanda, who is phenomenal in this movie. Cooke was great in Bates Motel but she takes it to another level with this one. Anya I am starting to become a little bit obsessed with. Whether I like the movie she is in or not, every time I see her on screen she just keeps my attention. Both women are wonderful actress. They play former besties who drifted apart as they got older but suddenly cross paths again and believe they can help each other out with devising a plan of execution to Lily’s overbearing and creepy at times step-father.
This title was recommended to me for viewing and I am glad this came in my direction. Coming from the UK, this harrowing thriller shows what can happen when someone with intense rage mixed with mistaken identity can be deadly and in this case unforgivable. Judging from the poster, this looks like a classic slasher film that takes place in the woods but don’t be fooled by the appearance. This is much more than that. From Writer and Directors Phillip Escott and Craig Newman, Cruel Summer, based on true events, is a dramatic and unfortunate story involving teens whose circumstances shows how, lack for a better word, cruel the world can be.
This story currently on VOD as of 2/27, involves a young autistic teen named Danny, who has been granted to go on a solitude camping trip by his two loving parents overnight. That sense of serenity changes when he runs into three other teens, Nick, Julia, and Calvin. Each with their own reason to target Danny suffers the teen set out to torture Danny by any means necessary.
From Left to Right – Kylie Bunbury, Larmorne Morris, Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Jason Bateman, and Rachel McAdams ready to play the game. pic provided by Nerdist.com
Clue finally came out with a remake in the form of a murder mystery game night for 6 friends. Actually 5 friends and a stand in as for the date as one of them is a womanizer who see a different woman each week. I am just kidding about the Clue remake part but who else got that same feeling when watching the trailer for this latest comedy by directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. You know, those men responsible for the remake/sequel Vacation and for the stories of Spider-man: Homecoming and Horrible Bosses 1&2. So, you already know this movie is in the right hands to make writer Mark Perez’s story comes to life. Perez’s track record includes writing films for The Country Bears, Accepted, and Herbie: Fully loaded. What an interesting combo. As you might question the quality of this film just from that list of movies, you will be pleasantly surprised that this pairing works so well on so many levels, you will be jealous you never had a game night like this one.
Horrible Bosses alum Jason Bateman is paired up with long absent from the comedy world, Rachel McAdams as Max and Annie who are notoriously competitive and serves as the driving force for their love story as game playing enthusiast. Each week, they get together with friends to have game night with some good old-fashioned games we all grew up with such as Pictionary, Charades, Scrabble, etc. With the arrival of Max’s brother Brooks, played by Kyle Chandler (TV’s Friday Night Lights), Max and his friends are in for one hell of a night as Brooks decides to up the stakes and host a murder mystery party. Brooks is kidnapped right in front of his guest and its up to the rest to figure out his location to win the game, save his life, or both. It’s a just game, right?