Posted On 13 Apr 2012 By Bartleby. Under 2012, 3.5 Stars (Exceptional), By Genre, Horror, Reviews, Suspense/Thriller.
Mobsters Rating: Mobsters Rating: The geeks are already out in force praising the cleverness of the Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard creation Cabin in the Woods. This isn’t surprising given Whedon’s pedigree; since the Buffy/Angel days he merely has to sign his name to something and a certain fan-base will immediately pull ... Read More
Posted On 03 Feb 2012 By Bartleby. Under 2012, 3 Stars (Fantastic), Action, By Genre, By Star Rating, Horror, Suspense/Thriller.
Mobster's Rating: Sometimes what seems dead has a way of being revived again over time. This could be the theme of James Watkins’ The Woman In Black, which does a hat trick of refurbishing the reputation of Hammer studios, providing a new take on a story told thrice before, and ... Read More
Posted On 27 Jan 2012 By Bartleby. Under 3 Stars (Fantastic), Action, Action-Adventure, By Genre, Drama, Reviews, Suspense/Thriller.
Mobster's Rating: This was the beginning of my experience with Joe Carnahan’s ‘The Grey’, a relentless and uncompromising thriller that has been unfairly marketed as a B action film with Liam Neeson punching wolves. I will not warn you away from it, as it is an exquisitely shot, superbly acted ... Read More
Posted On 15 Jan 2012 By Bartleby. Under 2009, 3 Stars (Fantastic), Foreign, Science Fiction, Suspense/Thriller.
Mobster's Rating: Alex Rivera’s Sleep Dealer is one of the most grounded science fiction films of recent memory. The first time director has referred to his work as ”science fiction with many anchors in today’s reality.” He isn’t joking. In the future according to Sleep Dealer, Mexico is walled off, their ... Read More
Posted On 13 Jan 2012 By Bartleby. Under 2012, 3 Stars (Fantastic), Action, Drama, Horror, Suspense/Thriller.
For all prospective parents and parents still raising children in their formative years, Lynne Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin might be the single most unsettling film you see this year. As a soon-to-be father, I do hope that when my son arrives he’s not anything like this film’s Kevin, ... Read More
Posted On 13 Jan 2012 By Bartleby. Under 2 Stars (Mediocre), 2012, Action, Action-Adventure, Crime, Suspense/Thriller.
Quick, cheap and grittier than it needs to be, Mark Wahlberg’s new crime thriller ‘Contraband’ does just about what we expect from a B-grade January actioner and not a jot more. You won’t find anything new or revolutionary inside, but like a bargain-lunch Chinese buffet, there’s plenty of stuff to ... Read More
Posted On 06 Jan 2012 By Bartleby. Under 2 Stars (Mediocre), 2011, Drama, Reviews, Suspense/Thriller.
Our agent across the pond Jarv, brings us the lowdown on the real identity of the Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy adaptation. How does it measure up to the book, or for that matter, the Alec Guiness mini-series? Read on to find out.... I’ve thought long and hard about this film. When ... Read More
Posted On 20 Dec 2011 By Bartleby. Under 2011, 3 Stars (Fantastic), Action-Adventure, By Genre, By Star Rating, By The Year, Reviews, Suspense/Thriller.
Mobster's Rating: ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’, the fourth film in the MI franchise, continues the ambitious quest to keep Tom Cruise a viable, perfectly coiffed action star. In Brad Bird’s live-action debut, which handles death-defying feats with the same dazzle he brings to animation, Cruise leaps past eroding sink holes, fights ... Read More
Posted On 15 Nov 2011 By Bartleby. Under 1994, 3 Stars (Fantastic), Action, Crime, Foreign, Horror, Reviews, Suspense/Thriller, Throwback Tuesday.
Mobster's Rating: What is it that makes a film ‘scary’? I don’t mean simple jump thrills or a little bit of goose-pimples. What I’m talking about is that tight-chest, metallic taste in the mouth, primal fear that gets a hold of you and doesn’t let go. It’s the kind of anxiety ... Read More
Posted On 12 Nov 2011 By Bartleby. Under .5 Stars (Pathetic), 2010, 2011, Action, Horror, Reviews, Suspense/Thriller.
Mobster's Rating: My apologies to last February’s ‘Shelter’, which I wrongly assumed would be the worst supernatural thriller to show up this year. Darren Lynn Bousman’s ’11-11-11’ makes that Julianne Moore movie about Satanic mountain witches look accomplished in comparison. Here’s a thriller featuring lost faith, phantasmal bogeyman, spooky calendar dates and ... Read More
Posted On 28 Oct 2011 By Bartleby. Under 2011, 4 Stars (Phenomenal), Action, By Genre, Drama, Horror, Reviews, Science Fiction, Suspense/Thriller.
Mobsters Rating: Something wicked this way comes. Just ask Michael Shannon’s Curtis LaForche in Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter, an unnerving American pastorale about a family man plagued by the prospect of apocalyptic destruction. Curtis is an Ohio sandminer living a stable if sometimes financially stressful existence with beautiful wife Samantha (Jessica Chastain) ... Read More
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