Category Archive: thriller

Nov 12

The Best of Bond, from "Goldfinger" to "Casino Royale"

Daniel Craig made his debut as British secret agent James Bond in 2006's "Casino Royale."

With “Skyfall” out in theaters, it’s time to rank our top 10 Bond films Here’s a quick pop quiz. 1. What does British secret agent James Bond drink? 2. What weapon does he prefer? 3. What is his favorite form of transportation? If you answered the above questions correctly (the answers are at the bottom …

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Oct 18

Truth is stranger than fiction in Ben Affleck’s "Argo"

Ben Affleck stars as CIA agent Tony Mendez in the historical thriller "Argo," based on a true story.

“Argo” gets its white-knuckle thrills from real-life events Whoever coined the expression “Truth is stranger than fiction” may have had “Argo” in mind. Director Ben Affleck’s latest film focuses on the joint efforts of the Canadian and United States governments to smuggle six American diplomats out of the country during the height of the Iran …

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Oct 17

"Seven Psychopaths" lives up to its name

Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell make trouble in the new crime comedy "Seven Psychopaths."

“Seven Psychopaths” serves up a veritable smorgasbord of crazed killers Note: Today’s guest reviewer is artist, photographer and filmmaker Chris Daly, who recently directed a music video for local country band Red Eye Junction. Check out his portfolio here. In Martin McDonagh’s first film, “In Bruges,” we got a taste of nasty, foul-mouthed, suicidal murderers. …

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Sep 18

SLO Rewind screening series starts tonight with “Reservoir Dogs”

Quentin Tarantino’s directorial debut is still one of his best Picture this. A police officer sits in the center of an abandoned warehouse, tied to a folding chair. His mouth covered with duct tape, the captive cop watches nervously as another man, clad in black trousers, a black tie and a pristine white button-up shirt, …

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Aug 27

The first time I saw “Deliverance” …

Action thriller "Deliverance" shocked audiences with its graphic depictions of violence and rape.

The Tribune’s David Middlecamp shares his memories of the backwoods thriller Forty years ago, the film “Deliverance” opened in theaters. While most critics today consider the sadistic backwoods thriller a classic, Roger Ebert felt the film, a harrowing tale about four Atlanta businessmen who encounter a couple of violent hillbillies in the Georgia wilderness, suffered …

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Aug 20

Latest “Bourne” movie doesn’t live up to legacy

Jeremy Renner stars as black ops agent Aaron Cross in "The Bourne Legacy."

“The Bourne Legacy” needs a little less conversation, a little more action Over the course of three “Bourne” movies, amnesiac super-assassin Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) has really made a mess of things. He’s bungled a major murder. He’s shot, stabbed and strangled several spies. And he’s forced one of the Central Intelligence Agency’s biggest covert …

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Aug 15

Bob Hoskins’ best role: “The Long Good Friday”

Retiring British actor Bob Hoskins leaves behind an impressive career English actor Bob Hoskins is an odd sort of screen idol. He’s short, squat and mostly bald, a gravelly-voiced gremlin with big bushy eyebrows and a broad Cockney accent. Yet Hoskins, like frequent co-star Michael Caine, has become one of Hollywood’s most reliable assets. Hoskins …

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Aug 07

Discover the real genius behind “Total Recall”

Is it real or is it Rekall? A working stiff (Quaid) gets his mind blown in "Total Recall."

“Total Recall” isn’t the only movie inspired by sci-fi master Philip K. Dick Fans of 1990′s “Total Recall” must be experiencing a serious case of deja vu. Like that film, the brand-new reboot follows an ordinary Joe (Arnold Schwarzenegger in the original, Colin Farrell in the remake) who takes a virtual vacation to Mars, only …

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Aug 03

This August is action-packed

Summer movie season ends with “Total Recall,” “The Bourne Legacy” Summer 2012 will go down in cinematic history as a season of extremes. It’s been a summer of box-office bonanzas and financial failures, of triumph and tragedy. But before you say goodbye to the summer movie season, there’s an entire month of movies to check …

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Jul 27

“The Dark Knight Rises” puts Gotham in peril

Bane (Tom Hardy) and Batman (Christian Bale) fight for control of Gotham in "The Dark Knight Rises."

Christopher Nolan’s trilogy comes to a close with “The Dark Knight Rises” Dark clouds are gathering over Gotham. “There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne,” cat burglar Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) purrs at one point in “The Dark Knight Rises.” “You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you’re all gonna …

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