Welcome to DMM’s 1/30/17 Movie Monday, where I’ll help you tackle movie night with brief reviews of movies you may have missed that are worth the rental or purchase.
This week, the focus is on thrillers with sharp scripts and strong performances.
After his father’s accidental death, Kale (Shia LaBeouf) remains withdrawn and troubled. When he lashes out at a well-intentioned but insensitive teacher, he finds himself under a court-ordered house arrest.
Say what you will about Shia LaBeouf, he’s a very talented actor. He’s joined here by the equally excellent David Morse and Carrie-Anne Moss in dramatic roles, while the immensely likeable Aaron Yoon provides the comic relief. This film is actually a fresh take on that famous psychological thriller classic Rear Window, in which Jimmy Stewart plays an incapacitated man who thinks he may have witnessed his next door neighbor murdering his wife and disposing of the body. This story unspools a little differently and is definitely more youthful and modern, with some surprising twists and just the right touches of humor.
Holly Hunter is an ambitious cop who tries to draw a forensic psychologist (Sigourney Weaver) out of her self-imposed exile to help catch a murderer who is copying work of other serial killers.
Also co-stars Dermot Mulroney and Harry Connick, Jr. This is your typical to-catch-a-killer type of movie, but the strong script and cast keep it simmering and unpredictable all the way through.
Following the execution of a demonic serial killer, a homicide detective finds himself on the trail of another serial killer whose methods are strikingly similar to the executed killer.
This is one of my favorite thrillers of all time, and if you’re a fan of Denzel Washington or John Goodman, you’re in for a treat with this one. It’s a serial killer police procedural that brings the supernatural into the mix, to great effect. The supernatural mythology on this one is very original and chilling. This is one of those movies that leaves you wondering if such a thing could happen in real life.