2014 Holiday Movies: Thriller

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Thrillers can be edge-of-your-seat good or so over-the-top bad. One of these looks good.

How did this purple folder make it into this blue room?
How did this purple folder make it into this blue room?

Dying of the Light

Release Date: December 5, 2014

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Anton Yelchin, Alexander Karim, Irène Jacob, Adetomiwa Edun, Aymen Hamdouchi, Claudius Peters, Robert G. Slade

Director: Paul Schrader

A CIA agent has been told to retire because he has the beginnings of dementia, but when he believes that a dead terrorist is still alive, he goes rogue to go after him.

My Take: Intriguing premise, but Nicholas Cage seems a bit too kooky these days to take seriously.

Grade: Skip


 

My nose is so cold. Can I put it in your hat?
My nose is so cold. Can I put it in your hat?

By the Gun

Release Date: December 5, 2014

Cast: Ben Barnes, Leighton Meester, Harvey Keitel, Toby Jones, Slaine, Kenny Wormald, Paul Ben-Victor, Jay Giannone

Director: James Mottern

A guy’s dream is to be a made man in the mafia, until he meets a girl and he decides he wants out.

My Take: I’d rather watch this all done much better in The Sopranos.

Grade: Skip


 

Hey! Pay attention to me and not my wife's breasts.
Hey! Pay attention to me and not my wife’s breasts.

A Most Violent Year

Release Date: December 31, 2014

Cast: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, Albert Brooks, Christopher Abbott, David Oyelowo

Director: J.C. Chandor

In New York City, the year 1981 that is known for having the most crime on record; an immigrant tries to live the American dream with his family, but runs into violence and crime on a daily basis.

My Take: It looks like a mob story, but not completely like a mob story. It reminds me of something Scorsese would make.

Grade: Watch

 

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