'Atomic Blonde' Delivers Female Action Without An Action Hero
After seeing the new spy thriller, I still don't know what a female action hero looks like.
Opinion | Pop Culture. 'Atomic Blonde' Delivers Female Action Without An Action Hero. After seeing the new spy thriller, I still don't know what a female action hero looks like.
Before You Vote, Watch ‘Vertigo’
What Hitchcock's thriller can teach us about sexism, nostalgia, and the gospel's call to justice.
What Hitchcock's thriller can teach us about sexism, nostalgia, and the gospel's call to justice. Before You Vote, Watch 'Vertigo'. What Hitchcock's thriller
How Spanish Church Music Inspired the Film Score for 'Risen'
A conversation with the biblical thriller's composer.
A conversation with the biblical thriller's composer. Yes, this is true. At the resolution of this story, the music becomes a bit more biblical, but 80% of the score sounds like a thriller.
Shouldn’t a thriller be a little more . . . thrilling?
The Gift. Shouldn't a thriller be a little more . . . Thriller. Directed By Joel Edgerton. Run Time 1 hour 48 minutes. Cast Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, Allison Tolman.
'The Beguiled' Reveals the Cracks in Our Imagined Selves
Sofia Coppola's latest film is all about the inevitable gap between who we are and who we claim to be.
The same can be said of the movie's genre identity: What is evidently a period melodrama also proves a dark thriller with a surprisingly keen sense of comedy.
How 'Stranger Things' Re-Enchants the World
The Netflix show, along with 'Midnight Special,' Frank Peretti's novels, and even Pokemon Go are trying to fill a void.
monsters, like those that spring from the twisted imagination of Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth); government conspiracies, straight out of The X-Files; horror-thriller hybrids lifted
I'm On the Lookout for the Next Great Christian Novel
A CT fiction judge's challenge to evangelical writers and publishers.
love stories. But they also include some unique innovations: futuristic and dystopian lit, detective fiction, even the occasional supernatural thriller. Over
Will Christians Read Beth Moore’s First Novel?
Stats show that Christian readers prefer nonfiction. But some are betting that’s going to change.
The top Christian genres: historical fiction (66%), romance (52%), contemporary (51%), romantic suspense (50%), suspense/thriller/ legal thriller (47%) and mystery/espionage (45%).
A remarkably morally dense and thrilling look at people, politics, and the power that controls the two.
Sicario is a spectacular thriller, but it is first a good movie, and a thriller second. It's possible to appreciate Sicario just as a thriller, but that would only just scratch the surface of the film.
Hell or High Water
Looking for peace in all the wrong places.
Hell or High Water. Looking for peace in all the wrong places. Kenneth R. Morefield| September 1, 2016. Image: Courtesy of CBS Films. Near the end of
Rife with biblical allusions and ostensibly grounded in an old fashioned exploration of good vs. evil, Prisoners is more than just your standard kidnapping thriller.
good vs. evil, Prisoners is more than just your standard kidnapping thriller. Prisoners. vs. evil, Prisoners is more than just your standard kidnapping thriller. Brett
Motion Picture Prayer
An overlooked summer thriller finds a new cinematic use for prayer.
An overlooked summer thriller finds a new cinematic use for prayer. The East—a sexy, gritty thriller infused with the politics of Adbusters—works pretty much the same way.
A competent legal thriller masquerades as a critique of Big Brother government.
Closed Circuit. A competent legal thriller masquerades as a critique of Big Brother government. Kenneth R. Morefield| August 30, 2013. Image: Jay Maidment
Cultsploitation and True Believers
Being duped and blinded to the truth is no laughing matter. So why are we so obsessed with cults?
Image: Warner Bros. Jaeden Lieberher in 'Midnight Special'. In Jeff Nichols's sci-fi thriller Midnight Special, the characters escape a cult early on. When
First Love, Last Love: Courtship Culture and the Teen Cancer Romance
Movies like 'A Walk to Remember,' 'Twilight,' and 'The Fault in Our Stars' have picked up on a key facet of the way we talk about teen romance.
I'm reminded of an exchange from Michael Mann's 1995 crime-thriller Heat between bank robber Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) and detective Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino):
Twenty Movies That Stuck With Me in 2015
Among the year's movies, twenty of them resonated deeply with our chief film critic.
I love this documentary about the 1968 debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, Jr. It's an exciting film that plays like a thriller (no small feat).
Dispatch from Berlinale–'Midnight Special'
The latest from Jeff Nichols that is something quite different beneath the scifi surface.
Midnight Special has the most in common with Nichols's second film, Take Shelter, a taut thriller about both our age of anxiety and the meaning of commitment and marriage.
This is what happens when you give a mediocre thriller script to a world-class director.
Blackhat. This is what happens when you give a mediocre thriller script to a world-class director. Kenneth R. Morefield| January 16, 2015. Image: Universal
Dispatch from Berlinale—‘Alone in Berlin’
A misfire that had great potential.
layered with storytelling possibilities. It tries, by turns, to be a quiet family drama, a political statement, a historical epic, and a detective thriller. And I promise