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Thriller

Nocturnal Animals

A permeating sense of threat and regret ooze from one twisted (in more ways than one) storyline to another.

Anthropoid

Two Czech operatives parachute into Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia with minimal supplies and months-old intel. Their mission: to contact the local resistance forces and assassinate the highest ranking Nazi official.

Our Kind of Traitor

The performances by the likes of Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard, and Naomie Harris are so graceful that it’s tempting to overlook some of the more bizarre plot turns.

The Neon Demon

Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest film is a candy coated, neon drenched homage to classic 1980’s psychodramas, and a loud, pretentious mess.

A Bigger Splash

A hothouse drama and a refreshingly cynical thriller with two ace performers pushing edgy parts way over-the-top.

A Monster with a Thousand Heads

What starts as a cancer drama shifts to a thriller that plays out almost seemingly in real time.

The Invitation

After gradually building up the suspense, the last 20 minutes of The Invitation are incredibly intense, mirroring the film’s opening, and violent, scene.

Remember

In Atom Egoyan’s latest film, a masterly acted and suspenseful vengeance flick, the assured, multilayered script triggers the kind of immense grief that has suffused Egoyan’s work, particularly in how lives are impacted by larger tragedies.

Triple 9

The rough and intense Triple 9 goes to the limit of what we’ve seen of corrupt cops in movies, and with a near-perfect cast: Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, and Aaron Paul. In other words, it’s another button pushing, balls-to-the-wall John Hillcoat movie.