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Mysteries, thrillers and crime-based tales with generally more brains and less brawn than its Action relative...

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Nocturnal AnimalsNocturnal Animals (2016)
Dir. Tom Ford
Feat. Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon
Renowned fashion designer Tom Ford follows his film debut A SINGLE MAN with this highly intriguing neo-noir tale about a wealthy art gallery owner who is haunted by her ex-husband's disturbing novel. The interleaving of flashback, present-day and 'fictional' stories provides an ornate and satisfying frame…
Hell or High WaterHell or High Water (2016)
Dir. David Mackenzie
Feat. Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster, Chris Pine
An exceptional ten-gallon thriller in which a divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate but righteous scheme in order to save their family's ranch in West Texas. Jeff Bridges plays the grizzled county sherriff in pursuit, and delivers much of the film's bittersweet humour, often…
SnowdenSnowden (2016)
Dir. Oliver Stone
Feat. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto
The ever-polemical Oliver Stone dramatises the remarakble story of whistleblower Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who was forced into exile after exposing state secrets, including illegal surveillance activities by the National Security Agency. Snowden is also the subject of the documentary,…
Girl on the Train, TheGirl on the Train, The (2016)
Dir. Tate Taylor
Feat. Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson
Adapted of the best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins (and transposed from its British setting to America), the mystery unravels for Emily Blunt as a divorcee who witnesses a shocking incident from a pssing train involving the neigbour of her ex-husband, and soonafter becomes the victim of an assault of which…
EquityEquity (2016)
Dir. Meera Menon
Feat. Anna Gunn, James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas
Sharp, female-centric financial thriller with BREAKING BAD's Anna Gunn as a senior investment banker who finds her career undermined by scandal and corruption.
I.D.I.D. (1996)
Dir. Philip Davis
Feat. Reece Dinsdale, Saskia Reeves
Criminally overshadowed by the likes of TRAINSPOTTING and SMALL FACES, this is a white-knuckle cautionary tale about football hooliganism and the hazy thin blue line that separates undercover coppers from their 'targets'. Reece Dinsdale gives it 'eck as the rookie who yields to a seductive camaraderie of…
Shallows, TheShallows, The (2016)
Dir. Jaume Collet-Serra
Feat. Blake Lively
Nail-biting but certainly shallow thriller with Blake Lively as a lone surfer being stalked by a great white shark off the Mexican coast. Technically and visually swish but mainly aimed at an audience who don't remember the copied-but-still-yet-to-be-beaten JAWS.

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