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Suspense

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

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Red SparrowRed Sparrow (2018)
Dir. Francis Lawrence
Feat. Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts
Ultra-stylish spy thriller with Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian ballerina whose attempts to support her ailing mother lead her to train as a "sparrow" - a secret agent who uses seduction as a weapon to extract intelligence. Glossy and gratuitous old-school genre fare.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
Dir. Martin McDonagh
Feat. Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
Frances McDormand gives an Oscar-winning turn as a grieving mother who personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit. Another witty and engaging Midwestern crime tale from British writer-director Martin McDonagh (IN BRUGES, SEVEN…
All the Money in the WorldAll the Money in the World (2017)
Dir. Ridley Scott
Feat. Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg
Solid kidnapping thriller with a terrific performance by Michelle Williams as a mother who attempts to convince her aging oil tycoon ex-father-in-law (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom when her 16-year-old son is taken by a brutal organised crime ring. A true story which occurred in 1973, made into…
FXFX (1986)
Dir. Robert Mandel
Feat. Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy
Some ingenious set pieces and explosive effects highlight this superior action-suspenser. An FX expert is employed to fake the death of a VIP, only to have plans horribly back-fire. The lighter sequel, FX2, is also available.
Night MovesNight Moves (1975)
Dir. Arthur Penn
Feat. Gene Hackman, Susan Clark, Melanie Griffith
Underrated private-eye yarn with Gene Hackman tracking down a then very young Melanie Griffith. Intelligent fare that leads to a stunning climax.
Murder on the Orient ExpressMurder on the Orient Express (2017)
Dir. Kenneth Branagh
Feat. Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe
Adaptation of the novel by Agatha Christie, in the capable hands of director Kenneth Branagh, who also stars as Hercule Poirot, the renowned detective whose luxurious railway holiday is interrupted when a killer strikes during an overnight storm.
DetroitDetroit (2017)
Dir. Kathryn Bigelow
Feat. John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith
Harrowing account of the tragic five day race riot in Detroit, 1967, which lead to The Algiers Motel Incident, in which black civilians were beaten, tortured and killed by riot police. Working from a script by regular collaborator Mark Boal (HURT LOCKER, ZERO DARK THIRTY), director Kathryn Bigelow…

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