Category: Mystery/Thriller


After an unfortunate misstep with Leatherheads, George Clooney the director is back with a new movie that once again suggests he should be included in the discussion about the most talented filmmakers on the current scene. This, of course, in addition to also being a very good actor, unfairly handsome and seemingly an incredibly cool guy. Alright, George, we get it! You’re good at everything! Geez, don’t you just hate the guy? What’s that? You like him him a lot, actually? Yeah…me too. Damn Clooney and his charm.

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Based on the first novel in a series by Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer is about Mickey Haller, a lawyer who gets his nick-name because his office is actually the Lincoln Town Car he is driven around in…although, actually, the movie does a pretty poor job making that clear (there’s a scene in the trailer where his daughter refers to the car as his office, but that part didn’t actually make it into the movie). Anyway, Haller is your typical slick and somewhat sleazy defense attorney, but his morals are put through the ringer when he discovers a client he is representing in an assault charge (Ryan Phillippe) is not only guilty of that crime, but might be responsible for an even more heinous act that a former client of his is currently serving time for. And unfortunately for Haller, he is unable to legally tell anyone about, since he IS the guy’s lawyer. Oh no! I hope he can manage to use all his lawyer tricks to out-think and out-maneuver the bad guy while still technically doing his job!

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After years of shitty Ocean’s Eleven sequels and experimental movies that seemed more focused on craft than actual storytelling, it’s kind of great to see Steven Soderbergh back in the habit of making good-old-fashioned Hollywood fare like Contagion. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t begrudge the guy his desire to try new things, but I’d much rather simply see his take on a traditional narrative like this than to continue seeing him become the guy who’s getting closer and closer to filming his next movie entirely with cell-phone cameras (don’t think he hasn’t considered it).

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Well, here’s something a little different – the recent BBC series Sherlock, which brings Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective into a modern setting.  I don’t usually review television series, preferring to concentrate on movies. But that’s OK. Especially since, in a cool and unique decision, each season of Sherlock is presented as three 90-minute movies, so I think it counts. Heck, it’s like three reviews in one.

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