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  • 1. DRIVE:

    Ryan Gosling is everywhere these days.  In this film, in which his character is simply named “Driver,” he does just that … he drives.  He does movie stunt driving by day, and by night, he’s a wheelman for whomever wants to hire him as a getaway driver.  But this isn’t wall-to-wall driving action.  There is some of that, but it’s much more a character study looking at Driver, and what he does, and the people in his life, some of whom are mob-connected, and some of whom are innocent, but guilty by association.  He plays the role like a young Steve McQueen, short on dialogue, long on … looks.  Rated 18A.


    Daniel Craig is nothing like his James Bond character here, and Rachel Weisz is equally oddly cast in what was marketed as a horror story, a psychological thriller, or both.  It’s a pretty standard premise to start with … a writer moves his family (wife and two daughters) out of the big city, into a more rural area, into a big, old house with a reputation.  It is said that the last family to live here was murdered … and that the husband, the killer, somehow disappeared.  A box-office and critical bomb, I thought this was a pretty fair chiller with a great twist at the end … but a long way to go for that payoff. Rated 14A.   

  • 3. THE THING:

    Don’t be too quick to assume this is a remake.  It’s actually a prequel to the 1982 movie, “John Carpenter’s The Thing,” which was itself a remake of the 1951 original, “The Thing From Another World.”  A palaeontologist (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) working in an Arctic region, stumbles, along with her Norwegian expedition team, across something long-buried in the ice … an alien ship.  And something is alive on it.  I liked this kill-or-be-killed sci-fi thriller, and it plays best if you watch it, and then immediately watch the 1982 movie, which fits as if they were planned to be bookends.  Rated 18A.

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  • 4. DRIVE

    This one plays better at a second viewing, when you are no longer expecting a racing, driving film.  The other star of the film is a ’73 Chevy Malibu … which Gosling restored himself prior to making the film.


Despite some serious plot holes, this is a pretty good thriller.  Will you see the ending coming?  Probably!


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