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Take a Brake and watch a thriller

Once again, I thought I’d update you on some of the thrillers I’ve seen lately that are worth recommending. Here’s the list:

Take Shelter – What would you do if you started hearing frightening noises and dreaming of impending doom? After a series of nightmares about a terrible storm, Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) prepares by expanding the tornado shelter in his back yard.

If you’re hit by tornadoes as often as we are in Mississippi, having a good tornado shelter doesn’t seem like a bad idea. But when family and friends notice a change in the lead character’s behavior, they begin to suspect he may be losing his mind.

The film also stars Jessica Chastain, the ditzy scene stealer in The Help who was nominated for best supporting actress.

Take Shelter reminded me a little of Melancholia, another movie about impending doom with a lead character whose extra sensory perceptions about the world cause them to fall into a chasm of depression and anxiety. They are both beautiful, sad poems of destruction.

And if you’re into films with a surprise ending, here’s two recommendations:

In Brake, a Secret Service Agent is held captive in the trunk of a car as terrorists attempt to make him confess the location of the President’s secret hiding place. Really good performance by Stephen Dorff that’s definitely worth popping a bowl of popcorn.

Catacombs – When American tourist Victoria (Shannyn Sossamon) visits her sister Carolyn (the singer Pink), she gets lost at a party in the Catacombs, the 200-mile labyrinthine network of tunnels that lies beneath Paris. Things get even scarier when someone begins to chase her.

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