Thriller

Not like any serial-killer thriller you’ve seen before: Beast reviewed

28 April 2018 9:00 am

When I first read that Beast is a serial-killer thriller my heart sank like a stone — yet more women…

My knuckles went pure white and have yet to return to full colour: Custody reviewed

14 April 2018 9:00 am

Custody is both social realism and a thriller and it’s terrific. It is smart, beautifully acted, never crass about the…

Hideously watchable: Nicole Kidman as ophthalmologist Anna and Colin Farrell as surgeon Steven

Hideously watchable: Killing of a Sacred Deer reviewed

4 November 2017 9:00 am

You know where you aren’t with director Yorgos Lanthimos. The Greek allegorist creates parallel worlds which superficially resemble our own.…

More secrets and symbols

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Being reflexively snotty about Dan Brown’s writing is like slagging off Donald Trump’s spelling: it just entrenches everyone’s position. In…

Author Nathan Englander (Photo: Getty)

Highly charged territory

14 October 2017 9:00 am

I first heard of this tragicomic spy romp around Israel and Palestine when Julian Barnes sang its praises in the…

Mad house: Jennifer Lawrence as Mother

Nut job

16 September 2017 9:00 am

The film-maker Darren Aronofsky says he wrote Mother! in five days as if in a ‘fever dream’ and, as a…

Tears of a clown: ‘Clowns hate Stephen King. They blame him for the “creepy clown” epidemic, which has led to multiple clown arrests’

Art of darkness

14 September 2017 1:00 pm

Stephen King, 69, has sold more than 350 million books, and tries not to apologise for being working-class, or imaginative,…

Heavy-handed

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Oliver Cotton is an RSC stalwart who looks like a man born to greatness. Google him. He has the fearless…

David Quantick’s The Mule: lost in the world of translation

12 March 2016 9:00 am

For those who read the weekly music press during the 1980s, David Quantick’s was a name you could rely on.…

Richard Gere in The Benefactor

What were they thinking? The Benefactor reviewed

27 February 2016 9:00 am

The Benefactor is both a bad film and a thoroughly inexplicable one. It’s one of those what-were-they-thinking projects that wastes…

Inside the mind of a molester

13 February 2016 9:00 am

This isn’t a book to read before lights out. It’s about a mentally ill man whose mother exiles him from…

Joel Edgerton in The Gift

The plot has enough holes to file the Albert Hall: The Gift reviewed

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Were you ever not very nice at school? A bit of a tosspot to others, perhaps. Ever so slightly a…

Imagine if Are You Being Served? had starred Laurence Olivier: ITV’s Vicious reviewed

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Monday saw the return of possibly the weirdest TV series in living memory. Imagine a parallel universe in which Are…

American Buffalo at Wyndham’s reviewed: ‘magnificent, multicoloured, vast and tragic’

9 May 2015 9:00 am

David Mamet is Pinter without the Pinteresque indulgences, the absurdities and obscurities, the pauses, the Number 38 bus routes. American…

Murder in a black Texas Arcadia

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Mystery fans and writers are always looking for new locations in which murder can take place. Attica Locke has an…

Hock and partridge help fascism go down in 1930s London

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Anthony Quinn’s fourth novel, set in London’s artistic and theatrical circles in 1936, is not the kind in which an…

The Boy Next Door reviewed: a terrible new J-Lo movie that's disturbingly enjoyable

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Stateside critics, who panned Jennifer Lopez’s new film The Boy Next Door on its US release last month, may be…

A Most Violent Year, review: mesmerising performances - and coats

24 January 2015 9:00 am

A Most Violent Year is a riveting drama even though I can’t tell you what it’s about, or even what…

Channing Tatum and Steve Carell

Foxcatcher: piercing, shattering, spellbinding

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Foxcatcher is a crime drama (of sorts) that has already been dubbed ‘Oscarcatcher!’ as it barely puts a foot wrong.…

James Ellroy’s latest attempt to unseat the Great American Novel

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Aficionados of detective fiction have long known that the differences between the soft- and hard-boiled school are so profound that,…

David Fincher plays Gone Girl for laughs - at least I hope he is

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Gone Girl is David Fincher’s adaptation of the bestselling thriller by Gillian Flynn, a relentless page-turner which I’ve heard people…

You know something’s up when MI6 moves its head office to Croydon

21 June 2014 9:00 am

Alan Judd’s spy novels occupy a class of their own in the murky world of espionage fiction, partly because they…

Stephen King – return of the great storyteller

21 June 2014 8:00 am

Stephen King’s latest novel, Mr Mercedes, is dedicated to James M. Cain and described as ‘a riveting suspense thriller’ —…

A Colder War, by Charles Cumming - review

31 May 2014 9:00 am

The title of Charles Cumming’s seventh novel is both a nod to the comfortable polarities of Cold War and also…

A thriller that breaks down the publishing office door

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Like teenage children and their parents, authors and publishers have a symbiotic relationship characterised by well-justified irritation on both sides.…