Mystery

Kiss the Girls (1997) Gary Fleder, Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Cary Elwes, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Kiss the Girls (1997)
Alex Cross, a Washington D.C. cop and forensic psychologist learns that his niece who is going to college in North Carolina is missing. So he goes there and learns that the police think she’s among the victims of someone who kidnaps young girls and holds them captive and kills them who dubs himself Cassanova after the great lover. Later Kate, one of his victims, escapes and tries to help Cross find his niece.

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Cancel My Reservation (1972) Paul Bogart, Bob Hope, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Bellamy, Comedy, Mystery

Cancel My Reservation (1972)
The title of this Bob Hope vehicle Cancel My Reservation is a multiple pun, referring to elements in the story. The ever-youthful Hope plays Dan Bartlett, a late-night TV talk show host. Frazzled, he takes a much-needed vacation in Arizona. There, he stumbles upon a murder and a conspiracy by local rancher, John Ed (Ralph Bellamy) to defraud a local Native American group of part of its reservation. Dan is a suspect in the murder, and must investigate in order to clear his name. Though the story is rather light, celebrities of all sorts have either small parts or cameos in this film, and much of the film’s entertainment value comes from spotting them.

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Madhouse (1974) Jim Clark, Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Robert Quarry, Crime, Horror, Mystery

Madhouse (1974)
The career of horror icon Paul Toombes (Vincent Price) ends in scandal when his fiancée dies under mysterious circumstances. Freed from the mental hospital where he had been committed, the recovered Toombes and screenwriter Herbert Flay (Peter Cushing) intend to revive his most popular character, Dr. Death, for a television series. But the dead bodies start piling up – all of them killed in ways that mimic the victims in Toombes’ films – and to clear his name he must find the real killer.

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Eyes of Laura Mars / Les Yeux de Laura Mars (1978) Irvin Kershner, Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Les Yeux de Laura Mars (1978)
Laura Mars (Faye Dunaway) is a fashion photographer who specializes in stylized violence. In her luxurious Manhattan apartment, she has a nightmare that Doris Spencer (Meg Mundy) is viciously murdered with an ice pick, her eyeballs stabbed. Laura wakes up and looks through a soon-to-be-published coffee table book of her photos, titled The Eyes of Mars, which Doris had edited. In it, there is a picture of Doris…identical to an image she had in the dream. Laura calls Doris but she gets no answer. That evening, she attends a reception at the Elaine Cassell Gallery in SoHo for an exhibit of her work. A controversial figure, she is besieged by questions from reporters about whether her photos glorify violence and are demeaning to women. A handsome stranger (Tommy Lee Jones) questions the work as well. The success of the exhibit is disrupted by the news that Doris has been found dead, in the same manner that she was murdered in Laura’s dream…

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Dorm Daze (2003) David Hillenbrand, Scott Hillenbrand, Tatyana Ali, Boti Bliss, Gable Carr, Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Dorm Daze (2003)
As Christmas break approaches, the dormitories at Billingsley University are restless with sex-crazed students. Although eager to relinquish his burdensome virginity, Booker (Chris Owen) has thus far failed in this endeavor. His charitable older brother, Styles (Patrick Renna), does the sensible thing and hires a prostitute (Boti Bliss) to usher Booker into the realm of manhood. Unfortunately, some misunderstandings complicate this procedure, prompting sophomoric shenanigans.

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Dressed To Kill (1980) Criterion Collection, Brian De Palma, Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Dressed To Kill (1980)
One of Brian De Palma’s most divisive films, Dressed to Kill is a spine-chilling Alfred Hitchcock update for the late 1970s. Sexually frustrated wife and mother Kate Miller (Angie Dickinson) visits her New York psychiatrist, Dr. Elliott (Michael Caine), to complain about her unfulfilling erotic life. When she then goes to meet her husband at a museum, she meets an anonymous man whom she follows out to a cab. After an afternoon of satisfying sex, Kate discovers that the man has a venereal disease, but that information becomes a moot point when a razor-wielding blonde woman slashes Kate to ribbons in the elevator of the man’s building. Blonde prostitute Liz (Nancy Allen), who caught a glimpse of the murderer, becomes both the prime suspect and the killer’s next target. With the police less than willing to believe her story, Liz joins forces with Kate’s son Peter (Keith Gordon) to get the psychopath themselves.

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Lady of Burlesque (1943) William A. Wellman, Barbara Stanwyck, Michael O’Shea, J. Edward Bromberg, Comedy, Music, Mystery, Romance

Lady of Burlesque (1943)
Sassy Dixie Daisy is the hot new attraction at a former opera house that’s been turned into a burlesque theater. She’s popular with the customers, although not with Lolita La Verne, a stuck-up diva who was hoping she’d get the top spot. Also complicating matters is the return of the Princess Nirvena, the show’s former star who once had a fling with the boss. When the Princess blackmails her way into the top spot, Dixie is none too pleased. When both Lolita and the Princess are murdered, Dixie becomes a prime suspect. She then sets up a trap to nail the real killer.

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