Mystery

Psych-Out (1968) Richard Rush, Susan Strasberg, Dean Stockwell, Jack Nicholson, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Music

Psych-Out (1968)
Tune in. Turn on. Psych out! Take the ultimate in psychedelic trips with Susan Strasberg, Dean Stockwell, Jack Nicholson and Bruce Dern! When a deaf runaway (Strasberg) visits swinging San Francisco in search of her brother, she teams with the aptly named Stoney (Nicholson) and his out of sight hippie band “Mumblin’ Jim.” But the more she succumbs to that music – and danger-filled Flower Power scene…the more she realizes that reality is a rotten place to be!

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A Shot in the Dark (1935) Charles Lamont, Charles Starrett, Robert Warwick, Edward Van Sloan, Mystery, Thriller

A Shot in the Dark (1935)
In A Shot in the Dark, a popular title, a mystery death and college hijinks are the ingredients in this pleasant little whodunit from Chesterfield. Charles Starrett stars as Ken Harris, a college football hero whose roommate, Byron Coates (James Bush), is found dead outside their dormitory, a murder camouflaged as a suicide. Suspicion briefly centers on Byron’s look-alike half-brother (also Bush) but he, too, is found slain. Assisted by Byron’s sister Jean (Marian Shilling), an occasionally confounded Ken manages to get to the bottom of the alarming goings-on and unmask the murderer.

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Terror by Night (1946) Roy William Neill, Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Alan Mowbray, Mystery, Thriller

Terror by Night (1946)
The penultimate entry in Universal’s Sherlock Holmes series, Terror by Night takes place almost exclusively on a speeding train, en route from London to Edinburgh. Holmes (Basil Rathbone) is on board to protect a valuable diamond from the clutches of master criminal Colonel Sebastian Moran. The trouble is, Moran is a master of disguise, and could be just about any one of the other passengers. Murder and mayhem plague the train excursion before Holmes can successfully complete his mention. Poor old Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) is a bit denser than usual here, though his ingenuousness is cleverly woven into the script. Alan Mowbray, who played Inspector Lestrade in the 1932 Clive Brook adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, is seen in a pivotal supporting role.

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Snow falling on Cedars (1999) Scott Hicks, Ethan Hawke, Max von Sydow, Yûki Kudô, Drama, Mystery, Romance

Snow falling on Cedars (1999)
Ishmael is a local reporter covering a murder trial involving the 1954 death of a fisherman in a small island community in the Pacific Northwest. What first looks like a straight-forward case soon turns into a unnerving series of mysteries, intensified by flashbacks to WWII Japanese concentration camps and the realization that the wife of the accused murderer is his childhood sweetheart.

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Stir of Echoes (1999) David Koepp, Kevin Bacon, Zachary David Cope, Kathryn Erbe, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Stir of Echoes (1999)
Tom Witzky (Kevin Bacon) is a blue-collar worker, a family man, the most ordinary guy in the world…who is about to be plunged into a shattering encounter with another world. And it doesn’t matter that Tom doesn’t believe in the supernatural. Because something supernatural has started to believe in Tom. After he is hypnotized at a neighborhood party, Tom changes. He sees things he can’t explain and hears voices he can’t ignore. As the horrific visions intensfy, Tom realizes they are pieces of a puzzle, echoes of a crime calling out to be solved. But when his other-worldly nightmares begin coming true, Tom wants out. He desperately tries to rid himself of his eerie, unwanted powers – only to be seized by an irresistible compulsion to dig deeper and deeper into the mystery that is consuming his life. When at last he unearths the truth, it will draw him into the long-buried secret of a ghastly crime, a vengeful spirit… and the lethal price of laying that spirit to rest.

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Giallo a Venezia (1979) Mario Landi, Leonora Fani, Jeff Blynn, Gianni Dei, Crime, Horror, Mystery, Erotic

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Sleaziest giallos you could ever hope to see. Bodies are found at the edge of a canal in Venice. The police start asking friends of the late couple for clues, but as soon as they start their investigations, more dead bodies start piling up. What is the connection, and out of all the unsavoury characters that appear on the screen, does any of them have a clear alibi (or conscience)?

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Agatha (1979) Michael Apted, Dustin Hoffman, Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Dalton, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Agatha (1979)
A fictional account of the real life, eleven day, never explained 1926 disappearance of famed murder mystery writer Agatha Christie is presented. On a cold winter day, her damaged car with her expensive fur coat is found abandoned at the side of a country road. While the authorities initially suspect that she could have committed suicide, her pompous husband, Col. Archibald Christie, who is less than cooperative with the authorities, is adamant that she is still alive. What he doesn’t tell them is that he recently asked her for a divorce so that he could marry his secretary, Miss Nancy Neele. Although the divorce request was not a total surprise since she knew of the extramarital affair, Mrs. Christie still did not want to grant him the request since she still loves him. Concurrently, American newspaper columnist Wally Stanton was scheduled to conduct an interview with Mrs. Christie. Since he can no longer do so with her disappearance, Stanton instead tries to find out himself what …

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The American Friend (1977) Wim Wenders, Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Lisa Kreuzer, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

The American Friend (1977)
Wim Wenders pays loving homage to rough-and-tumble Hollywood film noir with The American Friend, a loose adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel Ripley’s Game. Dennis Hopper oozes quirky menace as an amoral American art dealer who entangles a terminally ill German everyman, played by Bruno Ganz, in a seedy criminal underworld as revenge for a personal slight – but when the two become embroiled in an ever-deepening murder plot, they form an unlikely bond. Filmed on location in Hamburg and Paris, with some scenes shot in grimy, late-seventies New York City, Wenders’s international breakout is a stripped-down crime story that mixes West German and American film flavors, and it features cameos by filmmakers Jean Eustache, Samuel Fuller, and Nicholas Ray.

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