Mr. Movie

If you're looking for a good thriller, skip 'Untraceable'

In January, last year's critically acclaimed but limited release films begin to filter down to the smaller markets like Tri-Cities.

That's the good news.

The bad news is that studios are using this month to dump crap that no one would see if released any other time.

Untraceable has an Internet psychopath killing people and broadcasting the carnage online. Been there, done that.

Diane Lane (Under the Tuscan Sun) is an FBI agent working crime on the Net. One day she opens, where a bitter young man murders people in creative movie-psychopath-of-the-week ways. The concept is disgusting with the hook being that the more people who hit the site, the faster the victim dies.

If only the same principle applied to this low-energy, no-tension, boring, predictable thriller.

Mr. Movie rating: 2 stars. Rated R for violence, gore, torture, language, mature themes. Opens today at the Carmike 12 and at Fairchild Cinemas.

Michael Clayton

Michael Clayton gets a reprise in the Tri-Cities. Those who think it is the best film of 2007 have a compelling case.

The film hooks you with an incredible opening monologue from Tom Wilkinson. An exploding car a few minutes later finishes the job. Wilkinson is brilliant and so is Tilda Swinton, but the film clearly belongs to George Clooney. No one else could have played this character.

If you missed it the first time around, don't this time.

There is a reason it picked up Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay Oscar nominations earlier this week.

Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars. Rated R for mature themes, language, violence. Opens today at the Columbia Mall 8.