Richard appears on “CTV News at 6” with anchor Andria Case to talk about the best movies and television to watch this weekend. This week he has a look at the surreal “Crimes of the Future,” the psychological thriller “The Righteous” and the audacious war film “Foxhole.”
Watch Richard review three movies in less time than it takes to turn on the AC! Have a look as he races against the clock to tell you about the surreal “Crimes of the Future,” the psychological thriller “The Righteous” and the audacious war film “Foxhole.”
Richard joins CP24 to have a look at new movies coming to VOD, streaming services and theatres. Today we talk about David Cronenberg’s latest olio of subversive ideas “Crimes of the Future,” the psychological thriller “The Righteous” and the anti-war drama “Foxhole.”
Richard sits in on the CKTB Niagara in the Morning morning show with guest host Stephanie Vivier to talk the new movies coming to theatres including the surreal “Crimes of the Future,” the psychological thriller “The Righteous” and the audacious war film “Foxhole.”
Richard sits in on the CFRA Ottawa morning show with host Bill Carroll to talk the new movies coming to theatres including David Cronenberg’s “Crimes of the Future,” the psychological thriller “The Righteous” and the audacious war film “Foxhole.”
Richard joins NewsTalk 1010 host David Cooper on the coast-to-coast-to-coast late night “Showgram” to play the game “Did Richard Crouse Like This?” This week we talk about the surreal “Crimes of the Future,” the psychological thriller “The Righteous” and the audacious war film “Foxhole.”
“The Righteous,” a new supernatural thriller written, directed and starring “City on a Hill’s” Mark O’Brien, is an unsettling slow burn on redemption and retribution that asks, “What is the price of sin?”
“Be careful what you wish for. But be certain what you pray for.”
Shot in lush black and white, and set in a remote home far from the closest neighbor, the quiet of the surroundings echoes the somber lives led by Frederic (Henry Czerny) and Ethel (Mimi Kuzyk) Mason, a married couple still stinging from the loss of their daughter.
Frederic is a pious man, a former priest who left the church, in scandal, after falling for Ethel. Their carefully calibrated lives are turned upside down when Aaron Smith (O’Brien), an injured man with good manners and a secret, shows up at their door. Lost, he needs help, aid Frederic is happy to oblige. “Where are you from?” “Everywhere,” he replies.
At first, he’s a welcome guest. Ethel warms to him, finding comfort in the presence of a young person to fill the hole in her heart. But late-night dinner table conversations between Frederic and Aaron change the nature of their relationship, leading to a combustible situation and a horrifying request.
“The Righteous” is a psychological thriller that takes its time, doling out the story’s inherent sense of menace slowly but surely. As the tension mounts, director O’Brien resists the temptation to up the action. Instead, he trusts the script and performances to bring the strange, powerful story of atonement to its conclusion.
The horror of the situation escalates courtesy of the battle of wills between Aaron and Frederic. It’s the struggle between good and evil, of faith and the secular life, propelled by a series of kitchen table conversations between Aaron and Frederic that are the jaundiced soul of this story. Beautifully performed, they are chamber pieces, enhanced by subtle but effective shifts in lighting that telegraph the changing mood, and spiritual angst, of the scenes.
A small film containing big ideas, “The Righteous” succeeds because of a clarity of direction—O’Brien knows what he wants to do in every scene—and the performances, from Czerny’s tortured gravitas and Kuzyk’s warmth to O’Brien’s enigmatic work.
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A unique and darkly engaging spiritual thriller, strikingly shot in black and white, The Righteous tells the story of Frederic (Henry Czerny) a grieving man struggling with his faith, who helps an injured young man, Aaron Smith (Mark O’Brien) who stumbles onto his property one night, claiming to be lost in the woods. Frederic and his wife (Mimi Kuzyk) invite the man to stay for the night, but Frederic soon begins to have doubts about this enigmatic stranger’s story – and his motives for being there. When Aaron asks Frederic to commit an unspeakable deed, it becomes clear that the man is not who he seems, and has been sent to test the very limits of Frederic’s existence.
THE RIGHTEOUS had its WORLD PREMIERE at the 2021 Fantasia International Film Festival, and is in select theatres, June 3! TADFF and Vortex Media want to send some of our fans (and their guests) to the advance screening at 7:00PM, Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at the Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre (259 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3M6). The screening will be hosted by Canada’s favourite film critic, Richard Crouse.
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