Want a horror flick that will make you cringe? Or perhaps you prefer a more straight-up thriller? July and August offer a bit of both, with Kiefer Sutherland and Bradley Cooper handling the scares, and Woody Harrelson and Don Cheadle coming at you with mind-bending twists and turns. There will be blood, and maybe even a couple unintentional laughs, but if you want a reason to make that person sitting beside you grab your arm, these films may do the trick.
Starring: Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Jeff Daniels, Neal McDonough, Archie PanjabiDirector: Jeffrey NachmanoffStory: Cheadle stars as a former special-ops officer who stayed in Afghanistan after his tour of duty was finished. The FBI decides that his affiliations with alleged terrorist groups make him either the perfect undercover operative or an extremely dangerous man, but which is he? Pearce plays the FBI agent on Cheadle’s tail.One to watch? Maybe. Producer David Hoberman told Entertainment Weekly, “The movie deals with the subject of terrorism evenhandedly. It’s not black and white but gray and religious-based.” But will this movie have the post-Sept. 11 serious-subject-matter curse? Thriller fans turn up their noses, but politics have been the backdrop for many a great film (“Three Days of the Condor,” “Day of the Jackal”). Actor Steve Martin is actually the brains behind this idea, though director Nachmanoff (“Day After Tomorrow” writer) penned the screenplay.Web site: http://www.traitor-themovie.com/ Release date: Aug. 27