I really enjoyed reading Survive the Night (2021) by Riley Sager. It's the story of a young college student, named Charlie. Two months earlier, her college roommate and best friend, Maddy, was the third victim of a serial killer on campus, known as the Campus Killer. Charlie feels the need to get away from school and go home to visit her grandmother in Ohio. Since she doesn't drive, she is looking for a ride share on the campus ride board and by chance meets a guy, Josh, who is looking to drive her in exchange for gas money. Josh calls Charlie and tells her he will be picking her up at 9 pm. Charlie is having second thoughts at having a complete stranger drive her home. From the moment she gets in his car, and the more they talk, she starts to get an uneasy feeling that he could be the Campus Killer. The story is what happens in the next few hours on their road trip. Should Charlie escape, should she call for help, or should she just run... is he the serial killer?
George & Margaret Blackledge (played by Kevin Costner and Diane Lane), are a retired sheriff and his wife living with their son, daughter-in-law and grandson, on a Montana ranch. Their son, James dies in a horse riding accident and then many years later, their daughter-in-law, Lorna , remarries Donnie Weboy. Margaret sees that this union is very abusive and wants to get her ex daughter-in-law and grandson back. Lorna, Donnie and her son are taken away by Donnie's family. And George and Margaret must go to long measures to locate their grandson. Neither Donnie's family or George & Margaret are willing to let the boy go and George must rescue his grandson before it's too late. Very good movie.
Watch Horizon Line (PG-13) available on DVD.
Known mostly for his comedic roles, Adam Sandler does a terrific job playing Howard Ratner, a gambling addict in New York City's Diamond District. He owns a jewelry store and struggles to pay off his massive gambling debts (well over $100,000). He has a rare and expensive opal smuggled into the U.S, but he lets basketball star Kevin Garrett borrow it for one night after he insists the stone will bring him good luck for his game. Howard has trouble retrieving the opal afterwards, and the people he owes money to are fed up. This anxiety-inducing thriller will you have biting your nails as you follow Howard through nerve-wracking scenes. As the stakes grow impossibly high, so does your anticipation for the final scenes; the end will leave you speechless.