The Unholy (2021, dir. Evan Spiliotopoulos)

A disgraced journalist stumbles across what appears to be a religious miracle. Autumnal modest adaptation of James Herbert’s novel Shrine, transplanted to New England. Fudges its approach: part investigative thriller, part jumpscare horror. One or other would have been better, though a solid cast does what it can.

Here’s the trailer.

Silk Road (2021, dir. Tiller Russell)

A tech wiz develops an online trading portal for drugs: a burnout agent begins to investigate. Loosely based on a true story, this thriller/drama plays off opposites – digital/analogue, young/old – to generally OK if at-times soapy effect. No real surprises, but some effective playing from a decent cast. Paul Walter Hauser shines in a key supporting role.

Here’s the trailer.