3 mystery thrillers to binge in the new year

PARIS – France striker Kylian Mbappe has turned his back on “several tens of millions” of euros in a bid to ease a possible move away from Paris Saint-Germain, a source involved in the negotiations told AFP on Thursday (Friday Manila time).

In an agreement he reached with the club last summer, the source claims Mbappe waived bonuses amounting to around 60 to 70 million euros ($65.6 million to $76.6 million), covering the club financially in the event of his likely departure when his contract expires in June.

Mbappe has been free to sign anywhere he wishes since the transfer window opened on Monday.

French daily Le Parisien cites an 80 million euro ‘loyalty’ bonus that he should have received last September, and other bonuses taking the total to 100 million euros.

These figures, however, were denied by the source close to the negotiations.

“With the agreement I reached with the president this summer, whatever my decision, we managed to protect all parties and preserve the club’s peace of mind for the challenges to come – that’s the most important thing,” Mbappe said on Wednesday after PSG’s victory in the Champions Trophy.

The agreement means PSG wi ll be covered if Mbappe, who said he has not yet made a decision on his future, leaves without a transfer fee.

According to Le Parisien, the contract he signed in 2022 secured Mbappe a salary of 72 million euros per year, a signing bonus of 150 million euros and a loyalty bonus which rose from 70 million euros in year one to 90 million in year three.

By staying in Paris until June, without extending his contract beyond that, Mbappe could have secured a payment of more than 200 million euros.

With no transfer fee involved, h e would likely be compensated by a healthy signing-on fee for any club he might join in the summer.

When contacted by AFP, there was no immediate reaction from Mbappe’s entourage while PSG has declined to comment.

MANILA, Philippines — There is something about mystery movies that makes t hem so attractive to film lovers across generations.

They have a unique ability to engage audiences, keep them guessing until the end, involve them in the thought process, allow them to delve into the complexities of human nature, and explore the motives and psychology behind criminal acts and of the people trying to solve them.

Given how enticing all that sounds, what about a whodunit marathon? Let the deductions begin!

“The Rising” is a British supernatural mystery series with a unique voice because the story is told from the murder victim’s point of view.

In this innovative mystery, an adaptation of the Belgian thriller “Hotel Beau Sejour,” Neve Kelly (played by Clara Rugaard, whose films include “Press Play” and “I Am Mother”) discovers she is dead.

Now invisible to people she knows, Neve witnesses her own autopsy and finds a potential ally to discover who her killer is.

As the first season progresses, Neve wants to find if there are others like her and investigates a local myth with terrifying consequences and new evidence.

The story plays on the darker aspects of the human psyche and the themes of justice, jealousy, revenge, and obsession.

“She’s the hero of her own story, which is what I think makes this show so interesting,” Rugaard said of her character. “It’s also a show jam-packed with brilliantly complex characters, badass action motocross sequences, stunning scenery from the North of England, covering themes of love, family, self-discovery, and adolescence, with a cool and bold aesthetic and a supernatural twist.”

British Intelligence meets Texas Justice in this 2023 film starring Thomas Jane (“The Punisher,” “Deep Blue Sea”), John Malkovich (“Red,” “Con Air”), and Dominique Tipper (“The Expanse”).

“One Ranger” is a white-knuckle action-thriller featuring a highly skilled, gun-slinging Texas ranger who tracks a bank robber across the desert and discovers he’s an international terrorist set on detonating a bomb in the heart of London.

When the lawman’s partner is killed, he is recruited by a British intelligence agent and her boss to bring the outlaw to justice.

“With characters that are grounded in a sense of reality and real life, you sense that these people are walking around with us, breathing the same air as we do, the same worries, the same emotional challenges and yet at the end of the day, they would never call themselves heroes. They are the first ones there and the last ones to leave,” Jane said in an interview with Movie Web.

He adds, “I hope they leave knowing the world is a slightly better place because the Texas Rangers are in it.”

“Gray” stars Rupert Everett (“My Best Friend’s Wedding”) and Patricia Clarkson (“Sharp Objects,” “The Maze Runner”), the latter as the titular CIA spy who comes in from the cold after 20 years in hiding and discovers a new mole within her old spy network.

Espionage stories are often loosely based on real-world events and historical figures in politics and global conflicts. They never fail to deliver an adrenaline rush from the high-stakes intrigue in the secret world of spies.

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