Bellanova Films, Ugly Duckling Films,

Nicholas Brendon, Maury Sterling, Elizabeth Gracen, Emily Foxler, Lorene Scafaria, Hugo Armstrong, Lauren Maher, Alex Manugian

Four couples are gathered together for a dinner party on a night when a comet is supposed to pass close by the Earth. When power goes out everywhere. But down the block is a house with lights on, and though it’s very unsettling, they determine that someone ought to go down and check it out and see why the lights are still on. But when they get there, it sets off a very strange set of events with cosmic repercussions, in this strange science fiction thriller.

Most of this movie the group will spend trying to figure out what the hell is going on. Surely you will be too. When it’s over, you’ll get the gist of what happened, but trying to understand the physics of it will blow your mind. When this comet passes, strange things certainly happen, and trying to figure out who is who is very difficult. I have been a fan all my life, of science fiction stories, movies, and TV shows. When 2001, A Space Odyssey came out, my friends and I spent weeks talking about the hidden meanings in this film. I have pondered the paradox of time travel, and the possibility of traveling to the stars, things lots of kids think about. But I must admit this is the most screwed up sci-fi story I have ever seen. This is worthy of Twilight Zone or Outer Limits. But the thing about this film that added a lot to my enjoyment of it is the fact that this is a very little B film. Independently made and produced, it was a labor of love for all the actors and crew, and it shows. With a little budget and a lot of imagination, they went out and created a very interesting, if convoluted story. Not for everyone, some people will be so confused they’ll give up, but if you’re a fan of hard core science fiction, give this film a chance as it’s truly one of a kind!

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Eone Films,

Katie Holmes, James Badge Dale, Callan Mulvey, Jean Smart, Tyler Corbet

Miss Meadows (Katie Holmes) is a charming and gentle school teacher with one bad quality. She cannot stand bad manners, and if she see’s someone is guilty, she won’t hesitate to blow their brains out. Things are going along smoothly until she meets and falls for the local sheriff (James Bedge Dale) who is catching on to who is committing all the killings around time and tries to get her to stop. But when they go after her elementary school kids, Miss Meadows isn’t about to let that go down.

This is a very strange film. It’s very, very quirky, and is certainly a very dark comedy. But there’s something so outrageous about the whole thing, that it’s fascinating to watch. I don’t know what prompted Katie Holmes to take this role, as she had to know it was not going to bring her a lot of attention, but I imagine it was a great deal of fun to do. The town and the sets look like something out of Pleasantville or Leave It To Beaver, but Katie’s grace and charm is such a contrast to her unflinching killing that it is absurd in a good way. If you’re a fan of dark comedies, this is a really good one. I can imagine a lot of people will not understand it, and will be off put by the whole story line, yet those who can get the joke will enjoy this very unusual adventure through absurdity. Katie really does a great job in a most incredible role. I can recommend this to those who love the silly. It’s a very unusual movie and one that’s a lot of fun if you just go with it.

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Bold Films, Film Afrika Worldwide,

Stephen Dorff, Svetlana Metkina, Maisie Williams, Peter Stormare

Paul (Stephen Dorff) is a research scientist. He’s about to leave on a trip to Africa, but his ex-wife calls to let him know his teenage daughter has been acting out, and needs some attention from her father. But Paul is taking his new girlfriend along to make it a vacation for her. So the daughter comes along, but their relationship is very strained. But when Paul is suddenly killed, the only means of survival for the two of them is to work together, and try to walk out of the African desert together.

Many people did not like this film very much. I’m not sure why, because for me it was a suspenseful survival thriller. The thought of being stranded in the desert with the intense heat, wild animals and lack of water and supplies is horrifying. The acting is very good, and the locations are stunningly barren. With a great deal of suspense and danger keeping us on the edge of our seat, this was an exciting film to watch. It does start out slowly, and it appears to be an “absent father, bratty kid” melodrama, but it quickly gets going and turns into an exciting and suspenseful adventure. After the first 30 minutes or so, the movie moves along quickly. The characters are believable, and the story is well told. The bad guys are really bad. I enjoyed this a good deal and recommend it as a nice action adventure.

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This Week on DVD – 2/24/2015
Movie Rentals Releasing Tuesday February 17, 2015


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Ocean Blue Entertainment,

Ed Harris, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria, Amy Madigan, Aden Young

A former Arizona sheriff’s wife, Olivia (Amy Madigan) is killed while riding her horse along their ranch property near the Mexican border. When her husband Roy (Ed Harris) comes to find her, it appears to him that she was killed by some Mexican guys who were sneaking across the border, and he sets out to find them and see they are punished. But there are many layers to this film, and as he peels back layer by layer, the story may be quite different in the end.

This is, first and foremost, a western. Western’s are very rare in today’s cinema. That fact on it’s own is a big plus for the film. But I’ve seen several pretty good border crossing movies, and I truly think this is the best of the genre. This movie doesn’t really pick sides, but is an excellent look at all the different sides of the issue. As in real life, there is no black and white, but many shades of gray. The acting in this film is wonderful. Ed Harris is perfect as the ex-sheriff who is love with his wife, but who resents her kindness to the people who enter illegally. The story is very rich, and excellently crafted, and they told the story in a beautiful way. We know the truth from the moment it happened, but the truth, although Roy tries his best to find it for good or bad, is not the important thing. It’s how the facts affect everyone in a different way. I felt this was one of the best acted, best told stories I have seen in a long long time. This is a film that ought to be gathering much more attention than it did, and it’s certainly one of those hidden gems that come and go without attracting a lot of buzz, but if you’re lucky enough to stumble across it, it’s well worth your time. I really enjoyed this story, and I bet you will too.

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