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Odyssey Media,

John Cusack, Thomas Jane, Damien Garvey, Zoe Ventoura, Christopher Morris

Peter Roberts (Thomas Jane) was a top notch race car driver. But his wife wanted him to quit as she was pulling in a decent salary and she was afraid he might get hurt. So he works part time as a driving instructor. One day he is requested to teach Simon Keller (John Cusack) and he sets out to teach him how to drive on the “other” side of the road since he is not familiar with driving on that side. But after a brief stop at the bank, Peter learns he is now the getaway driver of a massive bank heist, and they are running for their lives from both the good guys AND the bad guys in this exciting high speed adventure.

John Cusack is really good in this role that is just right for him. It was great casting. He’s perfect for those understated, overly calm, crazy people that is perfect for this role. Jane on the other hand, is very good at the broken down, self doubting husband, who is afraid that his wife doesn’t care for him anymore. He’s making choices to try to make her happy, but the more he tries, the more he fails, so even though he is appalled at being kidnapped and forced to drive on a trip that he probably won’t survive, on some level it’s the most excitement he’s had in a long time. This is an action packed adventure with some Fast and Furious style driving, gun fights, double crosses, and twists and turns all the way through. I saw this film on Netflix and I found it actually worth-while. It has been in my watch list for quite a while, and I’m glad that I finally got around to it/ I should have watched it sooner, as it was an exciting film.

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Apartment Two, Demarest Films, Flynn Picture Company,

Miles Teller, Analeigh Tipton, Jessica Szohr, Kid Cudi

Megan (Analeigh Tipton) is a lost soul. She moved to New York and majored in Pre-Med with no intention of ever finishing. She was in love and planned to quit school and get married, but when her boyfriend suddenly bailed on her, she found her self depressed and living with her roommate, without a job or a plan, and no intention of continuing school. Her roommate signs her up for an internet dating site and encourages her to pick someone for a one-night stand. So she finds Alec (Miles Teller) and heads off to meet him at his apartment. In the morning, she wants to get out of there, but a world class blizzard that shuts down the city, and they find themselves trapped inside for another day forcing them to try to get to know one another, if they don’t kill each other first.

This is an interesting concept for a movie, and it does work. Annaleigh is very good in her role, and she really does a great job. Miles is pretty good as well. These two play off each other really well. It’s a romantic comedy, for sure, but at the same time, it kind of has a good purpose. The story unwinds slowly, with a number of surprise twists and turns along the way. The city location is really nice, and this movie sort of executes as if it were a stage play. Most of the story takes place in Alec’s apartment, so there is not a lot of action, but that puts more emphasis on the dialog. The development of the level of knowledge Alec and Megan learn about each other is what makes this such an interesting character study. I enjoyed watching this, and I can recommend it if you like interesting character development and an intelligent script.

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Sweet Tomato Films,

Haley Joel Osment, Lorenza Izzo, Chris Williams, Glen Powell, Matt Walsh, Retta, Abby Elliott, Castille Landon, Lamorne Morris

Ed Cole is a teacher. He’s struggling to find a position though, as there are no jobs available. The only position he could get is to monitor the students who are put into detention, and as it’s an inner city type school, the kids there are a bit troubled. When a girl asks to go to the rest room, and then returns in a panic thinking she’s dying from a condition she was not prepared for, Ed thinks perhaps the kids really need to have someone teach them the things that they are ashamed to ask their parents about. So Ed begins a Sex Ed class where any question is open for discussion. But when Reverend Hamilton, father of one of the students who was in the class finds out about it, he complains to the school board about the unauthorized class being taught without parental consent. So Ed has to defend his work, but perhaps he’s the worst one to teach the class since he has no personal experience at all on the subject.

This is a comedy that is right out of the liberal vs. conservative arguments today about what schools should and not be teaching. But it’s also like an episode of “Where are they now” as many of us haven’t seen Haley Joel Osment since he saw dead people in Sixth Sense. He’s here, and he’s grown up into a very strapping gentleman and is a good actor. The film is mostly funny, but there’s a mix of romance as his roommate is a raunchy devil who seems insistent that Ed lower his standards for “the perfect girl” just to build his confidence, but of course about this time he meets the girl of his dreams who is already taken. The movie is a bit raunchy, and is Non-Rated, and it’s also rarely heard of, but it is currently streaming on Netflix and may be around in some other venues. It’s got a real message, and has some “redeeming qualities”, but is also filled with humor and jokes, and is certainly not boring. Certainly this is not going to be a popular film, but it’s not all that bad. It’s well constructed and not too bad.

    NOTICE: THIS IS THE RED BAND TRAILER AND IS RATED R.

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Unified Pictures, Tee Rob Pictures, Amberdale Productions,

Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne, William H. Macy

Sam (Billy Crudup) is a single Dad whose life spirals out of control when his college age son is recently deceased. He’s a power ad executive, but just can’t deal with the pain. After he loses his job, he takes a spin at house painting and lives on a boat and heads deeper and deeper into despair. When his ex-wife drops off their son’s demo tapes for songs that he wrote, Sam starts singing them at a local bar, but as the music becomes quite popular, he is faced with the fact that he has stolen his son’s music and must face the consequences.

This is a very dark indie film, that tells a great story. William H. Macy has a rather small part, but he is the director and he is so talented. He really brought this film to the screen in a very touching manner, and it really affects you in the way the story unfolds. He does an excellent job here. Anton Yelchin, who recently passed away in a tragic accident is very memorable here. His role in pivotal in the epiphany that Sam has to come to and does a very good job as well. You’ll see that Selena Gomez is listed, and her role is rather small. Since her boyfriend (Sam’s son) dies in the first few minutes, and since she is boy’s girlfriend, I can only assume that she is here for her star power. It’s a small role, but completely dramatic, and she handles it well. The story is somewhat shocking, and you have to come to feel sorry for Sam, though you’d like to smack him at the same time, and there are several other actors who turn in excellent performances. The star power here is fierce and the story, though dark, is quite touching. I have often wondered of how people deal with issues like this, and this film seems, (to me at least) to portray it in a very stark, realistic manner. This is rated R because of the intensity of the subject matter, and though the usual stuff that earns an R rating is not present here, it’s still likely to be disturbing for younger teens, so I would stick with the R rating. For those who are older though, I think this is a good example of an excellent independent film, and I can imagine it was popular in the film festival circuit. Give it a shot, it’s a worthwhile tale.

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