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Unified Pictures, Media House Capital, A Single Shot Productions,

Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Ted Levine, Kelly Reilly, Jason Isaacs, Joe Anderson, Jeffrey Wright, Ophelia Lovibond, Amy Sloan, W. Earl Brown

John Moon (Sam Rockwell) is a hunter, though convicted a few times of poaching, he seems fearless as he hunts down game illegally. But a mistaken shot finds a beautiful young woman dead. John panics and decides to hide the body, but in the process finds a great deal of money hidden in a cave where he tries to hide the money. John has an estranged wife and daughter who quickly become the target of the bad backwoods criminals that find out that John has their money. Things just getting worse as John tries his best to resolve it without anyone more dying.

This is an unusual story. The backwoods West Virginia dialect is a little tough to follow, but it does feel very realistic. With a simple single storyline, you’d think this would get boring, but it never seems to. The story of one bad decision which leads to a landslide of events is actually quite interesting. This is another film that has been in my queue for ages, but has finally floated to the top of my queue. As intriguing as the story is by itself, I must say that Sam Rockwell’s performance is pretty good. He played the loner guy really well. William H Macy has a smaller role as the small town lawyer, but he never disappoints in bringing the role to life. There is a lot of intrigue and suspense and it was a nice surprise to pop this DVD in the player this afternoon. Not a well known movie at all, but certainly worth watching. I enjoyed this.

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DiNovi Pictures,

Katherine Heigl, Rosario Dawson, Geoff Stults, Isabella Rice, Cheryl Ladd, Simon Kassianides, Whitney Cummings, Robert Wisdom, Jayson Blair

Julia Banks (Rosario Dawson) is starting out on a new life. Just escaping from an abusive marriage, she met David Connover (Geoff Stults) and moved to San Francisco to start a new life. But the mother of his child, Tessa Connover (Katherine Heigl), is not ready to let go of her ex-husband, and uses daughter Lily (Isabella Kai Rice) to worm her way back into the family with disastrous results.

I enjoyed this film, but I must admit that it was by default as there wasn’t anything else really appealing this week. There is a lot of criticism by people who watch a lot of movies, that this film is very derivative of many other movies. This is true, but there are some updates to this story that make it different. First of all, it’s up to date with today’s technology, and a couple twists and turns. On the other hand, it is very similar to lots of other films. But the acting was good. Katherine Heigl was quite interesting as the bad guy, and Rosario Dawson was really good as usual. She did some really well done fight scenes that were top notch. Cheryl Ladd, one of the great actresses from the 70’s and 80’s has a small, but important role as Tessa’s mother, and adds a tremendous boost to the storyline. It was really suspenseful, and the technical side of the film from the soundtrack to the photography were really well done. So be aware, that this movie will be really easy to figure out, and it is highly predictable, and the story is similar to many other attempts at the same story, but if you’re so inclined, it is a very well done psychological thriller, this one has it. So choose wisely.

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Covert Media, QED International, Revolver Picture Company,

Jacki Weaver, Liana Liberato, Harrison Gilbertson, Ione Skye, Brian Wimmer, Danielle Chuchran, Ella Harris, Carl Hadra, Jan Broberg , Kasia Kowalczyk

Evan Asher (Harrison Gilbertson) and his family, Mom and Dad, and sisters move into an empty house that is haunted. Evan is kind of shy, but when he was out walking, he ran into another girl, Sam (Liana Liberato) out walking as well. Sam is rather mysterious, but the two form a bond. But when Evan finds a strange box in a room through a little door, the two are anxious to find out what it’s all about. But there is a history of something evil in that house, and the device connects them to the source of it to their doom. Something is going on and as they say, “Curiosity killed the cat!”

This is a decent, run of the mill, horror film, but there are some things that are a bit refreshing. Essentially it’s a ghost story, although they make about big deal about this miracle box that connects to another dimension, it’s essentially still just a ghost story. Actually this is a case where the beginning of the film is a lot better than the climax ending. It seemed like it kind of ran out of gas at the end. I can see why the ending is not a favorite of anyone who reviewed this film. But is was creepy in a haunted house sort of way. The two young actors who played the leads took on a rather difficult task to try and carry this film themselves. They did their best with it, and deserve a good deal of credit for taking on a daunting task like this and bringing it as far as they could. The rest of the case was basically just filler, except for the neighbor lady, Janet Morello, marvelously played by Jacki Weaver. She really shone in the role of the creepy person who did frighten me a few times. She has a very minor part, but her part is important to the story, and she is the keystone of the whole setup, and she really aced it. All in all this is a relatively scary little ghost story with a few problems and a botched up ending, but it is higher quality than most of the stuff out there, and though it’s not a hugely popular hit, it is an out of the ordinary surprising little horror film that didn’t disappoint me. I enjoyed it all the way up to the strange ending. Horror fans, give it a shot.

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Warner Bros., Electric City Entertainment, RatPac-Dune Entertainment,

Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, John Lithgow, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, Cynthia Addai-Robinson

Christian Wolff (Ben Afleck) is a genius in math, in fact he really has super powers in that area. He is “The Accountant” and is hired out by companies wanting to know what is happening with the finances in their corporation. He is able to see numbers in patterns that no one else can see and is a master at financial forensics. He also happens to be a master shooter, and is unbelievably good as a hired assassin. But as he works to solve the latest client’s problems along with the assistant provided to him, Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick), the body count starts to rise as the police try to pin him as the culprit, and the client wants him to stop investigating. But being who he is, Christian has to solve the problem and determine what is really behind this audacious crime. J.K. Simmons, Jeffrey Tambor, and John Lithgow also appear to further confuse the pot.

This is a very unusual role for Ben Affleck, but he was actually really good in this film. He plays a very quirky person in an excellent portrayal. Kendrick, on the other hand, is in a much more minor role, although she is important to the story. Her role is more wide eyed innocence, as she admires Christian, but is really in awe with what he can do. And neither of them realize the danger that they have to face. This is a suspenseful, action film, with lots of plot twists, although we’re in on what is going on long before the rest of the cast knows. It’s a bit difficult to follow, so you have to pay close attention to what is going on. It’s actually a good story, and I enjoyed the mystery of determining why the characters in this film do the things they do. I enjoyed this story and I can recommend this film for a pleasant evening trying to solve a great mystery.

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Columbia Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, LStar Capital, Mid Atlantic Films

Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan, Ben Foster, Sidse Babett Knudsen

Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is back for the third installment of the Dan Brown novel in the “Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons” series. This time he wakes up in a hospital in Italy with virtually no memory of what happened to him. His nurse, Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) tries to help him with his recovery and with his memory, but someone is out to get him, and so the end up chasing all over Europe trying to solve the mystery of a evil plot to release the plague virus on the world. This time it’s based on a picture of the levels of hell in Dante’s “Inferno” and trying to decode the message and save the world is a very challenging task in this high energy spy like thriller.

What is it they call Robert? It’s like symbologist or something like that, if that’s a word. Is there such a thing? Anyway, this film is directed by Ron Howard, so it’s a high tech action thriller and all that. I wasn’t completely sold on the whole thing. There wasn’t anything wrong with Tom Hanks or Felicity Jones’ performance that put me off, and there was lots of explosions, tension, chases, suspense, and all that, but I find these stories a little bit confusing and hard to follow. Yes, eventually they figure it all out and they get it, but the focus on how he decodes these ancient messages from common works of art is sometimes just more than I care to know. Ian Fleming’s 007 has been saving the world from evil madmen for years and years, and it never gets old because the villain always takes to time to tell his plot to take over the world and manages to keep it simple stupid. (KISS). In these series of films the effort is in trying to make me understand how he uses symbols, solves clues, and gets secret decoder ring messages in a way that totally loses my interest and goes over my head. This is a prime reason why I have not really liked any of these three films. It’s just a bit off putting for me, and though Hanks and Jones and their friends and enemies put in a really good effort with wonderful acting and though it is exciting and looks great, one cylinder was missing and I was just bombarded by the hidden meaning of rearranging Dante’s levels of hell that I found, let’s face it, basically tedious and boring. That’s why I think a lot of these types of films are better done than the Da Vinci Code series, and why I’ve never had a desire to read the books, either. I wouldn’t say that it’s not worth it to watch it, especially on DVD or streaming, but just don’t expect to be blown away with the wonderful plot. Goldfinger’s plan to set off a nuclear bomb in Fort Knox to turn all the gold toxic was a lot easier for me to follow. 🙂 Ron Howard did a good job and it looks great, but the novel was a bit hard to turn into a movie that popped.

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