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Housebound (2014)

Housebound (2014)

Housebound (2014) Kylie is an angry, destructive, juvenile delinquent who get sentenced to house arrest after a botched ATM robbery. She is forced to move back into her childhood home with her mother and stepfather, and to make matters worse the house might be haunted. Kylie is placed under house arrest with an electronic ankle bracelet enforcing her confinement. This turns out to be every bit as bad a punishment for her mother and stepfather as it is for her. Kylie is…

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Before I Fall (2017)

Before I Fall (2017)

Before I Fall (2017) Before I Fall is a cross between Mean Girls and Groundhog Day with a dash of suicide prevention thrown in. Now that I write that, it doesn’t sound too appealing, but this tight little teen drama held my attention and had me almost liking even the meanest mean girl. And that’s a real trick when you make the antagonist somewhat likable and completely understandable. I’ve seen time loop movies before and this one jumps into a familiar genre and makes each…

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The Little Death (2014)

The Little Death (2014)

The Little Death (streaming on Netflix) Taken from the french “La Petite Mort” which describes “the brief loss or weakening of consciousness” or for my American movie going audience “I’ll have what she’s having”. I’m glad I don’t have to try and pronounce the “La Petite Mort” because I sound stupid when I speak french correctly, and a complete idiot when I get it wrong, which is most of the time. And speaking of stupid, there is nothing that makes…

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Tallulah (2016)

Tallulah (2016)

Tallulah (2016) Netflix Streaming Tallulah is not your average girl. If this were the 60’s she would have been a hippy, but it’s not and she is just a girl living off the grid and out of her van. She will work if she has to and steal when she can. She has a good heart, but not a lot of integrity. Her life works well for her until her boyfriend leaves her and while looking for him she ends up…

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These Final Hours (2013)

These Final Hours (2013)

These Final Hours (Netflix Streaming) What if you knew you were going to die in the next 24-48 hours? How would you behave? What would it look like if everyone knew they were going to die soon? Would there be any law and order, how about human decency? In These Final Hours some unspecified global event is setting the world on fire and time is running out. The story focuses on James a tough guy looking to spend his last…

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ARQ (2016)

ARQ (2016)

ARQ (2016) I just streamed this little time travel movie on Netflix and was really disappointed when it was over because I wanted more. Since it was rated TV-MA I thought I was watching the pilot to a new series, but it was just a made for tv movie. It’s similar to Edge of Tomorrow and Groundhog Day in that the protagonists live one day and loop back and do it again. It follows the time loop movie rules with a few…

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Deepwater Horizon (2016)

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

Deepwater Horizon (2016) I like disaster flicks for one simple reason: Crises reveals character. Day to day most lives are boring, but when crises arises people’s mettle is exposed. On the Deepwater Horizon mobile drilling platform many things go terribly wrong and we get to see these common working men and women rise out of the fire as real life heroes. There are books describing the accident, but reading about this is much less fun than watching it. Ok there’s another reason I…

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The Accountant (2016)

The Accountant (2016)

The Accountant (2016) The problem with most movies of this type is the protagonist is usually too perfect. He is brilliant, charming, witty, looks great in a tux (he owns his own), and is an expert at foreign espionage. That is not the case with The Accountant. He is so obviously flawed when it comes to social interactions that he can barely function. That’s what makes this so much fun. Ben Affleck stars as the titular accountant alongside Anna Kendrick…

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Five from TubiTV

Five from TubiTV

Tubitv.com Tubi TV (Tube-E TV) has an impressive library for a new up-and-comer to the online streaming market. Tubi TV is a free streaming service that utilizes commercials for funding, much like YouTube and Crackle. I searched through their catalog and found many movies I liked so I thought I would list a few as an introduction to their service. 12 Angry Men (1957) Henry Fonda stars as the sole holdout in a jury negotiating a seemingly open and shut case involving a…

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The Nice Guys (2016)

The Nice Guys (2016)

The Nice Guys (2016) The two guys in The Nice Guys are anything but nice. Holland March (Ryan Gosling) is a sleazy private eye and single father with a serious drinking problem, and Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) is a hired thug who will “put a hurting” on someone for as little as twenty dollars. The only nice character here is Holly March the eleven year old daughter and the conscience of the film. The Nice Guys is a classic LA noir…

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