With a marriage on the rocks and a young teenage son to raise, High School Classics teacher, Claire Peterson (Jennifer Lopez), is a at her weakest moment. But, timing is everything, and new neighbor Noah Sandborn (Ryan Guzman) is in the right place at the right time to catch and seduce Claire. Driven mad with passion, Noah’s affection for Claire comes on strong and loud but a dangerous breaking point seems imminent. Can Claire appease the demon that is Noah, will she save her family, or will she be silenced and forced to live in a self imposed purgatory? Directed by Rob Cohen, written by Barbara Curry, and produced by Jennifer Lopez this narcissistic “thriller” is not only poorly written, miserably and laughably acted, it’s also horridly edited in what appears to be a cover up for lack of coverage whilst on set. Meanwhile, the film’s overall plot is so telegraphed and anticlimactic, when we finally get to the 91 minute closing sequence, a gasp for fresh air feels mandatory. Not worth your movie dollar, unless you feel like looking at Mystery Science Theater fodder? The Boy Next Door is rated R.
Based on the life story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) and his experience in the Middle East contrasted with his homelife stateside; Kyle’s sniper eye is deadly accurate, but, with four tours of duty under his belt the ravages of PTSD can bring even the strongest individuals to their knees. Finding the strength to make it home to his wife (Sienna Miller) and kids will take all the tenacity he can muster, will it be soon enough? Echoes and reminiscent of 1978’s Oscar winning The Deer Hunter, Director Clint Eastwood takes a slight departure from his “Letters From” wartime format to focus on the very current, topical, and equally horrific military experience and the accompanying baggage that our soldiers bring back mentally. Emotionally detached at times, Eastwood’s stark and unapologetic examination drives home just how devastating war is to both sides. And, Bradley Cooper, simply put, offers his best performance to date; this is powerhouse material through and through. Totally worth your time, American Sniper is rated R.
Drifting between clarity and a drug induced haze that was the 70’s, Private Investigator Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Pheonix) is called into action when a former girlfriend, Shasta (Katherine Waterson), goes missing with real estate tycoon Michael Z. Wolfmann (Eric Roberts). Meanwhile, Lt. Detective Bigfoot (Josh Brolin) has an interrupting crime fighting agenda of his own. Will Sportello manage to solve his mystery before Bigfoot makes more trouble and all is lost? With hints of a Hunter S. Thompson adventure yet based on the novel of Thomas Pynchon, Director Paul Thomas Anderson has created an interesting mix of impeccably fast and sharp dialogue mixed with a slow burning story that smolders and smokes but never seems to erupt into an inferno blaze. While oddly shaped characters fill our minds, the ensemble does a fantastic job melting into their misshapen figures; and, for those in the mood to take a swim in the chaos of L.A.’s ridiculous underbelly circa 1970 whilst on peyote, look no further, you’ve found your escape, grab your swim trunks and that baseball bat over there in the corner, you might just need it, you might also just wind up confused, so there’s that. Worthy of at least your matinee dollar Inherent Vice is rated R.