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2021, Saban Films, 96 min, USA, Dir: BenDavid Grabinski

Tom (Joel McHale) and Janet (Kerry Bishé) have been happily married for 14 years. In fact, “happily” is a severe understatement. Their honeymoon phase never ended. But a visit from a mysterious stranger (Stephen Root) thrusts them into an existential crisis that leads to a dead body, a lot of questions and a very tense couples’ trip with a group of friends who may not actually be friends at all. Are Tom and Janet the victims of an elaborate prank? Or was the mysterious stranger even human to begin with? HAPPILY is a darkly comedic thriller with a stellar ensemble cast and a dozen twists and turns - an adult romantic comedy in the spirit of The Twilight Zone.

2015, Vanishing Angle, 107 min, USA, Dir: Dennis Hauk

Director Dennis Hauk’s explosive debut serves as equal parts contemporary noir, L.A. love letter and cinematography school. Comprised of five single-shot scenes (each the length of a roll of 35mm film), TOO LATE follows the path of Sampson (John Hawkes, terrific here), a hard boiled, hard-luck private investigator intent on unweaving a web of deceit, corruption and murder spanning the City of Angels. With its lead character dropped into one tight situation after another, each scene in this tightly crafted jigsaw puzzle is a joy to experience, underpinned by Hauck’s razor-sharp script and a brilliant cast that includes Dichen Lachman and seasoned vets Robert Forster and Jeff Fahey.

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