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For Wendy (Dakota Fanning), the world is as big as it is confusing. Autistic and living in a San Francisco group home under the tutelage of Scottie (Toni Collette), Wendy has learned what to do and how to do — from which color sweater to wear on Tuesdays to saying the right thing to customers while handing out samples at Cinnabon — it’s just the why that trips her up. And while her day job at Cinnabon and her living space bring comfort and routine, Wendy’s life lacks purpose and adventure. She finds it in a Star Trek spec script … Continue reading PLEASE STAND BY

Movie Beat – 01.10.14

The Banshee Chapter – James (Michael McMillian) is really into mind-altering drugs. He manages to get his hands on some military grade DMT and decides to take it in the name of science. When things go horribly wrong, his friend and journalist, Anne (Katia Winter) tries to track James down, figure out what went wrong, and why the CIA abandoned past DMT studies. Just a guess, but I don’t think things turn out particularly well. Co-starring Ted Levine, Jenny Gabrielle, Monique Candelaria, and David Midthunder. Written by Blair Erickson and Daniel J. Healy with Erickson directing. Out in limited release … Continue reading Movie Beat – 01.10.14

Movie Beat – 12.13.13

American Hustle – It’s all about the con, not the con-artist, but the con. Every business, every transaction, every dream levied is a con in one way or another, and director David O. Russell is out to show everyone how deep the con goes. Christian Bale and Amy Adams are the con artist, Jennifer Lawrence is his ex-wife, Bradley Cooper is the FBI agent needing a little help, Jeremy Renner is the politician who is conning everyone, and Eric Singer and David O. Russell are the writers who concocted this whole shebang. Out in limited release from Sony Pictures.   … Continue reading Movie Beat – 12.13.13