Small Town Crime (2017)

US / 92 minutes / color with some bw / 6 Foot, Avva, John J. Kelly Entertainment, Saban Dir & Scr: Eshom Nelms, Ian Nelms Pr: Parisa Caviani, Brad Johnson, John J. Kelly Cine: Johnny Derango Cast: John Hawkes, Anthony Anderson, Octavia Spencer, Robert Forster, Clifton Collins Jr., Jeremy Ratchford, James Lafferty, Michael Vartan, Daniel Sunjata, Don Harvey, Stefanie Scott, Caity Lotz, Dale Dickey, Michelle Lang, Michael Flynn, Katie Cockrell, Stefania Barr.

Somewhere in Utah, Mike Kendall (Hawkes), kicked out of the PD because of his drunkenness, survives on unemployment checks and the charity of his adoptive sister Kelly Banks (Spencer) and her husband Teddy (Anderson). Driving one day on a remote road, he discovers the dumped body of a dying woman, Kristy (Barr). When later she dies in hospital he decides to don the mantle of a PI to find her killer.

John Hawkes as Mike Kendall.

The trail leads him to the club/hooker ring run by Randy (Don Harvey) and thence to Mood (Collins), the pimp whose hookers Kristy, Rose (Cockrell) and Ivy (Scott) partook in a “birthday party” for three rich dudes. Now a couple of killers—Orthopedic (Ratchford) and Tony Lama (Lafferty)—are in town to Continue reading

snapshot: Cop Car (2015)

US / 88 minutes / color / Audax, Dark Arts, Park, End Cue, Expedition, Focus World Dir: Jon Watts Pr: Cody Ryder, Alicia Van Couvering, Sam Bisbee, Andrew Kortschak, Jon Watts Scr: Jon Watts, Christopher Ford Cine: Matthew J. Lloyd, Larkin Seiple Cast: Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Camryn Manheim, Shea Whigham, Kyra Sedgwick (voice).

A movie the Coen Brothers might have made if they didn’t have much of a budget, an enjoyable dark comedy—very dark, in places—set somewhere in flyover country where cattle outnumber people.

Two ten-year-old boys, Harrison (Wellford) and the more outgoing Travis (Freedson-Jackson), have just this morning run away from home and are on the verge of getting bored with freedom when they come across what appears to be an abandoned police car, sitting in a copse in the middle of nowhere. Naturally they Continue reading