‘Compliance’ is edgy, in your face filmmaking

Dreama Walker in 'Compliance'
Dreama Walker in ‘Compliance’

[rating=3]Starring: Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy, Bill Camp, Phillip Ettinger, James McCaffrey, Ashlie Atkinson
Director(s): Craig Zobel
Writer(s): Craig Zobel

The prank calls to fast food restaurants began in 1992. The callers would claim to be cops, or regional managers, and order the manager on duty to strip-search an employee. The fad picked up steam in the new millennium until an incident in 2004 in Mount Washington, KY. That real-life incident is the basis for the new film Compliance, and while the fast food franchise and the names have been changed, elements of what happen in the film are taken from the real life incident.

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Shia LaBeouf is woefully miscast in intense ‘Lawless’

 

Tom Hardy in 'Lawless'
Tom Hardy in ‘Lawless’

Lawless comes from a historical novel, “The Wettest County in the World.” It’s the story of three brothers in Prohibition era Franklin County, Virginia. “Forrest Bondurant” (Tom Hardy) is the family’s leader, while his brothers “Howard Bondurant” (Jason Clarke) and “Jack Bondurant” (Shia LaBeouf) follow his lead. They are in the moonshine business and “Cricket” (Dane DeHaan) has a knack for brewing up some of the best ‘shine around.

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‘The Manzanar Fishing Club’ tells amazing tale

'The Manzanar Fishing Club'
‘The Manzanar Fishing Club’

It is one of the darkest stains on our nation’s tradition of liberty and freedom for all. I’m referring to the forced internment of over 120,000 Japanese-Americans in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The first of the internment camps was created at Manzanar, in the Owens valley of California, not too far from the towns of Lone Pine and Independence. It was here that the story behind a new documentary film entitled The Manzanar Fishing Club took place.

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