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The Call Review


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After this unusually well-made thriller builds suspense to almost unbearable levels, the filmmakers nearly throw everything away with a gear-change so contrived that we can't help but laugh. It's one of those ill-conceived final acts that seems to have been written by a focus group that wanted to see something "satisfying" on screen even if it violates the integrity of the entire story. Fortunately the cast is good enough to get away with it.

Most of the story takes place in a Los Angeles emergency call centre, where Jordan (Berry) receives a horrific call from a teen girl who's being stalked in her own home. And Jordan blames herself for the violence that follows. Six months later, she has removed herself to a training job, but gets roped in when another teen, Casey (Breslin), calls in panic from the boot of a moving car. This is clearly the same villain (Eklund) as before, and Jordan does everything she can to help Casey both survive and reveal her location. Along the way Jordan's assisted by a passerby (Imperioli) as well as her cop ex-boyfriend (Chestnut).

So far so good, as both Jordan's and Casey's perspectives ratchet up the emotional intensity. The kidnapper is seriously deranged and oddly difficult to track as time runs out. And here's where the film jumps the rail: Jordan takes matters into her own hands, heading out into danger without bothering to call for back-up. This sets up a rather terrifying final showdown that would have been much more involving if we could believe it.

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The Call Trailer


Jordan Turner is a 911 emergency call operator whose life is turned upside down when one distressed girl's call complaining of an intruder in her house ends in a brutal murder. Shaken and traumatised, Jordan contemplates taking a different career path as she struggles to come to terms with what happened when she recognises that her own actions could have been a catalyst in the girl's fate. With the support of her cop boyfriend, she finds the strength to remain as that steady, calm figure that has helped so many people in the most devastating of situations.  However, when another girl dials 911 from the trunk of a kidnapper's car, she realises that, through several disturbingly familiar similarities, they are dealing with the same killer and this time she is determined not to let another girl die. Passing on a series of careful instructions to the victim, she takes matters into her own hands and goes from operator to rescuer in a matter of hours.

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Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Call'

Roma Maffia - Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Call' held at ArcLight Hollywood Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 5th March 2013

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Picture - Roma Maffia Beverly Hills, California, Tuesday 22nd February 2011

Roma Maffia and Beverly Hilton Hotel Tuesday 22nd February 2011 13th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards held at The Beverly Hilton hotel Beverly Hills, California

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Picture - Roma Maffia Los Angeles, California, Thursday 30th September 2010

Roma Maffia and Women Thursday 30th September 2010 Variety's 2nd Annual Power Of Women Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel Los Angeles, California

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Picture - Roma Maffia West Hollywood, California, Thursday 4th March 2010

Roma Maffia Thursday 4th March 2010 Relief Fund Pre-Oscar gifting suite Hosted by Silver Spoon Inc held At Interior Illusion West Hollywood, California

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Yonkers Joe Review


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Making a film about a scam artist is probably a lot like being one -- no matter how solid an idea seems, it's really all about the execution. The life of a cheat lends itself to high drama and conflict, but it can also be riddled with clichés. Throw in a mentally disabled son and a shot at the big score, and you've got a combination of storylines so obvious, they seem destined to fail. But Yonkers Joe doesn't fail. It's a spunky little indie that succeeds past its cheap conventions.

Both the credit and the blame go to writer-director Robert Celestino. His cornball plot shouldn't work, but his direction, especially with actors, does. Chazz Palminteri (Celestino's executive producer) is the title guy, a gambling stiff with an amazing ability to cheat crap games. He'll belly up to a table, pull some David Blaine-like moves to drop tainted dice into a game, and make a fortune. Unfortunately, Atlantic City security has his number, and private games are too small for his ambitions.

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Route 9 Review


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An awful lot better than it should be, Route 9 is a made-for-cable ripoff of A Simple Plan, but it succeeds remarkably well. Perfectly suited for late night TV watching.

Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her Review


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What happens when you put big stars Glenn Close, Cameron Diaz, Calista Flockhart, Amy Brenneman, and Holly Hunter in a movie together? You go straight to cable, that's what happens. This practically Made for Lifetime feature tells five vaguely interlocking stories about women at crossroads in their lives. One is pregnant and doesn't want the child. One is a lesbian with a dying lover. One is infatuated with the dwarf who lives across the street. You know, your ordinary middle America stuff.

Why didn't this movie find more success? I dunno, maybe it has something to do with the fact that there are two scenes of women sitting on the toilet in the first 20 minutes. Or it could be that it's too chatty, too meandering, and too random to ever really engage the viewer. Whatever, I still don't know what I'm supposed to be able to tell, you know, just by looking at her.

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Disclosure Review


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A few big names fell on their faces over the 1994 holidays. Most notable among them was Demi Moore and the rest of the cast of Disclosure. Disclosure, ostensibly about reverse sexual harassment, is really just a platform for Moore's true lack of acting ability to come through better than ever. And is the audience supposed to feel some gripping suspense and excitement because, oh no!, Michael Douglas may actually lose his job? After the first hour, I was hoping some terrorists would show up at the office with a van full of dynamite so Bruce Willis could drop in and save his wife from this poor excuse for a film.
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