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The Watchers

We've all had that feeling now and then, that indefinable certainty that someone's looking at us. Sometimes we're right about it, sometimes wrong, but in either case the feeling doesn't last and we go about our day. In The Watchers, though, John (Jeff Moffitt) is having more of a problem with that feeling than usual. Everywhere he turns, he insists there's someone watching him and it's bothering him so much he's making emergency calls to his psychiatrist Dr. Orwell (Timothy J. Cox).

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John finally gets a call, but not the one he's been hoping for.

For Her

Tolstoy once wrote that all happy families are alike, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. (That's in Anna Karenina if you're curious or want to try to impress someone.) And it's true that we do tend to assume that our neighbors, as long as they aren't overtly creepy or awful in some way, are at least somewhat similar to us as far as likes, dislikes, and what we do for fun. In the short film For Her, though, that's not necessarily a very safe bet.

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Jonathan and Elizabeth. They look super happy, but you never know.

Night of the Sitter

Raging teenage hormones sometimes have a lot to answer for, from acne to voices breaking at awkward moments to extremely poor decision making processes. In Night of the Sitter, the latter takes center stage as we witness Liam (Taylor Rhoades, who looks a little like Andrew Garfield except with even poofier hair) confidently thinking that he has a great plan to get luckier than he's ever dreamed he could.

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Cade showing Liam his map. What could possibly go wrong?

Poor Agnes Trailer

Check out the first official trailer for the award-winning Poor Agnes! If you're looking for strong, determined, and thoroughly crazed female leads, look no further than Lora Burke's performance, which has already earned her two awards. And check out my review here!

D-love

A vacation in paradise will soothe a lot of troubles, but of course it can't work on everything. For one married couple, for instance, it hasn't changed anything. Wife Stefania (Elena Beuca) has pulled in on herself and can't understand why her husband Dan (Dave Rogers) seems able to talk freely and happily to everyone but her. Compounding the problems, Dan has been out of work for some time, leaving Stefania to support them in a job she hates, working for one of the most evil bosses ever, Annie (Christine Fazzino).

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Stefania and D-love meeting at the airport

The Ball

It's a clear, cold evening, and one young woman called Pearlie (Avril Dominguez) is looking forward to the most magical night of her life. Tonight is the annual winter ball, you see, a long-standing tradition in the town, and she has high hopes of being the belle of the titular ball. As she finishes getting ready she talks eagerly to her mirror, wishing for her beau to arrive soon and whisk her away.

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Pearlie communes with her mirror.

Elliot

Somewhere, inside the strangest power facility you've ever seen, a worker named Elliot (Joshua Coffy) slaves over keeping things running smoothly. The word 'slaves' isn't an exaggeration -- for example, the food he's given is clearly meant only to keep him alive since it looks disgusting, and I highly doubt he's ever allowed to leave on vacation. He's constantly on call, with an AI called Face (Robert Pristine Condition Gammel) continually notifying him of the latest malfunction.

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See, everything's sort of Tron-like and oddly lit.

Breathe Easy

One day, mysterious red clouds begin to descend on the major cities of Earth. No one's quite sure what they are or where they came from, but as you might expect, there's plenty of panic and nerves to go around. Breathe Easy is the story of these clouds and their effect on the world, creating a global disaster movie that spans the globe in a new way. Shot in 15 countries, it broke the previous records for most shooting locations for a narrative film, and most directors for a narrative film.

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Movie poster, featuring its less than reassuring hashtag.

Malafafone

Since this was the first thing I wondered about, Malafafone means cucumber in Hebrew, so there's your MCND Fun Fact (TM) for this review right off the bat. I'm again reviewing a micro-short film, so with just two minutes to work with, writer / director Jono Freedrix keeps things very simple. A woman (Lesley Shannon) is preparing to meet someone special for the first time, getting dressed up while her goldfish (Dog -- yes, the fish is named Dog) watches placidly, because what else can a goldfish do?

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A woman worries about her looks. "What if my eyes aren't like limpid pools?"

Hex

In 1644, England was in the third year of a bloody civil war. On one side were those who had stayed loyal to King Charles I, known as Royalists. On the other, the rebels called Roundheads fought for Oliver Cromwell and Parliament, attempting to limit the power of the king. Charles, they felt, had abused his power and deserved to forfeit his throne, which prompted many fierce battles throughout England. This is the situation when the movie Hex begins, and let me apologize now for letting my inner history geek out to play.

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Movie poster. What Richard sees will haunt him forever.