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Ultimate Justice

"Vivere militare est" is Latin for "To live is to fight", and it's both the motto and the inspiration for the name of VME Security, a private security agency run by ex-soldiers Gus (Mark Dacascos) and Hans (Wolfgang Riehm). They handle tough jobs for those clients who can afford their no doubt expensive fees, but when an attempt to resolve a kidnapping ends with two of the VME team dead, Gus decides he's had enough and persuades Hans that it's time to sell the company and retire.

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Obligatory cast photo. But don't they look like they're having fun?

Faithful

It's often a very difficult thing to save a marriage, especially if only one partner is bothering to work at it. In Faithful, that one is Lauren (Clarissa Hoffmann), a woman still madly in love with her husband Ron (Ellis Miller), in spite of the fact that he seems nothing but indifferent towards her and is utterly caught up in his relationship with another woman (Sarah Schulte). But the more he drifts away the more determined Lauren is to hang onto him, even though she knows about the affair.

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Poster for Faithful. Betrayal is a rough thing to face,

Nite Nite

When I was little I had a magic blue rock that would keep the monsters away, because when you're seven, you tend to take the whole monster thing pretty seriously. It's worse when it's the sitter looking out for you instead of mom and dad, because the sitter might not be as good at finding where the bad things are hiding. Certainly the little boy (Brady Bond) in Nite Nite (written and directed by Chad Meisenheimer) has some serious concerns about his usual bedtime ritual.

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The babysitter on the phone (of course). See how big that phone is?

Solutions

Every generation thinks they're living at the worst possible time for dirty politics and shocking scandals, but of course politics has always been a dirty business and these days it just seems worse because it spreads all over the internet in five seconds and then you can't get away from it. Still, I have to admit that this last year or so probably has been particularly unpleasant and not just because it seems to be everywhere all the time. In Solutions, though, politics are even dirtier than usual.

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It's so touching to see a kid out on his first stakeout with his dad.

Bye Bye, Baby

It's hard to find a more iconic beginning to a horror movie than a young woman alone in a house at night. Perhaps the most famous example is that of Drew Barrymore in the original Scream, and Bye Bye, Baby certainly pays homage to that classic scene, as a young woman named Heather (Karina Kolokolchykova) settles in to watch a scary movie (in this case, the equally classic House on Haunted Hill) before being interrupted by a phone call.

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Heather realizes she has more to keep her company than just a movie.

The Art of the Prank

It seems like you can't turn around these days without running into the term fake news. And while it's true that it is, paradoxically, even easier to fool people when basically all the information in the world is available on the nearest computer, the whole idea of fake news goes back a lot farther than the guy currently lazing around in the White House. But not all such fakes are created equal. Before Russian hackers and Twitter bots, before Romanian kids were hired to post made-up stories on Facebook, there was Joey Skaggs, the godfather of the media hoax.

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Joey Skaggs and his Portofess. Would you confess your sins to this man?

Murder on the Cape

In tourist areas, there's often a deep divide between the locals and those who come from out of town to enjoy the sights -- a social, financial, and cultural gap that can sometimes seem impossible to bridge in any real way. As shown in Murder on the Cape, the Cape Cod area is no exception to this rule, with the locals sometimes struggling to keep a roof over their heads while rich New Yorkers relax in their vacation homes.

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Mike and Elizabeth in a tense moment with a gorgeous sunset behind them.

The Forlorned

Lighthouses seem to encourage hauntings, and it's no surprise. They're isolated, often reachable only by water, and have a certain air of mystery about them even when they happen to lack any ghosts. The lighthouse in The Forlorned, though, perched on a small rocky island off the coast of Nova Scotia, is "haunted to the rafters," in the words of local pub owner Murphy (Cory Dangerfield).

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Tom isn't having the best time at his new job.

Armstrong

Being an EMT is a rough job anywhere, but it probably doesn't get much rougher than being a night shift EMT in Los Angeles. It's probably not much fun in Detroit, either. Since Lauren (Vicky Jeudy) is also a brand-new EMT, it's no surprise that she's in a panic just before she starts her very first shift. To make matters worse, her partner Eddie (Jason Antoon) feels obligated to harass the rookie at every opportunity, including making her listen to a conspiracy theorist (Kevin Pollak) with a late-night radio show -- think Art Bell.

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The ambulance and Armstrong about to run into each other, literally.

The Recursion Theorem

You know how sometimes you wake up abruptly for some reason and can't quite figure out where you are at first? It never lasts for more than a moment or two, thankfully, but it's always a strange and unsettling sensation. In The Recursion Theorem, that feeling takes on a life of its own. A man (Dan Franko) finds himself awakening in a room he's never seen before, an old-fashioned room where the comfy touches like a bowl of fresh fruit and vintage books to read can't quite counteract the effects of the apocalyptic paintings on the walls.

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Mr. Everett about to make another unsettling discovery about the room.