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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.

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.

The Restaurant

When you're chasing your dream, you have to be ready to make sacrifices. Andy (Mark Turner) dreams of turning his neighborhood Italian restaurant, Scoppa, into the best one in New York -- which is a tall order, especially since the place is small and the food is only so-so. But Andy has a dramatic trick up his sleeve, and it's called Exses (Paul Casali).

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The health inspector having a bad day. Leave the cockroach, take the cannoli.

The Redeeming

Sometimes we all need a little fresh air and space to relax and recharge, and there's an isolated old brick house in Somerset that offers just such peace and quiet for Joyce (Tracey Ann Wood). As The Redeeming begins, she's just returning to the house of an evening as a bad storm rolls in, complete with warnings to stay off the roads and a sudden blackout. No sooner has the building been plunged into darkness than she hears a rattling at the door, followed by a voice pleading to be allowed inside.

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Joyce with poker, not at all happy that she can't be the dog for Monopoly.

Sightings

Once there were three sisters in this family, but now there are only two: the youngest, Amy, disappeared some time ago, leaving her mother and siblings to comfort each other as best they can. I've said before that the disappearance of a loved one has to be unimaginably difficult for those left behind, though at least in Sightings each sufferer has others to cling to. As fragile and harsh as it might be, at least there is still a sliver of hope that a missing sister might yet return alive.

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The sisters and their shared mourning, about to take a strange turn.