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Dustin Putman, Film Critic
Opening This Week
The Best of Me
2 Stars

Nationwide - So familiar that it almost fools the viewer into assuming the story will lead in an alternate direction. "The Best of Me" is content to remain a by-the-numbers excursion into tough-to-swallow soap opera theatrics. At this point, even Nicholas Sparks himself should know better.

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The Book of Life
2 Stars

Nationwide - "The Book of Life" isn't quite festive or informative enough for viewers to feel fully immersed in the Day of the Dead celebration, and as a story the film falls on the side of typical and shopworn. Were it not for the purposes of this review, it would already be completely forgotten.

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Housebound
2.5 Stars

VOD & Select Cities - "Housebound" is unusual and charming in a literally down-home way, but writer-director Gerard Johnstone's loopy script barely pierces the surface of its promising cast of players and their upside-down world.

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St. Vincent
2.5 Stars

Select Cities - There is a good type of emotional manipulation and an insulting kind, and "St. Vincent" mostly gets it right. Without its lead actors, there would be little that is original or special about "St. Vincent." The film is all the better for them.

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Expanding This Week
ABCs of Death 2
0.5 Stars

Now on VOD, Select Cities 10/31 - Audiences seeking a chill up their spine or even a few laughs will still be waiting by the time "ABCs of Death 2" comes to its merciful close. This cavalcade of sophomoric, mean-spirited schlock is an embarrassment, putting to shame all of the exciting, limitless possibilities the horror genre has to offer.

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A Good Marriage
1.5 Stars

VOD & Select Cities - Features a gripping zinger of a plot hook at the end of its first act, then spends the next hour-plus radically dissolving before the viewer's eyes. A Lifetime melodrama posing as a big-screen thriller, "A Good Marriage" starts with the germ of a provocative premise, then proceeds to take it in a direction that betrays the audience's intelligence.

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Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart
3.5 Stars

Now on Blu-ray - Joyous and mournful in equal measure, "Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart" tells of a boy who must learn all too quickly how beautiful yet bitterly temporary everything is in life. This is a special gem of a movie.

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