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Review: 28 Hotel Rooms

How many times have you come out of a romance movie heartbroken that you don’t have a relationship similar to the one on screen only to have to keep reminding yourself that it’s just a movie and things don’t really happen like that? Matt Ross defies that tacky mainstream norm with a brutally honest presentation of a love affair that while not as colorful and enjoyable, gives you loads more to think about.

While traveling for business, a man (Chris Messina) and a woman (Marin Ireland) have a one-night stand. Soon thereafter, their business travels have them cross paths again and, well, their relationship is no longer a one-night stand. Even with a girlfriend and husband, the pair opts to continue the affair, meeting in different cities and different hotel rooms to indulge in their romance. As time goes by, the arrangement continues, and so do their lives outside the rooms. Despite initial intentions to keep the two worlds separate, after endless hours of discussing their jobs, past sexual experiences, personal preferences and more, the divide blurs forcing them to pit their passionate affair against their somewhat more honest relationships at home.

When catching “28 Hotel Rooms,” you should have a sense of what you’re in for. No, you don’t need a play-by-play spoiling the experience, but it is a unique experience and while it’s commendable, it also runs the risk of disappointing those expecting a more standard narrative. Messina, Ireland and their hotel rooms are the entire film. It’s segmented by hotel room and while each scene differs in terms of the topic of conversation and the state of their relationship, it entirely consists of one-on-one chats – and other activities.

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Review: Argo

When the trailer for “Zero Dark Thirty” plays before a screening of “Argo,” you can’t help but to wonder if our society is crazy for having turned these devastating and/or historically significant events into sources of entertainment. However, as someone who wasn’t around during the Iran hostage crisis, the fact that I was moved enough by “Argo” to go home and Google until I had a thorough understanding of the situation goes to show that Ben Affleck did a better job than my history teachers ever could.

Centered on the true events of the Iran hostage crisis, “Argo” begins with the revolutionaries storming the U.S. embassy in Tehran. All of the embassy employees are taken hostage save for six who seek refuge at the Canadian ambassador’s home. The revolutionaries are unaware of the escape, but are slowly piecing together the paperwork the staff desperately shredded mere moments before the invasion, so it’s only a matter of time before they assemble the office roster including pictures of each and every employee.

Back in the U.S., the State Department works to figure out a way to get the six out safely and discreetly. Exfiltration expert Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) proposes the idea of using a Canadian film as a cover. In an effort to make the endeavor as thorough as possible, Tony joins forces with make-up artist John Chambers (John Goodman) and producer Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin) to make the sci-fi film “Argo” a semi-reality.

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Interview: The Trouble With Bliss’ Michael C. Hall

Nowadays we all know him as our friendly neighborhood serial killer, Dexter, but even Michael C. Hall himself admits “there’s more to acting than playing a serial killer.”

In the upcoming release The Trouble with Bliss, Hall stars as Morris Bliss, a guy in his mid-30s who calls his widowed father’s (Peter Fonda) apartment his own and actually bunks down in what looks to be his childhood room. Oddly enough, rather than date someone his own age, Morris falls for an 18-year-old student (Brie Larson) who just so happens to be the daughter of an old high school pal (Brad William Henke).

Morris is a pretty interesting specimen. He’s got hopes to make big moves, but seemingly lacks the motivation to do, well, much of anything – quite the opposite of Dexter. In honor of The Trouble with Bliss’ March 23rd limited release, Hall took the time to discuss his Dexter detox, his experience playing a more reactive character, working with writer-director Michael Knowles and much more. Check it all out in the interview below.

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