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The All Nighter – Trailer 

The All Nighter looks pretty amusing.  The role J.K. Simmons plays–a concerned father who’s daughter has gone missing-vaguely reminds me of Liam Neeson’s character in the Taken movies, but geared toward comedy.

Speaking of Simmons he’s perhaps one of the more versatile character actors working today, with an enviable ability to elevate whatever he happens to be starring in (a quality that used to be shared by Robert DeNiro, till a lack of discrimination in choosing parts killed it). 

You may not have like Vern Slesinger from O.Z.–truth be told, nor were you supposed to–but portrayal of a Neo-Nazi stayed with you.  

Or his portrayal as a UFO abductee from Dark Skies, a performance that resonated with a quiet intensity that elevated the material.

‘Dark Skies’ Is On Netflix

If you’re like me, when you think ‘Christmas’ you also think ‘horror,’ you’re in luck because Netflix has one of the better alien abduction movies, Scott Stewart‘s Dark Skies.  What makes it work is that it, unlike most movies of this particular genre, spends its time letting us get to know the family that is under siege by forces way beyond their control and understanding, so that by the time the proverbial shit hits the fan, you’re invested.

Which makes everything all the more terrifying.

Trust me.  If you like intelligent, well-done alien invasion thrillers, Dark Skies is right up your alley.

By the way, the movie co-stars J.K. Simmons, and as usual, he’s awesome.

 

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