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‘Claire in Motion’ Review: Betsy Brandt Gets Caught in Elliptical Mystery

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‘Claire in Motion’ Review: Betsy Brandt Gets Caught in Elliptical Mystery
The second feature written and directed by Lisa Robinson and Annie J. Howell (“Small, Beautifully Moving Parts”),”Claire in Motion” has an appealing stillness and intensity. It works as both a quiet, meditative study of grief and a muted examination of identity, but not as a compelling mystery. We first meet the low-key academic Claire (Betsy Brandt, “Breaking Bad”) in the lowest key of positions — lying down, half asleep. She rouses somewhat to bid her husband Paul (Chris Beetem, “Inside Amy Schumer”), a fellow professor at a small Ohio college, goodbye as he heads out on a solo backpacking trip.
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Film Review: ‘Claire in Motion’

Film Review: ‘Claire in Motion’
The sudden disappearance of a family member is usually a springboard for thriller conventions in film. But writing-directing duo Lisa Robinson and Annie J. Howell’s sophomore feature “Claire in Motion” takes that premise down another path — à la Antonioni’s “L’Avventura,” albeit with a rather different style and sensibility, the inexplicable vanishing of a loved one here uneasily forces those left behind to examine their own lives, and to ponder just how well they really knew the missing person. Breaking Glass is releasing this quiet, intriguing drama to U.S. theaters and on demand Jan. 13 after a successful fest run.

We meet 40-ish mathematician Claire Hunger (Betsy Brandt from “Breaking Bad”) as she sleepily bids goodbye to fellow-academic spouse Paul (Chris Beetem). An ornithologist, he’s taken lately to going off into wilderness areas near their home in Athens, Ohio, taking minimal supplies and living off the land
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‘Claire in Motion’ Exclusive Clip: Betsy Brandt Stars as a Desperate Woman Searching For Her Missing Husband

‘Claire in Motion’ Exclusive Clip: Betsy Brandt Stars as a Desperate Woman Searching For Her Missing Husband
After co-starring in “Breaking Bad,” actress Betsy Brandt has stayed in the spotlight with a host of TV projects, including a starring role in the CBS sitcom “Life in Pieces,” as well as a new missing person drama “Claire in Motion.” Brandt stars as Claire who hasn’t given up on searching for her missing husband despite her son’s doubts and the police closing their investigation. Soon, Claire discovers troubling secrets about her husband, including a mysterious graduate student with whom he had formed a close bond, and starts to loser her grip on her own identity. The film co-stars Anna Margaret Hollyman (“Sleeping with Other People”), Chris Beetem (“Black Hawk Down”) and Sakina Jaffrey (“Mr. Robot”). Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

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The film is written and directed by Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson.
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‘Claire in Motion’ Review: Betsy Brandt Shines in Twisty Missing Person Drama

‘Claire in Motion’ Review: Betsy Brandt Shines in Twisty Missing Person Drama
Too heavy-handed and clumsy to land with a real knockout punch, Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson’s second feature benefits immensely from the quietly moving work of its lead, Besty Brandt. The former “Breaking Bad” star is the eponymous Claire of Howell and Robinson’s “Claire in Motion,” a film about the messier aspects of grief and loss that shines only when it pulls back from its worrying tendency to hit themes so firmly on the head its a wonder they don’t start bleeding.

“Be careful,” Claire whispers to her husband Paul (Chris Beetem) as he slips out of their home to partake in his apparent favorite past time — a solo survivalist hiking trip into the woods, during which he’ll tote the bare minimum of supplies and only eat what he can find and hunt — an understandable sentiment made all the more crucial by her mention of Paul’s previous dizzy spells.
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Horror Highlights: Posters for Get The Girl and Parasites, Claire In Motion Release Details

"Love" goes awry in Eric England's Get the Girl, a new film hitting theaters in January from Orion Pictures. A poster for the movie was recently released, and we have it to share with readers at the top of today's Highlights, which also includes a poster for Parasites and release details for Claire in Motion.

Get the Girl Poster & Release Details: “In Get The Girl, a wealthy young man is conned into staging a fake kidnapping in order to be a hero and win the affection of a girl he's madly in love with. But when one of the hired kidnappers is accidentally killed during the charade, he's forced to actually save her life while not revealing that it's been a ruse all along.”

Written and directed by Eric England, Get the Girl stars Justin Dobies, Elizabeth Whitson, Noah Segan, Adi Shankar, and Scout Taylor-Compton. Orion Pictures will release
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Breaking Glass picks up 'Claire In Motion'

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Breaking Glass picks up 'Claire In Motion'
Exclusive: The distributor has moved for North American rights to the SXSW mystery drama by Lisa Robinson and Annie J. Howell.

Claire In Motion premiered at SXSW and stars Betsy Brandt, Chris Beetem, Sakina Jaffrey and Anna Margaret Hollyman.

The film centres on a woman who unravels the mystery of her missing husband and begins to question her own identity in the process.

Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff negotiated the deal with Visit Films president Ryan Kampe.

Claire In Motion is such an incredible cinematic achievement anchored by compelling performances, beautifully atmospheric visuals, and a thrilling script,” said Breaking Glass senior vice-president of distribution and sales.

“Writer-director team Annie Howell and Lisa Robinson are supremely talented, and we are honoured to be working with them.”

Breaking Glass has earmarked a day-and-date theatrical and premium VOD release for early 2017.
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Movie Review – Emelie (2015)

Emelie, 2015.

Directed by Michael Thelin.

Starring Sarah Bolger, Carly Adams, Carl Bailey, Thomas Bair, Chris Beetem, Elizabeth Jayne, Sarah Poufar, Joshua Rush.


A last minute replacement babysitter turns out not to be who she says she is when a couple leave their three children in her care.

Released as part of Icon Home Entertainment’s ‘FrightFest Presents…’ range, Emelie reignites the old ‘babysitter from hell’ genre that we have seen in many movies before but not in anything recent, so is it time for a comeback for a style of film that, when done correctly, offers up some real-life scares, especially if you’re a parent?

Could be, although it’s debateable whether Emelie is the movie to do it, despite the fact that it does manage to create some genuine tension before unravelling for an unspectacular ending that could have made the all the difference. However, for the
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Emelie Creates One Crime Scene After Another: Release Details

Dark Sky Films is getting set to release the tense thriller Emelie. This indie title involves a mysterious babysitter, whose past must be discovered before it is too late. This film, from director Michael Thelin, centrally stars Sara Bolger as the babysitter. And, anyone in Emilie's vicinity is a possible target. Carly Adams, Thomas Bair and Chris Beetem also star. A preview of the film's home entertainment launch is hosted here. There are a number of different trailers available for Emelie; each tells a different story. In the one below, Emilie is first seen at a crime scene. Quickly, she is babysitting for a new family. But, her babysitting skills involve psychological torture, kidnapping and general menace. Emelie is destined for releases on May 3rd, 2016. On this date, the film will be available on DVD and Blu-ray. Fans of thrillers are encouraged to seek out the film as it has
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Visit Films takes trio to SXSW

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Visit Films takes trio to SXSW
Exclusive: Ryan Kampe’s New York-based sales agency is in Austin, Texas, with three new titles for buyers.

Visit Films holds worldwide rights to SXSW premieres Claire In Motion and From Nowhere in addition to global rights excluding Greece and Cyprus to its previously announced title and Rotterdam premiere title Suntan.

From Nowhere is styled as a revealing, intimate drama that follows three teenagers as they prepare to graduate from high school in the Bronx and must confront their past.

Matthew Newton directed the film and Julianne Nicholson stars with Denis O’Hare, J. Mallory McCree, Octavia Chavez-Richmond, and Raquel Castro.

Claire In Motion (pictured) stars Betsy Brandt as the eponymous character who questions all around her as she learns a secret about her missing husband’s past.

Lisa Robinson and Annie J. Howell co-wrote and co-directed the drama and the key cast includes Anna Margaret Hollyman, Zev Haworth, Sakina Jaffrey, and [link=nm
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Movie Review – Emelie (2016)

Emelie, 2016.

Directed by Michael Thelin.

Starring Sarah Bolger, Joshua Rush, Carly Adams, Thomas Bair, Chris Beetem, and Susan Pourfar.


A couple’s replacement babysitter turns out to be more than they bargained for when she subjects their kids to a series of twisted activities.

Early on, Anna/Emelie (all you really need to know is that she is the babysitter parents have nightmares about leaving their children with) delivers a small speech on the power of pretending. Not only is it unnerving and genuinely creepy (it’s obvious she has ulterior motives), but it is also her method of home invasion; fake being a babysitter and accomplish one very sinister goal.

Emelie is one of the better, more tense-driven horror films to come out in quite some time, but unfortunately does not completely deliver on its promising premise, mostly falling into clichés and predictability during the second half. Thankfully,
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Film Review: ‘Emelie’

Film Review: ‘Emelie’
“Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Deadly” could work as both an alternate title and shorthand synopsis for “Emelie,” a familiarly premised but stringently executed home-invasion chiller that rarely goes for the straight-up scare when a more insidious one will do. Likeliest to prey on the sensibilities of younger parents — and to unnerve anyone who still thinks of gifted Irish actress Sarah Bolger as that preciously innocent pre-teen from “In America” — music-vid helmer Michael Thelin’s lean, lo-fi debut feature calmly pushes against the nastier bounds of its genre territory as it places two young children in the care of Bolger’s profoundly unhinged imposter. This ambiguous protagonist’s backstory emerges a little more predictably than it should, but even with that knowledge in place, Thelin succeeds in keeping any presumption of eventual sanctuary impressively at bay.

From the quiet, the flash-free sangfroid with which he stages a few
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Emelie movie review: bad babysitter, under a glossy veneer

A slow-burn twist on the home-invasion story with a creepily classy atmosphere of dread and menace, but where it ends up is the stuff of hoary cliché. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

We know that new, last-minute-replacement babysitter Anna (Sarah Bolger: My All American) is going to be a nightmare from the moment she shows up at the Thompson home. We know because we’ve seen what happened before she arrived. But as far as the Thompsons can see, she is a godsend: Joyce (Susan Pourfar: Alex of Venice) and Dan (Chris Beetem) get to head out for their anniversary dinner secure in the knowledge that the kids are in teenage-girl hands that come highly recommended, and 11-year-old Jake (Joshua Rush: Mr. Peabody & Sherman), 9-year-old Sally (Carly Adams), and 4-year-old Christopher (Thomas Bair
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Round-Up: Uncanny Q&A with Lucy Griffiths, Emelie, One Eyed Girl Blu-ray / DVD, Vault Of The MacAbre II

Uncanny star Lucy Griffiths was kind enough to answer some questions for us, and the Q&A we conducted with her kicks off the round-up. Also: domestic acquisition news for Emelie, details for One Eyed Girl on Blu-ray / DVD, and Vault of the Macabre II video.

Uncanny: "Rlj Entertainment will be releasing Uncanny on November 3rd, 2015.

Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), David Clayton Rogers (Bloody Sunday), Lucy Griffiths (TV’s “True Blood”) and director Matthew Leutwyler are available for interviews on behalf of the film’s release.

For ten years, inventor David Kressen has lived in seclusion with his inventions, including Adam, a robot with incredible lifelike human qualities. When reporter Joy Andrews is given access to their unconventional facility, she is alternately repelled and attracted to the scientist and his creation. But as Adam exhibits an emergent behavior of anger and jealousy towards her, she finds
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Mpi Media Group acquires 'Emelie'

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Mpi Media Group acquires 'Emelie'
The distributor has acquired Us rights to concert filmmaker Michael Thelin’s psychological thriller.

Mpi Media Group will distribute the Tribeca world premiere via its Dark Sky Films elevated genre label in early spring 2016.

Emelie is part of the Scary Movies festival presented by the Film Society Of Lincoln Center and centres on a twisted babysitter. Raymond Harry Herbeck wrote the screenplay.

Sarah Bolger, Chris Beetem, Susan Pourfar, Joshua Rush, Carly Adams and Thomas Bair star.

Uncorked Productions’ Andrew D Corkin produced and Lizzie Friedman and Greg Little of Sandbar Pictures and Abandon Features financed and served as executive producers with Robert Beaumont, Roxanne Fie Anderson and Elizabeth Jane Stillwell.

Mpi evp Greg Newman brokered the deal with CAA.
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Emelie Review [FrightFest 2015]: “A refreshing and tense thriller”

Emelie review

Director: Michael Thelin

Cast: Carly Adams, Thomas Bair, Chris Beetem, Sarah Bolger.

Cert: Tbc

Running Time: 80 Minutes

Synopsis: After their regular babysitter “can’t make it”, the Thompson family turn to her friend Anna to look after the children while they go out for a rare night out to celebrate their anniversary. However, is this girl who they think she is?

Certainly aiming to terrify parents at this year’s FrightFest is the tense first full-feature film by Michael Thelin, Emelie. Apart from Halloween and When A Stranger Calls, there aren’t many films that present babysitting as a dangerous prospect. Films like Mary Poppins and Mrs. Doubtfire, show it to be a fun and wacky time for kids to have with interesting “mature” teenagers/adults. Has anybody wondered why parents so freely in these films, allow such strangers into their homes? Adventures In Babysitting for example, could
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Film4 FrightFest 2015 Review – Emelie (2015)

Emelie, 2015

Directed by Michael Thelin

Starring Sarah Bolger, Joshua Rush, Carly Adams, Thomas Bair, Chris Beetem, Susan Pourfar, Elizabeth Jayne, Dante Hoagland


After their regular babysitter can’t make it, the Thompson family turns to her friend Anna to supervise the children while they go out to celebrate their anniversary.

You know those movies where there’s never really any bombastic, overt scenes of horror, but you somehow find yourself squirming in your seat because you’re so uncomfortable with what’s happening on screen? That is Emelie in a nutshell. It’s not a masterpiece, and it’s never particularly original, but it’s always tense and utterly gripping.

From the very moment the screen fades up from black, director Michael Thelin fills you with a sense of dread that bad things are on its way. And this sense of unease is carried out throughout the rest of the movie.
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New Following Season 3,Episode 7 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By Fox

Recently, Fox served up the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Following" episode 7 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "The Hunt," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting and intense stuff take place as Max shows back up on the force and runs into a deadly menace. Ryan and Mike try to track down a new, dangerous threat, and more! In the new, 7th episode press release: New Dangers Lie In Wait For Ryan. Press release number 2: With only a few days before Joe Carroll's execution, Ryan and Mike will shift their focus to a new threat. In the meantime, after being approved to start work again, Max is going to rejoin the task force and come dangerously close to a deadly menace. Guest stars feature: John Lafayette as Scott Turner; Tim Guinee as Duncan; Gbenga Akinnagbe as Tom; Monique Gabriela Curnen
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'Pan Am' preview: Is Maggie sleeping with the enemy?

As the saying goes, politics makes for strange bedfellows. Or in the cast of Maggie (Christina Ricci) and Congressman Rawlings (Chris Beetem) on "Pan Am," bedfellows make for strange politics.

During the Jan. 8 episode of the period drama, the more than opinionated Maggie submitted an anonymous editorial to the Village Voice railing against the representative's hypocrisy. But after a pleasant lunch with Rawlings, Maggie fell for him. Of course there's still the lingering issue of that article.

On Sunday's (Jan. 15) show, Rawlings is none too pleased after reading the piece that calls him out on his double standards. He says, "I don't appreciate sources with 'inside knowledge' conspiring with the enemy," not realizing the "enemy" is right in front of him. Maggie is now focused on steering him in any direction that doesn't point toward her.

In other "Pan Am" news, Kate (Kelli Garner) tries to help out a couple of stewardesses mistaken for spies.
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'Pan Am': Kiss Kiss Bang Bang recap

The crew of "Pan Am" traveled to London Sunday (Dec. 4)...well almost all of them. Dean and Colette take their own adventure, but we'll get to that in a moment.

Kate (Kelli Garner) is sore at the CIA about the Nico Lanza thing when the Yugoslavian diplomat essentially got blackmailed into spying for the Feds. So she's understandably reluctant to get involved in any more snooping. But Kate is a little like Al Pacino in "Godfather 3." She could easily say, "Just when I thought I was out...they pull me back in." This means a new adventure for her involving a Soviet bad guy. Nice to see Kate's willing to give it another shot.

Maggie (Christina Ricci), the free-spirited one of the crew, befriends a U.S. Congressman (Chris Beetem) who is en route to making a pro-nuke speech. Perhaps "befriends" is a bit of an understatement. They get along great,
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 8)

On this date in...

1979: On The Edge Of Night, Draper received the news that he did not get the job with Seward, Paxton & Whiteside.

1994: On General Hospital, Lesley Lu "Lulu" Spencer was born. Editor's Note: They grow up so fast.

1995: On All My Children, Trevor told Michael's class about Vietnam. Watch it here.

2006: ABC announced they were changing Ugly Betty's timeslot before the show had even premiered moving it to Thursday instead of Friday.

Celebrating a birthday today are:

Dustin Hoffman (Chester, Luck) - 74

Veronica Redd (ex-Maimie, The Young And The Restless) - 63

Keith Carradine (ex-Wild Bill, Deadwood; ex-Frank, Dexter) - 62

Steve Callahan (ex-Police Officer, Days Of Our Lives) - 44

Chris Beetem (ex-Tate, One Life To Live; ex-Jordan, As The World Turns) - 42

Enzo Cilenti (ex-Carlo, Mi-5) - 37

Tawny Cypress (ex-Brenda, Army Wives; ex-Simone, Heroes; ex-Shambala, All My Children) - 35

Lindsay Sloane (ex-Marcy,
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