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Kyla’s Movie Review

DISCONNECT (R) - Starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist, Paula Patton, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgard, Max Thieriot, Colin Ford, Avaid Bernstein and Jonah Bobo. The first story involves high school loner Ben Boyd (Bobo), who becomes the victim of a prank pulled by two classmates: Jason (Ford) and Frye (Bernstein). Online, they pose as a girl named “Jessica” and make contact with Ben. Soon, he’s having meaningful chats with “her.” She responds by sending a picture and much to Jason and Frye’s surprise, he does. They respond by doing the expected: mass-mailing it to everyone at school. The rest of the story focuses on Ben’s parents, Rich (Bateman) and Lydia (Davis), reacting to their son’s predicament. While carrying out an amateur investigation, Rich becomes aware of how much distance exists between him and his son - how little he actually knows and understands the quiet, long-haired boy who sits across the dinner table from him. The second story starts out with an attractive TV reporter, Nina Dunham (Riseborough), logging into a private chat room with Kyle (Thierot). He’s surprised when she claims she just wants to talk. Having pitched a story about researching his lifestyle to her editor, she wants Kyle to agree to an on-camera interview. Although initially reluctant, he eventually agrees, believing that Nina cares about him and his future. Once the piece has aired and receives national exposure, things get complicated. Finally, we meet husband and wife Derek and Cindy Hull (Skarsgard and Patton), a couple paralyzed by the recent death of their toddler son. She tries to communicate with him but he’s unresponsive. His refuge is online gambling. Hers is a support chat group, where she “befriends” an anonymous man (Nyqvist) who is coping with the death of his wife. When the Hulls’ identities are stolen, Derek hires a detective (Grillo) to locate the perpetrator. Then, learning that the police won’t act without proof, he and Cindy get in a car and drive out to the address of the alleged thief with the intention of confronting him. In the age of electronics and social media, this feels like a very real and current subject. It’s a chilling well-acted film. RATING: B+

PEEPLES (PG-13) - Starring Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, S. Epatha Merkerson, Tyler James Williams, Melvin Van Peebles, Diahann Carroll, Malcolm Barrett, Kali Hawk, Kimrie Lewis-Davis and Ana Gasteyer. Robinson plays Wade Walker, a children’s entertainer, intent on proposing to his girlfriend Grace Peeples (Washington), decides to surprise her at her family’s summer home in Sag Harbor. Turns out the family home is more of a mansion, and Grace’s strict, federal judge dad Virgil (Grier) and recovering ‘70s disco queen mom Daphne (Merkerson) have never heard of Wade. The daughter has been too concerned about her family’s judgment and obsession with status to ever disclose that she’s seeing somebody who might not be up to snuff. The Peeples family, though, is full of secrets of its own: Grace’s sister Gloria (Hawk), her secret lover Meg (Lewis-Davis) and brother Simon (Williams). This will remind you of the movie “Meet the Parents.” The only difference is that movie was good and funny. This has a couple of funny moments, but there’s just too much down time in between laughs where nothing is happening. RATING: C-

(Kyla Davis is a Nevada native and a movie enthusiast. She can be contacted at kylalovesmovies@aol.com.)

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