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#182 is Nocturnal Animals, in limited release now. This film's ventures into David Lynch/cult film territory with touches of film noir and Hitchcock. Susan (Amy Adams) is rich but miserable, no doubt because she divorced her first husband Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal) many years ago for a driven handsome man (Armie Hammer), believing that Edward was too sensitive and thoughtful to succeed. Well, her second marriage is a disaster and Edward has written a novel and sent a manuscrip...t (also called Nocturnal Animals) for Susan to read first, dedicated to her. That story also features Gyllenhaal as a mild type traveling with his wife and daughter who runs into trouble with an awful trio of guys in the middle of nowhere in West Texas. This second story is occasionally grisly but greatly benefited by another typically great Michael Shannon performance as the detective investigating the aftermath of that incident. The story of the novel is much more interesting than Amy Adams' framing story, and the ending is ambiguous and open to all kinds of interpretation as to what it means. But I found Nocturnal Animals fascinating if not the most coherent film I've ever seen. Worth a look for the adventurous moviegoer.

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NOCTURNAL ANIMALS (2016)

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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