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WALTER (2015)

#58 is an odd bird, Walter (2015). You know, the old standard story about a ticket-taker at the local multiplex who believes he is the Son of God and has the power to interpret who is going to go to heaven – and who is headed for the warmer afterlife location. Andrew J. West plays the title character (who’s got extreme OCD) as a cross between Norman Bates and Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. He deals with vulgar fellow employee Vince (Milo Ventimiglia) and resigned theat...er manager Corey (Jim Gaffigan, who has almost nothing to do here but look weary). He imagines himself with beautiful blonde snack counter attendant Kendal (Levin Rambin) and lives with his mother (Virginia Madsen), who insists on making Walter eggs morning, noon and night. Walker takes the bus back and forth from home to the multiplex, all the while assigning heaven or hell to the various people he sees. Until one day when Greg (Justin Kirk) suddenly appears, asking Walker to tell him where he’s going, heaven to hell. Walter is astonished and can’t tell Greg where he’s supposed to go. That’s because Greg is a spirit who’s stuck between both places, and needs Walker to tell him where to go. Walter’s freaked out by this, and his mother sets him up to get some help from a psychotherapist (William H. Macy) whose approach is, shall we say, unorthodox? Neve Campbell and Peter Facinelli also turn up in small but important parts. Walter isn’t for everyone, as it’s a quirky little film with some nice performances and a total mood change towards the end that absolutely redeems these characters. If you can suspend disbelief at the premise, Walter is worth a look. Shot on location in Indianapolis (Walter passes the speedway every day on his way to work), which gives the film a fresh look.

TLA one-word review: tender

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

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