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Exposed – 2016

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On DVD: Mar 29, 2016
Rating: R (for violence including a sexual assault, and for language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By: Declan Dale
Producers: Keanu Reeves, Gee Malik Linton, Robin Gurland
STARRING: Keanu Reeves, Ana de Armas
Runtime: 1 hr. 42 min.
[divider]Exposed is a dark film that defies definition and a clear category.  Isabel (Ana De Armas) is a beautiful, but troubled young woman whose life is as mysterious as the plot of this movie.  She seems to have a happy life, loving family, and a husband, Jose, serving in Iraq.  There is so much beauty in her world, but that is only on the surface. Dig deeper, and you will find sorrow and dark secrets.  The tagline for the movie is “Some secrets are better left buried.”  That is true with this movie. A great deal of darkness, and even more confusion.

Scotty Galban (Keanu Reeves) has a murderer to catch.  He’s a cop looking for the guy who killed his partner, Cullen.  You are led to believe that his partner is as dirty and messed up as his partner Galban is clean.  But, that doesn’t keep Scotty from digging around the trash of the city to find justice for his partner, and peace for himself.  Mira Sorvino is one of my favorite actresses, and here she plays the grieving wife of the dead cop.  She wants justice as long  as it doesn’t upset the apple cart of her life and memories of her husband.  Nobody wants Galban to dig too deep, because they know nothing good is hidden below.

This is a difficult movie to watch, and impossible to say I enjoyed.  There is a great deal of Spanish in the movie, and I recommend watching it with subtitles on.  Exposed envelopes you in the darkness of the underbelly of crime, murder, and revenge. The film creates a sad world with little hope of joy or redemption. The movie was directed by Declan Dale, which is a pseudonym for Gee Malik Linton, who no longer wished to have his name associated with the movie.  This tells you something important.  After being purchased by Lionsgate, it was significantly re-cut to produce a completely different film than was originally intended. I would like to see that film, but it doesn’t exit.  The original screenplay intended to focus on the character of Isabel, child abuse, and the madness it produces.  Instead, the studio and editor focused on Keanu Reeves to create a standard cop thriller. But, it just wasn’t there, and  I think they failed in their effort.

It’s hard to recommend this movie, because it’s a bit of a mess, frustrating and unsatisfying.  There’s a great deal of downright creepy in this world with very little, if any, redemption.  Keanu brings his minimilist acting style, which brings very little to the table.  It wasn’t hard to figure out where they were going with this film, or why.  The signs are there.  But, I think there are better ways to get there, and I was happy to seem the movie train come into the subway station.

 

 

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Apple TV+ announces season two for delightful kids and family series “Camp Snoopy

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Today, Apple TV+ announced a season two for acclaimed kids and family series “Camp Snoopy,” based on the classic Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz and directed by Rob Boutilier (“The Snoopy Show,” “Snoopy in Space”). The complete  first season of “Camp Snoopy” is now streaming globally on Apple TV+.

After discovering their troop is in danger of disbanding, Snoopy and the Beagle Scouts set off to immerse themselves in nature and the Great Outdoors, with the Beagle Scout Manual as their guide. Meanwhile, Charlie Brown and friends enjoy their summer at Camp Spring Lake, crossing paths with Snoopy as they experience hiking, swimming, sitting around campfires and everything summer camp and the outdoors have to offer. 

Produced for Apple TV+ by Peanuts and WildBrain, “Camp Snoopy” is based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz and is directed by Rob Boutilier (“The Snoopy Show,” “Snoopy in Space”). Executive producers are Craig Schulz, Paige Braddock, Boutilier, Josh Scherba, Stephanie Betts and Logan McPherson.

“Camp Snoopy” joined an exciting slate of new offerings for kids and families on Apple TV+ this summer featuring the second season of beloved animated series “Frog and Toad,” based on the Caldecott and Newbery Honor-winning books; animated adventure trilogy “WondLa,” based on the New York Times bestselling book series “The Search for WondLa” by Tony DiTerlizzi; highly anticipated kids and family series “Yo Gabba GabbaLand!,” inspired by the hit, Emmy Award-nominated cultural phenomenon “Yo Gabba Gabba!”; “Me,” an elevated cinematic coming-of-age story from Barry L. Levy; and, the first-ever television adaptation of the cult classic film, “Time Bandits,” starring Lisa Kudrow.

Award-winning all-age offerings now streaming globally on Apple TV+ include celebrated live action animated hybrid special, “The Velveteen Rabbit”; the Academy Award and BAFTA Award-winning animated short film “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse”; Oscar-nominated and BAFTA Award-winning animated film “Wolfwalkers”; the BAFTA Award and Humanitas Prize-winning “El Deafo,” BAFTA Award-winning “Lovely Little Farm,” “Duck & Goose,” “Get Rolling With Otis,” Spin Master Entertainment’s “Sago Mini Friends,” GLAAD Media Award-nominated “Pinecone & Pony,” “Frog and Toad,” The Jim Henson Company’s Emmy Award-winning “Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock,” “Harriet the Spy” and “Slumberkins,” Sesame Workshop’s “Helpsters,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt, HITRECORD and Bento Box Entertainment’s “Wolfboy and the Everything Factory,” Jack McBrayer and Angela C. Santomero’s Emmy Award-nominated “Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show,” Peanuts and WildBrain’s Emmy Award-nominated “Snoopy in Space,” “The Snoopy Show,” Scholastic’s “Eva the Owlet” and Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series “Stillwater.” Live-action offerings include Bonnie Hunt’s DGA and WGA Award-nominated “Amber Brown,” DGA Award-winning “Best Foot Forward,” “Surfside Girls,” WGA Award-winning “Life By Ella,” Sesame Workshop and Sinking Ship’s Emmy Award-winning “Ghostwriter,” Emmy Award and Environmental Media Association Award winning “Jane,” and Scholastic’s “Puppy Place.”

Also included are “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth,” the Emmy Award-winning television event based on the New York Times bestselling book and TIME Best Book of the Year by Oliver Jeffers, and specials from Peanuts and WildBrain including Emmy Award-nominated “Snoopy Presents: It’s the Small Things, Charlie Brown,” “Snoopy Presents: Lucy’s School,” Humanitas and Emmy Award-nominated “Snoopy Presents: To Mom (and Dad), With Love,” “Snoopy Presents: One-of-a-Kind Marcie,” “Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin,” Emmy Award-winning “Snoopy Presents: Who Are You, Charlie Brown?” and “Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne.”

Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all of a user’s favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service in its debut. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries and series have earned 499 wins and 2,262 award nominations and counting, including multi-Emmy Award-winning comedy “Ted Lasso” and historic Oscar Best Picture winner “CODA.”

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