Valentine's Day is about love and -- while some might disagree it's a love story -- the Battelle Film Club opens its spring series with the clever Safety Not Guaranteed.
Mark Duplass heads an unknown cast as Kenneth, a paranoid inventor who claims he's built a time machine. Kenneth wants someone to test it out with him.
Darius -- played nicely by Aubrey Plaza -- is one of two interns accompanying a reporter to check out Kenneth. Fascinated by Kenneth's sincere belief that he's actually conquered time, she carefully connects with him a personal level at a time.
This movie works on every level, and when it gets to the point where we get to see if Kenneth's time machine is the real deal, you'll love this movie enough to not care whether it works or not.
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That's brilliant filmmaking.
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Director: Colin Trevorrow
Stars: Mark Duplass, Aubrey Plaza
Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars
Rated R for mature themes, language. It plays Friday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. at the Battelle Auditorium.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.