Mr. Movie

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The fifth film in Carmike Cinemas Independent Film Series is a very well-shot and directed film about a novelist with issues.

Some excellent acting and interesting cinematography surround this uneven story.

-- Local show times, theaters, trailer.

Typical of many independent filmmakers, writer/director John Scoular lets his story wander into self-indulgence. Scoular’s other efforts have been short films.

He seems to add scenes to this one to pad for length and to make what might have been a good short film into a feature.

Whatever — one can only endure a limited amount of character angst before it becomes a non-productive pity party. Flashbacks to his childhood eventually get you to what’s bugging the guy.

By the time you get there it’s hard to care.

Mr. Movie rating: 2 1/2 stars

Rated R for language, male nudity, mature themes. It opens Tuesday, April 27 at the Carmike 12.

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 video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.