Wednesday, September 30, 2020     Volume: 21, Issue: 30
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
13TH (2020)
ACTS OF VIOLENCE (2018)
AVA
BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC
BINGABLE: ABANDONED (2016)
BINGEABLE: Barry
BINGEABLE: CASA DE LAS FLORES
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG
BINGEABLE: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARIES
BINGEABLE: OUTLANDER (2014-present)
BINGEABLE: STRANGER THINGS 3
BINGEABLE: THE SINNER (SEASON 2)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: COOL RUNNINGS (1993)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: FISH TANK (2009)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: HOUSE
BLAST FROM THE PAST: OLDBOY
BLAST FROM THE PAST: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE PRESTIGE (2006)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART
BLOW THE MAN DOWN
COASTAL ELITES
DA 5 BLOODS
DICK TRACY (1990)
FIRST COW
GREYHOUND
GUILTY PLEASURES: CHEER (2020)
HAVE A GOOD TRIP: ADVENTURES IN PSYCHEDELICS
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
JOJO RABBIT
JUST MERCY
LYING AND STEALING
MESSAGE FROM THE KING
MULAN
MY OCTOPUS TEACHER
ONLY
PALM SPRINGS
PROJECT POWER
SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE (2011)
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND
THE LOVEBIRDS
THE OLD GUARD
THE POSTCARD KILLINGS
THE VAST OF NIGHT
TREAD
TV REVIEW: BOSCH
TV REVIEW: CATCH-22
TV REVIEW: COBRA KAI
TV REVIEW: DEFENDING JACOB
TV REVIEW: FEAR CITY
TV REVIEW: GENERATION KILL (2008)
TV REVIEW: HANNIBAL (2013-2015)
TV REVIEW: HOMECOMING
TV REVIEW: I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE
TV REVIEW: I MAY DESTROY YOU
TV REVIEW: I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK
TV REVIEW: LENOX HILL
TV REVIEW: LITTLE AMERICA
TV REVIEW: LOVE ON THE SPECTRUM
TV REVIEW: MRS. AMERICA
TV REVIEW: NORMAL PEOPLE
TV REVIEW: PANDEMIC: HOW TO PREVENT AN OUTBREAK (2020)
TV REVIEW: PERRY MASON
TV REVIEW: RAMY
TV REVIEW: RUN
TV REVIEW: SPACE FORCE
TV REVIEW: TABOO
TV REVIEW: THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD
TV REVIEW: THE LAST KINGDOM
TV REVIEW: THE MIDNIGHT GOSPEL
TV REVIEW: THE MORNING SHOW
TV REVIEW: THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL OF ALL
TV REVIEW: THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA
TV REVIEW: THE VOW
TV REVIEW: UNDONE
TV REVIEW: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
TV REVIEW: ZEROZEROZERO
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS
UNDERRATED: SHUTTER ISLAND
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
[UN]WELL

THE VAST OF NIGHT

PHOTO BY , COURTESY OF GED CINEMA

THE VAST OF NIGHT


Where is it playing?: Amazon Prime

What's it rated?: PG-13

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

Andrew Patterson directs this sci-fi film about two teenagers living in 1950s Cayuga, New Mexico. Fay (Sierra McCormick) is a switchboard operator, and Everett (Jake Horowitz) is a radio DJ. They discover and begin investigating a strange radio frequency. The story takes place over one night and is framed as an episode of Paradox Theatre, a Twilight Zone-esque TV anthology series. 

This impressive debut by first-time director Patterson rips a page out of the Steven Spielberg playbook, mixing nostalgia, aliens, and wide-eyed characters in a story that feels like a distant cousin to Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). As Fay and Everett dig out the truth about the strange signal, they’re first contacted by Billy (Bruce Davis), an ex-serviceman who claims to have been part of a secret operation that may have been involved in hiding an alien spacecraft. Later they meet homebound Mabel Blanche (Gail Cronauer), who claims her then-9-year-old son was abducted decades earlier. As the plot thickens, the action speeds up to a frantic final encounter.

It’s a fun story that recalls the sci-fi films of the ’50s—low key, low budget, and lots of fun. (89 min.)

—Glen Starkey









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