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Buster's Mal Heart (2017)

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In this bold thriller peppered with dark humor and interlocking mystery, an eccentric mountain man is on the run from the authorities, surviving the winter by breaking into empty vacation homes in a remote community. Regularly calling into radio talk shows - where he has acquired the nickname "Buster" - to rant about the impending Inversion at the turn of the millennium, he is haunted by visions of being lost at sea, and memories of his former life as a family man. Buster (Rami Malek) was once Jonah, a hard-working husband and father whose job as the night-shift concierge at a hotel took its toll on his psyche and, consequently, his marriage to the sensitive Marty (Kate Lyn Sheil) - until a chance encounter with a conspiracy-obsessed drifter (DJ Qualls) changed the course of their lives forever. As the solitary present-day Buster drifts from house to house, eluding the local sheriff at every turn, we gradually piece together the events that fractured his life and left him alone on top of a snowy mountain, or perhaps in a small rowboat in the middle of a vast ocean - or both, in this visceral mind bender that will provoke discussion long after it turns your world upside-down.

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Cast

Rami Malek
as Buster, Jonah
DJ Qualls
as The Last Free Man
Toby Huss
as Deputy Winston
Lin Shaye
as Pauline
Bruce Bundy
as Ranger Meg
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Smith's eye for arresting images is as strong as Malek's gift for being both present in the moment and lost in his character's anxieties.

June 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Whatever wavelength the quietly riveting Malek and the equally intriguing Sheil are on, they're on it together.

June 1, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

If you appreciate a writer/director and actor who swing for the fences and chase after big questions ... this has a dreamlike beauty that may catch you in its spell.

May 12, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Smith's idiosyncratic style isn't going to please everyone, but she deserves top marks for bold ideas and storytelling.

May 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Happily, the weirdness is not for its own sake, and the story, while scrambled, is anything but incoherent.

May 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's a confident weirdness that "Buster's Mal Heart" boasts as it dissects a damaged soul for signs of what's eternal and what's triggered when a man breaks in two.

May 4, 2017 | Full Review…

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