November | Chicago Reader

November

A brutal and frightening corner-store stickup becomes the pivot of this digitally shot drama from the Independent Film Channel, scripted by Benjamin Brand and directed by Greg Harrison. Courteney Cox plays a photography teacher whose boyfriend is shot to death while fetching her some chocolate; traumatized, she begins treatment with a therapist (Nora Dunn), but any promise of growth or wisdom evaporates as Brand starts playing around with multiple versions of the story. This parallel-reality shtick would be OK if the gun violence weren't so awful—but staging a murder again and again for the sake of some undergraduate head game is no more defensible than using it to pump up an action flick. With James LeGros, Michael Ealy, and Anne Archer. R, 73 min.

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