A small release week was highlighted by family dramas and two television series.
LITTLE BOY – A refreshing drama about a young man who misses his father terribly when he goes off to fight in World War 2. The film is not afraid to confront big issues such as bullying, alcoholism, and death as the child tries to adjust to the change in his household while clinging to his faith. A solid cast includes Tom Wilkinson, Michael Rappaport, Ted Levine, Kevin James, and Emily Watson.
STRANGERLAND – A family moves to a remote town in Australia and is unprepared when their new lives are uprooted by tragedy in this dark drama. When their teen children disappear the town rallies but soon turns ugly as they focus their suspicions on the parents. Nicole Kidman and Joseph Feinnes star as the couple with Hugo Weaving(The Matrix) as a local policeman who suspects them.
NCIS NEW ORLEANS – Season one of the latest NCIS spin off benefits form “Big Easy” locations ,a bit of Cajun flavoring, and tightly wound suspense stories. Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, and CCH Pounder star. Way better than NCIS Los Angeles.
THE REBEL – The complete run(all 76 episodes) of this classic western series that featured Nick Adams as Johnny Yuma. the character returns from serving as a Confederate soldier in the first episode and finds his small town in Texas has become a corrupt cesspool. Disillusioned he hits the road and has a series of encounters with settlers and the like as he crosses the country heading west. Solid western dram with Nick Adams as Yuma and a host of guest stars who include John Carradine, Dan Blocker(Hoss of Bonanza fame) and Robert Vaughn.
Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times