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Movie Review: The Nines

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We need more movies like The Nines. While it may only make complete sense to its creator, John August, there's enough in it to puzzle and delight that I recommend it without reservation. It raises and (sort of) answers questions about the nature of existence, the multiplicity of universes and the role of a Creator in both. It features one of the best performances of the year by--of all people--Ryan Reynolds and heralds the arrival of noted screenwriter August as a distinct and welcome directorial voice.

The film itself is broken into three parts that interconnect: "The Prisoner", "Reality Television" and "Knowing". Reynolds plays a different character in each, as do co-stars Hope Davis and Melissa McCarthy. In "The Prisoner", Reynolds is a drug-addled TV star under house arrest. Davis plays the horny housewife next door while McCarthy is his giggly but hard-ass publicist. After a few days in the house, strange things begin to happen. He sees things, hears things, finds cryptic messages, but just as he's about to learn the truth--whoosh!