Buster’s Mal Heart (2016)

Writer/ director, Sarah Adina Smith’s description of her film as a mix of “Donnie Darko” and “Bad Santa” can only be due to its main character’s delightfully curious nature throughout this murky story.

Buster/ Jonah’s reprobate past is behind him as he begins a new life with his religious wife, Marty. While working the lonely night shift at a hotel, Jonah is drawn to a philosophical—and slightly paranoid—drifter, the extent whose influence is gradually revealed.

The choice to rotate between three phases of Buster/ Jonah’s existence until the startling confluence of past, present and future is bold, to say the least. But the real expertise is displayed in the casting of Rami Malek as Buster. His performance was essential to the telling of a story that will stay with you long after the credits roll.

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