hospitAlity (Nick Chakwin, David Guglielmo) stars Emmanuelle Chriqui as Donna, the owner of a B&B in the middle of nowhere and single mother to a “touched” teenager (Conner McVicker). One day, an ex-con (Sam Trammell) who knew Donna back in her sex-worker days shows up looking for something. Soon after, an old friend of his (Jim Beaver) shows up looking for the same thing, and Donna has to figure out how to manage everyone’s expectations without getting bloody – and before the local dirtbag cop (JR Bourne) gets wind of anything. Sadly, the pitch is a lot more promising than the movie writer/directors Chakwin and Guglielmo have made from it; despite decent efforts from Chriqui and Trammell and some typically excellent work from Beaver, Hospitality just sort of sits there, going through the motions of a neo-noir thriller from the early 90s without bringing much to the table besides a plot we’ve just seen played out in Bad Times At The El Royale. The film’s in desperate need of some style, or at least some sort of aesthetic approach that would pull its familiar beats into focus. And even at 80 minutes, it’s half an hour too long. 80 min. nn (Norman Wilner)
Emmanuelle Chriqui and Sam Trammell get lost in Hospitality.