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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.

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