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"Mommy, can I take Joy to our house?"

The next time your young daughter asks you if she can take Joy to your house on the other side of the neighborhood, the correct answer is a resounding “no.” Such is the lesson from this week’s Film Board subject, Denis Villeneuve’s “Prisoners.” Join Steve Sarmento, Mike Evans, Andy Nelson, and Pete Wright as we discuss the strong performances across the cast, led by the captivating Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. We talk about the spellbinding cinematography of one of our very favorites in the business, Roger Deakins, who manages to turn a sleepy Pennsylvania suburb into a horrifyingly bleak kidnap-scape. And we can’t forget the incredible casting of two of the downright creepiest performances on screen right now, Paul Dano and David Dastmalchian. This Aaron Guzikowski-penned script sat on the Black List for far too long, and has been plagued by creative changes for years, and yet the result on screen is a film with few loose ends and much to appreciate. Listen in!

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