OUT OF BLUE – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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An astrophysicist with a funky retro style, Jennifer Rockwell (Mamie Gummer), is found shot to death in her New Orleans observatory the morning after she gives a melancholy lecture on how we are all stardust. Alcoholic homicide detective Mike Hoolihan (Patricia Clarkson) catches the case, which may or may not bear certain similarities to the murders of a long-ago, never-caught serial killer.

British writer-director Carol Morley, with her first film set outside the UK, has transformed Martin Amis’s novel Night Train into a limp noodle of a cinematic noir that, most criminally, drains the usually marvelous Clarkson of her deliciously eccentric charisma. But only slightly less criminal is how Out of Blue attempts a slow-burn mix of pseudoscientific philosophizing about “dark matter” and “dark energy” with Hoolihan’s beyond-clichéd worn-out-cop psyche and the usual ugly human impulses that drive the crimes explored here. Continue reading…

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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson is a freelance writer on film, TV, DVD, and pop culture from New York City and now based in London. She is the webmaster and sole critic at FlickFilosopher.com, which debuted in 1997 and is now one of the most popular, most respected, and longest-running movie-related sites on the Internet. Her film reviews also appear in a variety of alternative-weekly newspapers across the U.S. Johanson is one of only a few film critics who is a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (the Webby organization), an invitation-only, 500-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities. She is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. She has appeared as a cultural commentator on BBC Radio, LBC-London, and on local radio programs across North America, and she served as a judge at the first Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival at the 2003 I-Con, the largest SF convention on the East Coast. She is the author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride, and is an award-winning screenwriter. Read Johanson's recent articles below. For her AWFJ.org archive, type "MaryAnn Johanson" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).