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Odette Annable is a talented actress that has graced the big and small screen. She is best known for her roles as Samantha Arias/Reign on Supergirl and Dr. Jessica Adams on House. She also starred on the hit TV series Breaking In, South Beach and two and a half men.
If there’s one thing the Cloverfield movies are known for, it’s their sense of dread. The films use the found footage format to create a sense of urgency and unease. The series also uses a “jump cut” style that blurs the lines between scenes.
The original Cloverfield focuses on a group of New Yorkers who must fight to survive when an enormous creature attacks the city. The cast includes Rob Hawkins (Michael Stahl-David), his camera-toting friend Hud, and Beth, played by Odette Annable.
The space mov film is unsettling and terrifying, but it also features a great horror movie love story with Rob and Beth. This is what makes it stand out from other entries in the franchise and why it’s become a fan favorite.
2. You Again
You Again finds Odette Annable reuniting with her Step by Step co-stars, this time playing Marni’s mom in a family wedding comedy. The problem is this movie has neither laughs nor romance to spare, wasting its capable cast.
Marni (Kristen Bell) is a successful Los Angeles public relations executive but still carries around the scars of her high school days as an ugly duckling bullied by popular cheerleader J-J (Odette Yustman). She’s shocked to learn her brother is marrying her nemesis.
Victor Garber and Sigourney Weaver add heft to the cast, but even their presence can’t save this cliched retribution comedy from sinking in a sea of generic moments. The interminable scenes of random slapstick don’t help either, resulting in head-butts, stubbed toes and all manner of clumsy food splatters that feel like less sincere Three Stooges.
3. The Truth About Lies
As the documentary form continues to evolve, questions of truth or falsehood have never rang louder or with more persistence. From Catfish to Exit Through the Gift Shop, the debate rages on, with filmmakers wielding the full range of their cinematic tools to present their points of view.
This movie has so many quotable lines, and I loved Mary Elizabeth Ellis’s scene stealer moments. Fran Kranz is so believable as Gilby and I love the way the film portrays his character’s relationship with Rachel.
The movie has an intriguing approach by combining academic experiments and studies with interviews with athletes, day traders, and accountants who have been caught lying or cheating. The mix of the two makes for a fascinating and lighthearted movie that can be watched by the whole family. I highly recommend it! -Kyle
4. The Astronaut Wives Club
If 2016’s Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures, a much-needed look at a group of African-American women who worked behind the scenes at NASA during the space race, piqued your interest, then 2015’s ABC mini-series The Astronaut Wives Club is worth a watch.
Based on Lily Koppel’s 2013 book, The Astronaut Wives Club is an absorbing docu-drama that takes some license with the astronaut wives’ true stories.
But in general, the characteristics of each woman are very true to life. The reserved Louise is a feminist, the sultry Rene (portrayed by Yvonne Strahovski) pronounces her name with a “Reen,” and the redheaded Betty Grissom is a feisty Navy wife with a lisp. The other wives, like stoic Marge Slayton (Erin Cummings) and Jo Schirra (Zoe Boyle), are portrayed as mannered and polite — just the way we’d expect them to be.
5. The Grinder
With a cast like this one, smart-alecky TV can seem just plain fun. But this sort of complexity-skewing comedy has its limits, and audiences don’t always respond to the challenge. For example, Deadpool grossed $762 million by playing to the rabid, built-in audience of Marvel-branded chaos cinema.
The Grinder, on the other hand, found its footing by satirizing the conventions of small town courtroom farce and family conflict. By using a shrewd premise to ridicule cliche plotting and full circle saga-making, it became heady without being pretentious.
The show’s characters also helped to make it a success. From the booze-swindling, man-obsessed mother to the oh-so-smart daughter, they were all well-cast and appealing. This made The Grinder a winner. It just needed a little more time to reach its full potential. But it was worth the wait.