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Mercury in Retrograde

 

105 minutes · 2017

Comedy, Drama, Romance
This observant, nuanced indie opens with three Chicago couples poring over their horoscopes in a local paper during a getaway at a Michigan cabin. The astrological period of the title promises upheavals and self-reflection, and as the weekend progresses, the stars don't lie. The men (Jack C. Newell, Shane Simmons, Kevin Wehby) have the funniest moments, haggling over the finer points of Frisbee golf and using a drunken discussion of Dashiell Hammett's The Glass Key to skirt their deeper feelings; the women (Alana Arenas, Roxane Mesquida, Najarra Townsend) provide the soul baring needed for the film's bittersweet denouement. Michael Glover Smith directed his own script.

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