Screener Squad: The Virtuoso

The Virtuoso Movie Review


Anson Mount is “The Virtuoso”, an elite assassin suffering from a guilty conscience after his last job caused the death of an innocent bystander. His shadowy boss, The Mentor (Anthony Hopkins) tells him not to take it personally. Collateral damage comes with the territory. Besides, he needs The Virtuoso (none of the films’ characters are given proper names) to complete a high priority assignment: go to a roadhouse diner in the middle of nowhere and assassinate one of the people inside. The problem is, The Virtuoso hasn’t been told who the target is. Could it be The Waitress (Abbie Cornish) or The Deputy (David Morse)? Maybe it’s The Loner (Eddie Marsan) or Handsome Johnnie (probably not his real name). It’s an unusual predicament for a supposedly professional hitman to find himself in. Before long, bodies begin to drop but not as quickly as our interest level did. Brew yourself a cup of Sleepy Time Tea (although you won’t need it) and listen to our hit squad of reviewers Lewayne, Jordan, Santiago and Marco discuss why this is the “sleeper hit” of the year but not in a good way. DISCLAIMER: Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while watching “The Virtuoso”.

**This review is available in a longer, uncut, video version for TIME LORD subscribers and above right here**


DIRECTED BY: Nick Stagliano

STARRING: Anson Mount, Abbie Cornish, Anthony Hopkins, Eddie Marsan, David Morse, Richard Brake, Diora Baird




Jordan Cobb (Screener Squad)

Born with a comic book in one hand, a camera in the other, and in front of the television as WrestleMania played out, Jordan Worth Cobb was thus birthed into this crazy world. A Digital Filmmaking major from the University of Central Arkansas, Jordan has done it all in film from directing, writing, editing, and producing in addition to skills involved in film and TV criticism, journalism, and years of podcasting experience. On any given day, her ADHD riddled brain bounces focus from film to pro wrestling to TV to superheroes to noir to video games to espionage and yes, even to sports. She played little league you know. For more of this eccentric nerd, you can follow her on Twitter here and read her original writings on Deepest Corners of My Notebook.



Marco Noyola (Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Audio Editor)

By day, Marco is a mild-mannered office worker, but by night he is a mild-mannered movie watcher. He does other mild-mannered stuff too.

“You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody!”




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Santiago is a young film watcher from South Texas, currently living in Austin. When he’s not getting raw inspiration piped into his brain with all form of art, movies, and books you can find him attempting to understand the wide world of synthesizers. The rest of his mind is crammed with craft hops and resin but he assures you that it makes for good conversation.




Lewayne White (Screener Squad)

Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.




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