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Screener Squad: Needle in a Timestack

Needle in a Timestack Movie Review


From Oscar winning screenwriter John Ridley comes “Needle in a Timestack”, a sci-fi romantic drama set in a near future where time travel not only exists, it is commercially available to anyone so long as they’re rich enough to afford it, and they promise not to change the past. Well, you can imagine how well THAT turns out. Whenever someone does change the past, everyone in the present experiences a perceptible “time shift”. This has become so common, most people aren’t alarmed by it anymore. After a particularly strong time shift, happily married Nick (Leslie Odom, Jr.) becomes convinced that someone is going back in time to break up his marriage with Janine (Cynthia Erivo). Specifically, Nick suspects Tommy (Orlando Bloom); his former best friend and Janine’s ex-husband. Tommy has both the wealth and the motive to prevent Janine from ever falling in love with Nick. When Nick wakes up in a different house, with a different wife named Alex (Frieda Pinto) he begins to doubt everything. Although he no longer has any concrete memories of Janine, Nick is certain that there is something missing in his life. Can Nick ever trust his own memories? Will he learn to accept this new reality, or will he travel through time so he can fall in love again with a woman he barely remembers? Our jaunty reviewers Marco, Neil, Chris, and Tessa discuss whether they enjoyed the movie or thought it was a waste of time. It’s possible that one of our reviewers found the movie so convoluted and dull they traveled back in time to avoid ever having to watch this movie, thus erasing themselves from the review, and our memories. To find out who that lucky person is, you’ll have to listen to the review.


DIRECTED BY: John Ridley

STARRING: Leslie Odom Jr., Frieda Pinto, Cynthia Erivo, Orlando Bloom, Jadyn Wong, Ulka Simone Mohanty, Elizabeth Weinstein, Gourav Shah, Hiro Kanagawa, Charles Singh, Laysla De Oliveira, Kaylah Zander, James Kirk, Natalie D’Amico, Alessandro Juliani, Adam Beauchesne, Johannah Newmarch, Samantha Hum




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!”




Neil Anderson (Screener Squad)

I first got hooked on movies when I saw Star Wars at a drive-in theater as a kid. Growing up in a small, rural town meant not having access to a lot of movies. In college, that all changed. I couldn’t get enough. I love it all — flicks, films, movies, and cinema. I still have that wide-eyed wonder of that kid watching movies from the back of a pick-up truck at the drive-in.




Tessa Morrison (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Unstabletop Gamers)

Well-rounded nerd and artist, Tessa Morrison grew up in the misty mountains of West Virginia and was constantly ridiculed for being a “weirdo.” Then moved to Austin in 2009 where people said the same thing, but in an endearing tone. Tessa works an office day job, creates puppets and fiber art, cosplays, models for gaming and animation studios, and volunteers for various organizations. One of which is the Other Worlds Film Festival, Austin’s first SciFi film fest, working in the capacity of Outreach Director and programmer. Another is local DIY-comedy-wrestling league, Party World Rasslin’, where Tessa scrambles around stage-handing and doing art department nonsense. Wrote and contributed to website and magazine Strange Kids Club for five years reviewing films, video games, and Halloween candy. Co-hosted a Public Access show called Ladies of Fandom. Previously guested on podcasts Blood Over Texas, Threequel Club, Trash in the Can, Retro Movie Roundtable, and Nerds with Mics.



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