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Screener Squad: A Little White Lie

A Little White Lie Movie Review


Toni Morrison once said the ability of the writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power. Michael Shannon plays a handyman living in New York city who’s mistaken for a very famous, private, and reclusive writer named Shriver. Simone Cleary (Kate Hudson) and Don Johnson (T. Wasserman) invite him to a university where he is to deliver a keynote address at the school’s literary festival. When a poet named Blythe tears down Shriver’s now outdated and problematic work, all eyes are on Shriver when Blythe suddenly goes missing. Written and directed by Michael Maren, the film explores the power of identity, self discovery, and the mischief that can occur when writing fiction with your mouth. Bradly, Frank, LeWayne, and Rae discuss the positives and negatives of a the film’s juggling act between light hearted comedy and dark murder mystery followed by the fawning over Kate Hudson, Michael Shannon, and Mr. Nash Bridges himself, Don Johnson. Zach Braff is also in the cast but hey, not every ensemble is perfect.


DIRECTED BY: Michael Maren

STARRING: Michael Shannon, Kate Hudson, Romy Bryne, Don Johnson, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Aja Naomi King, Benjamin King, M. Emmet Walsh, Perry Mattfeld, Mark Boone Junior, Giorgia Whigham, Jimmi Simpson, Adhir Kalyan, Wendie Malick, Zach Braff, Kate Linder, Peyton List




Bradly Martin (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub)

Bradly Martin was born in the united states and grew up on a healthy diet of sports, films, and books. A rather shy lad who kept to himself, Bradly soon discovered the best way to know a person was to know what people liked. Throughout the years Bradly became a fan of many things and a fanatic of none. From Doctor Dre, to Doctor Strange and the who’s who of Whos. From Playstation to the Dreamcast and Marvel to DC. From LeBron James to James Bond and Lord of the Rings to Lord Palmerston (or Pitt the Elder if you agree with Wade Boggs) and is a huge fan of dad jokes and randomly obscure Simpsons references. Armed with a vast knowledge of comics, films, and pop culture. Bradly traveled the world making friends and sharing takes. As a young man Bradly married the love of his life young and grew older every year with each new child brought into the brood. If trends continue, Scientists predict that .2% of Canada (where Bradly and family reside) will be populated by Bradly’s children by the year 2029. You can hear him leading and listening to his favorite critics on the Screener Squad and Eye on the prize and maybe even provide some comments of his own.



Frank Calvillo (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)

Born and raised in South Texas, Frank currently lives in Austin and has been in love with movies ever since his father showed him some Three Stooges shorts when he was five years old. Today he loves all kinds of film, regardless of era, country, budget or genre. He believes every film has an audience and is at least one person’s favorite movie. After writing for Sight & Sound and Slackerwood, he now writes for Cinapse where his increasingly random taste in all flavors of cinema (from Rashomon to Mars Attacks!) continues to thrive. His ultimate goal is to write a script for his boyhood crush, Michelle Pfeiffer.



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.




Lyrae Anderson (Screener Squad)

You can call me Rae. You can also call me a film lover. I’ll watch it all — small screen; big screen, and everything in between. I have attended and worked for Fantastic Fest and South by Southwest for many years. I married a film geek as well. While we don’t agree on everything, we agree on our love of movies.




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