War Stories NR

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While working on a research project for school, Tim is stunned to discover that his father didn't die in the Gulf War. When questioned his stern, conservative mother isn't forthcoming with information. With a mysterious FBI Agent on their trail, can Tim and his gay best friend, Austin, break through a generation of lies and secrets and discover what really happened?

Starring:
Chelsea Anders, Mark Ayesh
Runtime:
1 hour, 43 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
Director Lee M. Whitman
Starring Chelsea Anders, Mark Ayesh
Supporting actors Samantha Booth, Gene Bowen, Martin Boyle, Isaac Cervantes, Michael Brenton Gordon, Kristy Gottlob, Sara Hammond, Tom Mason, Jayne McNeny, Eric Metz, Alan Peil, Mary Lou Phipps-Winfrey, Jay Sanderson, Colin Stephens, Danielle Wolverton
Studio Uncheckable Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Stutler on November 15, 2012
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I must say after reading some of the reviews about this movie, such as how bad this movie was and the characters were, I almost never watched it. I am so glad I did and I know this movie will and has played out in many homes across America in true life. I believe this is a shame, but true. The characters/actors were not your Big Names of Hollywood and frankly I am glad. This made it more believable. I must say my heart went out for our main character and the twists and turns he had to travel to find out the truth, but he did and the ending is believable also. I do hope you give this Production your time, it is worth it, it was to me.
M Stutler Nov 15, 2012
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bob Lind on October 14, 2012
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17 year old Tim Cartright decides to do his senior history paper on his father's death in the Gulf War, only to find, once he starts doing research, that there is no record of his father (or anyone else from Kansas) dying in that struggle. Whenever he gets close to finding out what really happened, a new, seemingly insurmountable roadblock is put in his way, and he starts being followed by someone who identified himself as an FBI agent. His mother is also secretive regarding the details of his father's death, and apparently arranged for Tim to no longer have to do the paper, though his curiosity can't let him stop now.

All of this happens during the hectic final months of his senior year in high school, with his girlfriend obsessed with plans for the prom. As he has since they were little kids, Tim relies heavily on his friend Austin, who has grown into a self-assured young gay man who gets Tim out of some nasty situations. The mystery uncovers his father's notes about UFOs, a war monument that seems to have changed since Tim saw it as a child, and a newspaper story that disappeared from all microfiche and archive copies of that edition.

This is a well-conceived, capably written (and directed) emotional story, extremely ambitious for an indie film with a limited budget. The one negative is some over-acting by several in the cast (including Michael Gordon as Tim, and Danielle Wolverton as his mother), though Mark Ayesh (as Tim's friend Austin) scores a touchdown with a fully-nuanced, engaging character portrayal. There is a surprise ending I was not at all expecting, which is especially rare in a low budget film like this. Don't miss this one. Four stars out of five.

DVD extras include only director commentary. Not rated, would likely be a PG at most.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Edison on May 29, 2012
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For a limited budget, independent kind of film the plot/story line was surprisingly good. It kept me interested throughout the whole movie in wanting to know "what happens next?"
And, as with limited budget films there are uneven acting performances. Unfortunately, the actress who plays the mother cannot act to save her life. This is unfortunate as it is such a key role in the movie. Actually, with the exception of the actor who played "the uncle," I thought all the adult performances could have been much better.
I did think the acting from all the young actors playing the teenagers was quite good, especially the actor who plays the son.
There were a few scenes in the movie that didn't really make sense like the huge long table used for the dining scenes where the mother sat at one end and the son the other end. Plus, I really don't think lit candles would be used for regular family dinners - very strange.
All in all I do recommend seeing this film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By anorman on May 18, 2013
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I was impressed by the story line. Very well written.

The actors appear to be learning their craft. There is significant room for improvement in the acting department from almost the entire cast. It looks to me like it is inexperience as actors rather than bad actors however, so I am sure that the cast themselves will get better with more experience.

Do not let the inexperience stop you from watching the movie to the end, however. The plot twists will keep you guessing until the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jeremy cool on December 19, 2012
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I don't review I just watch! Although the acting is a bit overdone in spots, I recommend this movie! This is a great story!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By vanwin on June 11, 2012
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I really like the plot of the story and felt that it had a lot of potential but, the actors ruined it. Specifically the actors playing the mom and high school teacher roles. Their acting seemed a bit stiff and really didn't seem to flow naturally with the story line. And some of the scenes could have been written and planned out better. A decent enough movie if you have some time to kill, But I recommend that you just rent it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Captain G on August 28, 2013
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Despite the low budget, the plot of the movie is worth the watch. Great movie. Definitely not a waste of time. Get some popcorn and enjoy the show.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Condor on August 9, 2012
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As a real sci-fi fan, this movie hit all the right marks, and felt a lot like X-files. However, the story is really about relationships - between a boy and his dad,and between him and all the other people who impact his teenage life -- girlfriend, mom, etc. But no relationship stands out as a greater source of strength than the character's great best friend - a non-shit-taking, emancipated minor who takes care of business, and who just happens to be gay.
A lot of care went into the plot of this movie - all the clues make sense - in a Crying Game sort of way.
It gets only four stars because even after being warned how terrible the mother was, I was still unprepared.
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