Columbus Circle

This is a nicely done little thriller movie. It’s kinda dumb and kinda smart.

An agoraphobic rich woman, on the run for 17 years from her abusive rich family, lives in a New York City penthouse apartment overlooking Columbus Circle. She starts seeing bad stuff happening through her peephole in the apartment next door. Why her rich family couldn’t track her down, well, that’s the dumb part. One of the dumb parts. The smart stuff is the performances, uniformly excellent, the agoraphobia high concept and the winking sense of humor. I laughed out loud several times at deliberately telegraphed plot twists.

Selma Blair, Amy Smart, Giovanni Ribisi and Jason Lee (Earl from My Name Is Earl). Slight, but skillful. 3 stars, watch it with a room full of friends–it’s a lot of fun. PG13.

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