Rated: PG-13
Release Date: 04/29/2022
Production Company: Oscilloscope Laboratories

Susanne Wuest, Cara Ricketts, Christian Serritiello, George Tchortov, Adam Brown, and Julian Richings.

Director: Maxwell McCabe-Lokos, Producers: Emma Rebecka Borg and Hayley Brown. Executive Producers: Daniel Beckerman, Susanne Wuest and Riel Roch Decter. Screenwriters: Maxwell McCabe-Lokos. Rob Benvje Cinematographer: Cabot McNenly.
By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

With his feature film debut, "Stanleyville," screenwriter Maxwell McCabe-Lokos aims high, but can't quite stick the landing with this absurdist, black comedy.

In "Stanleyville," five social misfits are invited to take part in a series of contests. The winner will walk away with bragging rights and a brand, spanking new orange SUV. It's a pretty sweet looking ride.

It's possible it could bring some joy into the seemingly miserable lives of this group. There's Maria Barbizan (Susanne Wuest, "Good Night Mommy") who looks bored out of her mind and is eager to get away from her family. Andrew (Christian Serritiello, "Catalina") is a businessman who has no business even being here. Manny Jumpcannon (Adam Brown "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales"), is a former drug addict, the runt of the group and the most annoying. Bofill (George Tchortov, TV's "Mayor of Kingston") is a fitness fanatic who goes crazy if he doesn’t get his protein shakes. Felicie (Cara Ricketts, TV's "The Resident"), is an attractive Black woman with a ton of confidence who is in it to win it by any means necessary.

They have all been lured into this thing by the game's host, Homunculus (Julian Richings, "Chaos Walking" and TV's "Chapelwaite") who a really weird looking cat that anyone in their right mind would be reluctant to talk to. His role is to read them the contest rules and if anyone walks out before the game is over, no one wins. Leaving also comes with a big price.

The contestants have to do a bunch of stupid stuff like build a telecommunications type device out of miscellaneous items, blow up balloons in 60 seconds and even write a world inspiring anthem.

For about the first 40 minutes or so, you ride along with "Stanleyville," but as this routine slowly plays out, the movie begins to test your patience, because not much exciting is taking place. You're wondering where this is leading since the challenges become much more dangerous and just flat out weird.

On paper, "Stanleyville" may have seemed like a unique, quirky, and artsy movie, but on screen, it comes up short.

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Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), The American Film Institute (AFI), and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.


Book Of Numbers Title: Book Of Numbers
Year Released: 1973
Running Time: 81
Production Company: AVCO Embassy Pictures
Director: Raymond St. Jacques
Director of Photography: Gayne Rescher
Screenwriter: Raymond St. Jacques
Author: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

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