Scott Marks 3 p.m., Dec. 18
After a compromising photo of him surfaces online, a high school student (Jonah Bobo) attempts suicide. A couple (Paula Patton and Alexander Skarsgård) seeks revenge against the hacker who cyber-drained their savings account. An emerging TV reporter (Andrea Riseborough) betrays a source (Max Thieriot) to help expose an internet porn ring. Novice screenwriter Andrew Stern scoured the internet in search of three sensational stories, all involving social media and cyber crime, to string together as a feature. Instead of bringing it to a point, all that Stern and director Henry Alex Rubin (making his narrative feature debut) can come up with are three Lifetime message pictures for the price of one. Strangely enough, the most visually compelling moments involve close-ups of characters silently texting back and forth. A singularly ugly subject made even more so thanks to cinematographer Ken Seng, who bastes this serving of Crash lite with a pasty incandescence that only adds to the unpleasantness. 2013.
— Scott Marks