Buster is a happily married (if not entirely happy) young dad working the night concierge desk in a remote mountainside hotel. He’s also a bearded crank who breaks into luxury homes and calls in to radio shows to rant about "the coming inversion." He’s also lost at sea and daring God to just finish the job. Writer-director Sarah Adina Smith’s ambitious, assured drama about a man divided against himself (heh, heh, “Buster”) is definitely not for all tastes, but it is most definitely for some. The sort who can sympathize with (though perhaps not wholly endorse) the suspicion that something is off, and possibly malignant, in everyday modern life, and that there really are signs and portents visible to the soul brave enough to step outside the machine. (Most prophets are probably madmen, but does that mean they’re entirely wrong?) Rami Malek employs his bugged-out, thousand-yard stare to excellent effect, and his oddity seems strangely justified by Smith’s presentation of his ostensibly quotidian environs. Happily, the weirdness is not for its own sake, and the story, while scrambled, is anything but incoherent. (2016) — Matthew Lickona
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