Lots of dark turns in 'Greta' available through rental outlets this week

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Isabelle Huppert and Chloe Grace Moretz in “Greta.”

People aren’t who they seem to be in the suspense thriller film “Greta,” which was released to rental outlets this week.

According to the production company, the film follows Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz, “True Detective” and “Se7en”) a sweet, naïve young woman trying to make it on her own in New York City, who doesn’t think twice about returning the handbag she finds on the subway to its rightful owner.

That owner is Greta (Isabelle Huppert, “Elle” and “Things to Come”), an eccentric French piano teacher with a love for classical music and an aching loneliness.

Having recently lost her mother, Frances quickly grows closer to widowed Greta. The two become fast friends — but Greta’s maternal charms begin to dissolve and grow increasingly disturbing as Frances discovers that nothing in Greta’s life is what it seems.

The film scored a 59 percent from critics on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomato Meter and a 41 percent from audiences.

Matthew Norman, top critic with the “London Evening Standard,” said, “the pace seldom lags, the cinematography is luscious, and a dream sequence has a clever twist.”

On the other side, Top Critic Richard Brody with “The New Yorker,” said, “it leaves the impression of a cinematic elevator pitch in which some wonderful actors are cast in the role of stick figures and given hardly a chance to humanize them.”

Directed by Neil Jordan, the film is rated R for some violence and disturbing images.

n “Drunk Parents,” directed by Fred Wolf II and starring Alec Baldwin, Salma Hayek, Jif Gaffigan and Ben Platt. The Teagartens are the staunchly lower upper-class family with their shiny black Range Rover and tasteful Tudor style home. They’re anxiously dropping off their daughter at her first day of college, and the two parents couldn’t be prouder. However, a visit by the repo man shortly after leaves them scrambling to make ends meet & their wealth, it seems, is less secure than we thought! Committed to getting their daughter through college, they hold a house-wide yard-sale coupled by a night of heavy drinking and wake up to some very regrettable decisions.

The film is rated R for language throughout and crude sexual references.

n “A Vigilante,” directed by Sarah Daggar-Nickson and starring Olivia Wilde, Morgan Spector, Kyle Catlett and C.J. Wilson. A once abused woman, Sadie, devotes herself to ridding victims of their domestic abusers while hunting down the husband she must kill to truly be free. A Vigilante is a thriller inspired by the strength and bravery of real domestic abuse survivors and the incredible obstacles to safety they face.

This film is rated R for violence and language.

The synopsis for each film is taken from rottentomatoes.com.

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