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John Goodman, I was counting on you. “10 Cloverfield Lane” (2016) had all the makings of an incredibly stupid horror flick, but I trusted you. I mean, you wouldn’t waste your time making one of those movies, would you? It turns out that the main characters need to trust him, too. Or maybe they’re being held captive against their will by a conspiracy nut who comes off like a 55-year-old Zach Galifianakis without his meds. So, do you trust him? For those of you who remember “The Twilight Zone” (the TV show, not the film), this would fit right in.

Cameron Crowe movies are a little complex, but if you are willing to put in the work, they are usually worth the effort. “Aloha” (2015) is the latest example. You’ve basically got a love triangle romantic comedy with Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone. Everybody could have phoned it in and filmgoers wouldn’t have minded. Instead, Crowe weaves a rich story full of interesting supporting characters, and the music is (as usual) spot on. Stone is delightfully committed to the role of a frighteningly committed fighter pilot. Bonus: The climax includes a Gamecock football highlight with Mike Hold (not pictured).

I feel sorry for the 16-year-old girls who chose to see “The Words” that weekend back in 2012 when “House at the End of the Street” was sold out. (“Let’s just see that thing with Bradley Cooper. OMG! He’s so gorgeous!”) Figuring out this film is a lot harder than any of the politically correct cryptofiction they’re force fed in their high school American lit classes. Hard, but good. It’s a story about a storyteller telling a story about a story. At the end, the movie gives you the finger and sends you off to figure it out for yourself.