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‘Vanishing on 7th Street’

Reviewed by Amy R. Handler

(February 2011)

Directed by: Brad Anderson

Written by: Anthony Jaswinski

Starring: Hayden Christensen, John Leguizamo, Thandie Newton, Jacob Latimore and Taylor Groothuis

Brad Anderson’s “Vanishing on 7th Street” is a chilly little film that slowly creeps under your skin and scares you to death the very moment you begin to think. The director of such thrillers as “Session 9” and “The Machinist,” Anderson is no stranger to speculation — especially when it comes to the disturbed mind, our place in time and whether human beings really can create their own existence and the world(s) they inhabit. Not the post-apocalyptic saga most critics claim, “Vanishing” is an apocalypse-in-the-now, and what’s most frightening is its realism and total possibility.

The plot of “Vanishing” appears simple: A somewhat awkward projectionist sits in his booth at a movie theater and steals seconds between films to munch on an

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