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All Square Reviews

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April 6, 2019
'All Square' has a 'Bad News Bears' vibe, without the focus on a team and instead on one player. For a while, you get the feeling we could be chartering some new waters, but that uniqueness wanes for some of the usual tropes.

Michael Kelly plays a bookie and by the feel of things the film, written by first-timer Timothy Brady, knows the subject. The writer also knows baseball, but that's where the movie ceases to have any real feel and morphs into a parody. The problem is it isn't funny, despite attempting to be a comedy. Another issue is Kelly plays a role too familiar. He even gets to talk about politics a bit. I felt like I was watching Doug Stamper (House of Cards).

It's not unentertaining, but it's just empty calorie filler that doesn't really do anything but sit there. It will long be forgotten in a few weeks. Final Score:6.4/10
February 21, 2019
A great young talent in this one to keep your eye out for. Overall fun film.
February 13, 2019
Loved this film when I caught it at the Sunscreen film festival. Jesse Ray Sheps is a force in this film, and a young talented actor to keep your eye on.
December 3, 2018
Great cast, pity they didn't have a better script. Implausible, main character acts like a kid, befriends a 12yr old that acts like a sage. All the resources there to create a great movie. The cinematography, acting, direction, repeat wonderful cast, but alas,, not on the page.
December 1, 2018
All Square suffers from the fact that its subject never gets funny, emotional or really captivating enough to really enjoy, making it a bit empty of both the inside and outside.
November 15, 2018
Loved this movie. Clever, engaging, funny, warm, really not the usual but 100% entertaining. Great cast. Michael Kelly is instantly endearing, even though a sad sack. The relationship between his character and the kid is fantastic and believable. Loved this movie!
October 30, 2018
This movie had me laughing pretty all the way through. The concept is great and it is well executed.
October 21, 2018
The WORST MOVIE!! Not a comedy!
Don't WASTE YOUR TIME!!
October 21, 2018
Thoroughly enjoyable movie. Well worth watching!
October 19, 2018
Michael Kelly was fantastic in this role. I was interested and engaged the entire movie. I don't know who the distributor is for this film, but they blew it not marketing this better and getting a wider release. People who watch this are going to like it.
October 15, 2018
great character actor that finally gets a leading role!? Have watched using boxxy software already few times
October 15, 2018
Kelly absolutely shines with his performance in this brilliantly written film allowing him to showcase his insane acting versatility! The cast for this film was so perfectly constructed! This is one that you cannot miss!
October 14, 2018
Great storyline. Terrific acting. If you've ever been a little league parent, soccer Mom, lacrosse Dad, etc., you'll especially get a kick out of this unassuming, documentary style film. You'll laugh, get misty and feel all the feels thanks to the amazing on screen relationship between actors Michael Kelly and Jesse Ray Sheps.
October 14, 2018
Being a huge Michael Kelly fan, I couldn't wait for this movie, All Square, to come out. He adeptly plays the role of John "Zibs" Zbikowski, a morally challenged man who does what he feels he needs to do to get by as he journeys through the residuals of his hard-knock life.

Zibs, a bookie, down and out, finds an opportunity to take bets on little league baseball games in a small-town community. Having attended more than a few children's sports games in my time, the action and ambition of the parents at these baseball games was funny and spot on.

This story subtly shows us that life is full of challenges, and the road we travel on is always full of choices, and not always easy ones to make. Sometimes we make the best decision-other times we don't. No matter what, we live with the repercussions of those choices.

My favorite part of the film was the relationship established between Zibs and his ex-girlfriend's twelve-year-old, wanna-be baseball pitcher son named Brian, who was flawlessly played by Jesse Ray Sheps. These two actors have a great on-screen chemistry. Zibs, in spite of his mis-deeds, is likable and an inherently good-hearted man.

Another aspect of the movie that shows how the decisions we make impact our lives is skillfully shown in the relationship between Zibs and his father, Bob, (played by Harris Yulin).

This movie, reminds us that we are our choices, and we are often given the opportunity to re-direct our lives based on those choices we make. The impact of what we decide to do may be life altering or simply a small step forward toward a different life path.

The message of this terrific film is delivered through an engrossing story that is demonstrated through humor, in a delicately complex and understated way.

Thrillers and high-action films are great, but I wish they'd make more unique movies like All Square. I highly recommend it.
October 13, 2018
Fabulous movie! Great acting! The young boy was incredible as was MIchael Kelly!!!
October 13, 2018
A poignant, yet comedic, film that deals with a myriad of real life issues and an unlikely, friendly relationship between a man and his ex-girlfriend's son. There is a fantastic synergy between lead characters Zibs (Michael Kelly) and Brian Houston (Jesse Rae Sheps). Both are very believable in their roles and expertly deal with their character's individual and combined struggles. Sheps does a fantastic job as a boy who obviously has a tough life and tries to find some solace through the game of baseball and his unlikely friendship with Zibs. Sheps' perfect facial expressions, depressed tone and melancholy demeanor are perfect and draw the viewer into his character and doesn't let go. I have a strong feeling we haven't seen the last of Jesse Rae Sheps! He is a natural, up and coming talent who should not be missed!
October 13, 2018
A poignant, yet comedic, film that deals with a myriad of real life issues and an unlikely, friendly relationship between a man and his ex-girlfriend's son. There is a fantastic synergy between lead characters Zibs (Michael Kelly) and Brian Houston (Jesse Rae Sheps). Both are very believable in their roles and expertly deal with their character's individual and combined struggles. Sheps does a fantastic job as a boy who obviously has a tough life and tries to find some solace through the game of baseball and his unlikely friendship with Zibs. Sheps' perfect facial expressions, depressed tone and melancholy demeanor are perfect and draw the viewer into his character and doesn't let go. I have a strong feeling we haven't seen the last of Jesse Rae Sheps! He is a natural, up and coming talent who should not be missed!
October 12, 2018
I caught this film that came out tonight and didn't know what to expect about a movie talking about gambling on little league games. I walked out astonished at the great cast of amazing actors and the film was so well written- the humor, the depth of character and I loved the film took chances not forcing a cliche Hollywood ending. I see why All Square won all the film festivals. Michael Kelly was great as always and the boy he befriends in the film -newcomer actor Jesse Ray Sheps- was just fantastic. Their relationship was the best part of the movie. Kelly showed he is a big screen lead actor and Sheps showed he is the one to watch in young Hollywood. Pam Adlon was super sharp too. Great film!
October 12, 2018
Jesse Shepp was awsome ... great movie loved it!!! Look forward to see ronjessenif the future ... definitely a star!!
October 12, 2018
Most original screenplay I've seen in a long time! Great cast...... I'm going to watch it again!!
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