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It May be the Last Call at Murray’s, But Hollywood is Opening its door

Winner of best ensemble cast feature film, at Laughlin International Film Festival 2016 and Idylwild 2017, and best actor, best feature film, best director, production and cast “Last Call at Murray’s” is capturing hearts in this action, adventure comedy.

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Releasing on digital and on demand on April 18th, it’s easy to see why this movie comes with so many accolades.

Directed by Linda Palmer and written by Brian Beatty and Betsy Morris

The talented cast led by Michael Gross, John Savage, Eileen Grubba and Paula Jai Parker grows throughout the film, yet it seems to make the intimacy and closeness of the story more intense.

Gross of “Family Ties” “ In the Line of Duty” and “Tremors” plays Murray, a veteran bar owner in a quaint watering hole complete with karaoke. It’s where old meets new on so many levels.

Bureaucracy and lack of punters are forcing Murray to throw in the towel as his claims the anti- smoking laws have taken all the fun out of owning a bar. He fears what other new rules and regulations will bare down on his popular bar. Then there are the locals! some not so local as a freak snowstorm blows new and entertaining passersby into the bar on its last night.

Gross gives a superb performance as he plays the laid-back owner who has a small but loyal following, he knows it will be missed as part of the community. As the weather breaks, new loves and new lives are born- literally. A strong cast holds together this multifaceted feature that hooks you from the start.

John Savage known for his role in "The Godfather: Part III," is funny as he portrays Bennett and Paula Jai Parker picked up a nomination for Best Actress at the Smoky Mountain Film Festival after her performance as Danice. Parker holds her façade well, the professional lawyer with her a painful secret.

“Sons of Anarchy” actress Eileen Grubba plays the female lead as cocktail waitress Roxanne. She copes with the struggles of being a mom and wife to an alcoholic husband and wonders what life has in store after Murray’s.

This movie checks off so many emotions. Light humor, love, self-awareness, defeat and success. “Last Call at Murray's” encompasses small town America and the lives of those who are in it daily and those who are just passing through. The misfit characters that seek refuge during the storm are relatable journeying through the mid-life crisis with the perfect balance of tragedy and comedy.

What about the music?

The abundance of talent is apparent with the winner of the Best Soundtrack at Laughlin International Film Festival; it seems this cast is not limited to just acting. It’s karaoke time! All of the songs sung by the actors in the movie are their actual voices. The songs were pre-recorded in a studio in California. There were two original songs written for “Last Call at Murray’s” Paula Jai sings “ Without a Song” written by Kelly Zirbes and one of the producers of the film, Marvin Glover co-wrote and sings “No Last Call For Love.

A must see movie as it hits on April 18th. You can learn more about the movie on Facebook.

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