Happy New Year

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Released 2012

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Director:
K. Lorrel Manning
Released:
2012
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HAPPY NEW YEAR is the story of "Sgt. Cole Lewis" who, mentally and physically scarred by his time served in Iraq and Afghanistan, finds humanity, compassion and friendship in a group of similarly injured veterans in the psychiatric ward at a remote Veterans Hospital. The group, ranging from guys left behind from WWII and Vietnam, to those recently injured in the Middle East, slowly become Lewis' new family. Along with them, he will attempt to redefine his sense of self, and find a new place in the world. Through humor and pathos, Lewis becomes a ray of hope in the ward, as the men find a way to combat their post-war grief. However, just as their luck starts to change, Lewis soon faces his fiercest battle yet.

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  • 75

    Indiewire Eric Kohn

    Happy New Year provides a rare glimpse into the darker ramifications of war that rarely take center stage in the national dialogue. This struggle has nothing to do with political m...

  • 50

    The New York Times

    A dully directed movie that sends a message but lacks oomph.

  • 50

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    Sincere performances and well-intentioned scripting should help it with vets eager to see their stories told on-screen, but the film's dreary, secondhand feel is hard to overcome.

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