Cincinnati World Cinema continues its eclectic programing this week with The Perfect Host, a nasty little thriller featuring a gleefully perverse performance from David Hyde Pierce, which screens 7 p.m. today and tomorrow at the Carnegie in Covington.
First-time feature writer/director Nick Tomnay's mind-fucking, tonally uneven movie opens with career criminal John Taylor (Clayne Crawford) seeking refuge after robbing a bank, eventually finding himself at the upscale doorstep of Warwick Wilson (Hyde Pierce). From there the Hitchcockian, refreshingly small-scale narrative takes numerous twists and turns — probably one too many. But Crawford and Hyde Pierce make for a game, compelling duo, one that almost carries us past The Perfect Host's more preposterous narrative contortions.
For tickets, which are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, call 859-957-1943. For more information on CWC, go to www.cincyworldcinema.org.