7. “Pieces of April” (2003)
Hosting Thanksgiving is hard work. Especially for April (Katie Holmes), a black sheep artist hosting her hypercritical family. I may be one of the lone defenders of the great Patricia Clarkson’s much maligned Best Supporting Actress nomination for this film. Though, I will concede she was better in “The Station Agent” that year. Still, there’s something more behind the biting comments that Joy doles out to the family members around her as she journeys towards April’s Thanksgiving feast-to-be. Her arc in the end, while slight, is affecting in a charming way. The movie is a lot like the protagonist April. It’s uneven, flighty and not always, if rarely ever successful. Yet, one always wants to root for it and there is just enough to believe that it will keep getting better.