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Weekend Openings: 11/15/2013

nebraska-pictures-5Alexander Payne’s follow-up to 2011’s Oscar-winning The Descendents, Nebraska hits the big screen this weekend, finally giving mass audiences the chance to see what all the buzz is about.  There’s certainly been a great deal of Oscar talk early on for Bruce Dern in his leading performance and he still  stands as the front-runner in most circles.  Charlie Countryman and Best Man Holiday are other smaller additions at the box office this week.

 

Nebraska

Language: English
Rating: Adventure/Drama
Genre: R
Director: Alexander Payne
Starring: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb

An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.

Oscar Potential: The acclaim for Bruce Dern as a sure-fire Best Actor nominee (and probable winner) has been well-noted up to this point.  Payne stands a chance for Best Director, as does his film for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. (Read Clayton’s rave review.)

What do you think?

Written by Nicole Melkonian

The first rule of film criticism is: you most definitely DO talk about film. An unassuming gladiator in the arena, this Space Monkey asks the important questions: Are you not entertained? Who's Zed? Are you an achiever? Initially well-versed in English literature, Nicole picked up movie quotes as a second tongue to marry together her deep-rooted appreciation for language and film. When not tallying Brad Pitt's countless and marvelously resonant instances of on-screen eating, your very own Remy is experimenting with exciting new recipes from Gusteau's cookbook. And when I have some more spare time? What am I doing? I'm quietly judging film. A disagreement, you say? Well, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

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