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  • Rarely has a contemporary movie taken in so much life and revealed it with such depth of feeling. show more

  • After a five-year wait since "Sideways," Alexander Payne has made his best film yet with The Descendants. Ostensibly a study of loss and coping with a tragic situation, this wonderfully nuanced look at a father and two daughters dealing with the imminent death of his wife and their mother turns the miraculous trick of possibly being even funnier than it is moving. show more

  • Clooney has never been better, subtler, more deeply rooted in a performance than he is in The Descendants. And he's funny, too. show more

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