Autism

Life, Animated

When recounting how his vivacious, chatty toddler suddenly changed, father Ron Suskind remembers, “All of a sudden, at 3 years old, Owen vanishes. The doctor says, ‘Let me explain what autism is…’” It is a parent’s worst nightmare, finding out that your child is disabled, and grappling with the knowledge that your kid may never …

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The Odd Way Home

As suggested by its title, The Odd Way Home is not your typical road movie. After fleeing an abusive boyfriend with a bloodied face, several bottles of pills, and a gun, Maya (Rumer Willis) runs into car trouble. She walks to the nearest house to use the phone, but instead stumbles upon an old woman, …

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Adam

Written and directed by Max Mayer, and minus all the high-concept, big-budget bells and whistles that fill screens this time of year, the film is just a simple love story, told well by some solid actors. Hugh Dancy stars as the titular character, a quiet electronics engineer who lives alone in a meticulously tidy New …

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Rain Man

Alas, where would the world be without Rain Man?  What would we call our friends when they rattled off some obscure fact or showed signs of obsessive rigidity?  What would the words, “def, definitely,” mean without him?  The movie has become so ingrained in pop culture that it’s easy to forget that the film itself …

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Snow Cake

Snow Cake must have had my name written all over it, because I circled it in the SIFF guide more than once over the course of the festival, and only missed out because I couldn’t find a movie buddy. The other day, my friend came up to me with the DVD, saying, “Oh my God, …

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Dear John

Two very pretty young people meet cute on a gorgeous beach in a charming beach town in the Carolinas. Savannah (Amanda Seyfried) has flaxen hair and huge eyes and occasionally belts out ABBA tunes… no, wait, scratch that… wrong movie. Anyways, Savannah is lovely and sweet and good, and John (Channing Tatum) is manly and …

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