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Citizen RuthCitizen Ruth (1996) Recommended
Dir. Alexander Payne
Feat. Laura Dern, Swoosie Kurtz
When chronic solvent–abuser Laura Dern becomes pregnant, then gets arrested again, she strays into the idealogical thicket of the abortion…
ElectionElection (1999) Aro Favourite
Dir. Alexander Payne
Feat. Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon
Mid–life crisis intersects with teenage foibles in this cheerily cynical high–school tale for adults, as crumpled teacher Matthew…
About SchmidtAbout Schmidt (2002) Recommended
Dir. Alexander Payne
Feat. Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney
Age becomes Jack Nicholson in a beautifully modulated comedy of late life lament that doubles as an affectionate satire of middle…
SidewaysSideways (2004) Aro Favourite
Dir. Alexander Payne
Feat. Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen
Reserve quality odd–couple comedy–drama from the consistent talent behind ELECTION and ABOUT SCHMIDT, about two middle–aged friends…
Paris, Je T'aimeParis, Je T'aime (Paris, I Love You) (2006) Recommended
Dir. Olivier Assayas, Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet
Feat. Fanny Ardant, Juliette Binoche, Steve Buscemi
A prestige line–up of actors and filmmakers converge in this grand anthology of love letters to the city of romance. With each vignette…
Descendants, TheDescendants, The (2011) Recommended
Dir. Alexander Payne
Feat. George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller
George Clooney plays a land heir attempting to reconnect with his family after a serious accident befalls his wife in this seriocomic mid–life…
NebraskaNebraska (2013) Aro Favourite
Dir. Alexander Payne
Feat. Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb
Alexander Payne's latest road movie finds an aging Bruce Dern making the trip to central Nebraska with his estranged son to collect on an elusive…
DownsizingDownsizing (2017)
Dir. Alexander Payne
Feat. Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau
Dir. Alexander Payne (NEBRASKA, SIDEWAYS) pulls another one from outside the box with a satiric fantasy in which a man joins the ranks of a…
Holdovers, TheHoldovers, The (2023) Aro Favourite
Dir. Alexander Payne
Feat. Paul Giamatti, Dominic Sessa
A jaded teacher is forced to remain on campus during the snowy Christmas break to babysit a handful of students with nowhere else to go. He soon…

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