Where has Alexander Payne been? The Stanford graduate and critically adored director of “Election,” “About Schmidt” and “Sideways” used to churn out a movie every “two, 2½” years, a pace he plans to resume after today’s release of “The Descendants,” his poignantly funny adaptation of Kaui Hart Hemmings’ 2007 novel. Read More
“The Descendants,” Alexander Payne’s lost-in-paradise dramedy, depicts the bumpy awakening of a failed family man, which begins when his wife suffers a terrible boating accident and follows him as he stumbles, sputters and struggles to parent his troubled daughters.
The movie is not only an awards- season highlight, it’s a modest miracle. Read More