Family Weekend (2013)

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Family Weekend: Directed by Benjamin Epps. With Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Modine, Olesya Rulin, Joey King. When her family misses her jump roping competition, a 16-year-old girl and her siblings hold their parents hostage, hoping to correct their unsatisfying behavior.

“Iu0026#39;m totally baffled by the way Alex Coxu0026#39;s u0026#39;Walkeru0026#39; has been ignored, vilified, criticised, ridiculed and slandered over the years. Maybe itu0026#39;s political message cuts too close to the bone, or maybe the mainstream movie critics are even more conservative and short sighted than you think. Maltin gives it a BOMB rating, and even the usually perceptive Ebert totally dismisses it. Forget them! Watch u0026#39;Walkeru0026#39; and make your own mind up.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003enu0026#39;Walkeru0026#39; is certainly no masterpiece, it has many flaws and problems. It isnu0026#39;t subtle political satire (polemic?), itu0026#39;s often crude and ill advised. Some of the actors, especially Marlee Matlin and Gerrit Graham are under-used. However, it is FAR from a u0026quot;bombu0026quot;! Cox is a passionate man, and any failings here are due to that passion. The movie is a cry for help for Nicaragua and its people, and draws parallels between Americau0026#39;s involvement in the 19th century and the 1980s. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThis movie is clever, stupid, rough, accomplished, funny and tragic all at the same time. Ed Harris is marvellous in the title role, and many cult actors turn up in supporting roles. Cox is a Peckinpah devotee and some of that great directoru0026#39;s influence can be seen on screen. But Cox is no carbon copy heu0026#39;s a true original. u0026#39;Repo Manu0026#39; shows that, and anyone who enjoyed that or u0026#39;Sid And Nancyu0026#39; should take a look at this, one of the most unjustly ignored movies of the 80s.”

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