Idol Chatter

Idol Chatter


DVD Pick for Thanksgiving: ‘Pieces of April’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

piecesofaprilpic.jpgIn searching for a not wholly traditional Thanksgiving-themed movie for my DVD pick, an often overlooked indie movie from a few years ago quickly came to mind. “Pieces of April” , a film which features a pre-Tom Cruise Katie Holmes playing a frazzled young urbanite making her first Thanksgiving dinner for her estranged family. “Pieces of April” is not completely snarky in its portrayal of family dysfunction, nor does it lapse into sticky sweet sentiment too often. The story may be slight but it benefits from a nice ensemble cast that brings to life the joys and stresses of family at the holidays.


April has always been the “wild child” of her family and adulthood has not helped her shake that reputation among her family members. But with mom Joy ill with cancer and April in love with boyfriend she is not sure the family will approve of, it’s the perfect time to try to bury the proverbial hatchet– or maybe not. Pretty much everything that could go wrong does.
While Holmes does have some strong moments in the movie, audiences will find someone to relate to, if not April herself: the perfect sibling, the smart mouth sibling, maybe even the long suffering neighbor. Best of all, Patricia Clarkson steals the show as the acerbic mom who doesn’t let anything–even cancer -control her decisions or her tongue. She is not diminished by her disease or her family’s foibles. Her performance is the perfect Thanksgiving reminder that we should love our families in part because of their flaws and not in spite of them.
Katie Holmes at LocateTV.com



Previous Posts

Dolphin Tale 2 Star Bethany Hamilton Discusses Faith and DT2 in Exclusive Clip
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLGzdpSYoV8&list=UUPr4g5kEXmDhQIn2jNneh6Q[/youtube] Go behind the scenes of Alcon Entertainment/Warner Bros.’ Dolphin Tale 2, with professional Christian athlete and “Soul Surfer” inspiration Bethany Hamilton, in this exclusive clip. In it, she t

posted 9:37:57am Aug. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Dolphin Tale 2 is a Reminder Never to Give Up
The famous dolphin that won the hearts of the disabled all over the globe returns to offer us insight and encouragement again in “Dolphin Tale 2.” Winter was rescued after she lost her tail in a crab trap. She survived because of a ground-breaking prosthetic tail. Since 2011, the Clearwater Mari

posted 9:36:04am Aug. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Reverend Samuel Rodriguez Endorses THE IDENTICAL
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JYdcjKRNoM [/youtube] National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference President and CEO, Reverend Samuel Rodriguez endorses the new television show, "IDENTITY", and upcoming film THE IDENTICAL.  "There are movies that are entertaining and then there are

posted 5:58:24pm Aug. 18, 2014 | read full post »

Ballmer is Officially Named the New LA Clippers Owner
The Los Angeles Clippers have a new owner - Steve Ballmer officially purchased the Clippers. Following the entry of an order by a California court, Shelly Sterling was granted the authority to sell the team. Ballmer, the former Microsoft CEO, bid $2 billion for the Clippers. "It's very, very ex

posted 4:04:38pm Aug. 18, 2014 | read full post »

San Antonio Spurs Hire NBA's First Female Assistant Coach
The NBA champion San Antonio Spurs added WNBA star Becky Hammon to their the team as an assistant coach for the 2014-2015 season. Hammon will be the first female assistant coach paid by an NBA team. “Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball IQ,

posted 3:40:28pm Aug. 13, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.