The period biopic about Leo Tolstoy's tumultuous last year, The Last Station, played like gangbusters at Sneak Previews last night. The marital drama starring Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer and James McAvoy scored a surprising five Independent Spirit nominations. Here's EW's rave. Tomatometer: 62%. Metascore: 71.
Bright Star, writer-director Jane Campion's tragic period romance about Fanny Brawne and poet John Keats (Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw) is back in LA at Laemmle's Royal for an Academy run. Subtle, precise, and gorgeously mounted, it's my favorite movie of the year. Tomatometer: 83%. Metascore: 81.
Everybody's Fine, the last gasp of Miramax Films, plays like a bad studio movie, despite an ensemble led by Robert DeNiro and Kate Beckinsale. An
original adaptation of the 1990 Giuseppe Tornatore film written and directed by Brit Kirk Jones, the family drama doesn't ring true, and star faces like Drew Barrymore don't help. Tomatometer: 45%. Metascore 40.
The LAT scopes out the post-holiday box office, where the Sandra Bullock hit The Blind Side is expected to be number one.