Harrelson is having a very good year; he's also terrific in a very different comedic role in Zombieland. Foster, who impressed in Six Feet Under and 3:10 to Yuma, shows chops I had never seen before. Steve Buscemi and Samantha Morton also offer standout performances.
Micro-indie Oscilloscope, which plucked the movie off the fest circuit after Sundance, opens the movie limited on November 13. Last year, awards buzz for Michelle Williams in O-scope's Wendy and Lucy helped to propel the movie further than it might otherwise have gone. But Williams wound up with an Indie Spirit nomination. That may be the award ceremony that Monaghan, Foster and Harrelson also wind up attending.
The trailer for The Messenger is on the jump.