A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
First screened in November 2019 / Most recently screened in December 2019
Director: Marielle Heller. Cast: Matthew Rhys, Tom Hanks, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Cooper, Christine Lahti, Wendy Makkena, Tammy Blanchard, Noah Harpster, Maryann Plunkett, Enrico Colantoni, Carmen Cusack, Kelley Davis, Maddie Corman, Daniel Krell. Screenplay: Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster (inspired by the Esquire article "Can You Say...Hero?" by Tom Junod).

Twitter Capsule: It's the movie you think, AND it's Synecdoche, New York. Every piece simple, yet not. Stunning.

Second Capsule: This is the third time (in three tries!) Marielle Heller has not only made a great movie but a fresh, inspired take on very tricky material.

VOR:   Extraordinary distance between the generic, nostalgic biopic this might have been and the meta, formally daring, emotionally specific film it is.

Photo © 2019 Sony Pictures/TriStar Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A–

(in November 2019: A)

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Supporting Actor: Tom Hanks

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Supporting Actor: Tom Hanks

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