Fireflies in the Garden (2009)

Home is where the hurt is…

Romance novelist Michael Taylor (Ryan Reynolds) is on his way back to his Midwestern hometown for a family celebration, a prospect that fills him with abject dread. He has no wish to share the news that his marriage to Kelly (Carrie Ann Moss) is crumbling, and is concerned about having another run-in with his father Charles (Willem Dafoe), with whom he has never enjoyed an easy relationship. On Michael’s arrival, however, everything changes; an accident has taken the life of his mother (Julia Roberts) and the whole family is in mourning. As Michael attempts to cop with his grief, he reconnects with his favourite Aunt Jane (Emily Watson), who, being only a little older than him, was his childhood confidante, and struggles to break through a decades-old emotional barrier that keeps him distant from his father.

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Gran Torino (2008)

Clint is back to make your day…

He may be approaching 80, but Clint Eastwood remains at the forefront of modern cinema. Far from causing a generational gap, Eastwood’s age, and the vast film industry experience that it represents, ensures he remains a significant, interesting and powerful cinematic force. This is proved not just by the fact that his recent real-life drama Changeling has been nominated for three Academy Awards, but also because his new movie Gran Torino is yet another astonishing piece of film-making.

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