Sunday, August 17, 2008

DVD of the week

Crime tale: Anyone thinking that Oscar nominee Ellen Page (Juno) can only play the young, acerbic, smarter than most adults role should check out the Showtime movie An American Crime (R). Directed by Tommy O'Haver, Crime tells the story of Indianapolis housewife Gertrude Baniszewski who holds teen Sylvia Likens prisoner, tortures her and eventually murders her. Page plays the beleaguered Likens and it's refreshing to see her in such a wildly different role.

The movie is based on court testimony during the 1966 trial and also stars Oscar nominee Catherine Keener and James Franco. The movie has some really uncomfortable scenes of abuse and torture and is a must-see for those itching to play 6 degrees with Ellen Page.



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