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11.03.2014 | 83 days ago | Posted at 08:39 AM
By David Luhrssen
2013 was Bruce Dern’s year, even though he’d been in movies—nearly a hundred of them—for over half a century. His starring role in Alexander Payne’s 2013 film Nebraska finally brought Dern the level of critical and popular respect he deserved, even though he has enjoyed a measure of both for a long time. The success of Nebraska warranted a paperback second editio...
Monday, Dec. 30, 2013

Looking Back on the Great and the Good

 I don’t call my picks of the year the “best,” but I do play favorites. To any critic compiling a “best-of” list, I demand: define “best.” Most can’t define anything at all, including their criteria for choosing the year’s top movies. I don’t pretend to know what’s best but I can measure the ability of films
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013

Bruce Dern finds his pot of gold as an old man on a mission

 Nebraska opens on a gray, wintry day, with dead grass poking through patches of snow, as an old man trudges on the shoulder of a highway. Each step is a hurdle for the old timer, until a police car pulls over and a friendly policeman escorts him to a hospital. Woody (Bruce Dern) may