Family. Regret. Dignity. Love. Understanding. These are just a few of the themes covered in the amazing Nebraska. Alexander Payne does a masterful job telling the story of a man determined to cash in what he thinks is a million dollar sweepstakes ticket. Bruce Dern is both simple and complex in his performance and Will Forte is fantastic as his son. Payne brings these and other characters to life, gets you to think you know them, then brings them into focus through a series of moments that make you realize you don’t know as much as you think you do. This is a grown up movie that requires full attention to catch important story details…put down the smart phone to fully appreciate it. The screenplay is a subtle yet powerful one that underplays some of the movies most important moments…and that makes those moments more powerful. Out of all the movies I saw from last year, this one was my favorite. — Stormy Curry

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