A young married couple living in the suburbs during the 1950s struggle to accept their ordinary life: He commutes to his humdrum job every day; she stays home to raise their two kids. Based on the novel by Richard Yates, this is not the sort of movie you rent after a long, hard day at the office—or a long, hard fight with your husband. But performances by Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, and direction by Sam Mendes (American Beauty), make the film worth watching. Just have your Xanax ready.
He’s Just Not That Into You
Weaving the stories of nine lovesick characters (including an engagement-ready girlfriend played by Jennifer Aniston), this weekend-perfect RomCom illuminates the somewhat dumb-dumb, but nonetheless funny lessons of the eponymous bestseller by Liz Tuccillo and Greg Behrendt.
Of all the Holocaust-themed movies that came out in ‘08, this was one of the most cinematically satisfying. It tells the true, little-known story of the Polish Bielski brothers and the more than 1,000 Jews they helped hide in the forest. Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell star in this moving, only occasionally sentimentalized, tale of conflict and survival.
Weeds, Season 4
Didn’t see the scene where Mary-Louise Parker bathes nude (the one she told MORE she regrets filming)? Now’s your chance to catch up on all the episodes you forgot to DVR. Season 5 kicks off June 8.
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