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Alexander Payne

  • Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter (2014)

    Kikuchi, Treasure Hunter Review by Marty Mapes: A little long and convoluted, but it has a good heart and an absurdist wit

  • Nebraska (2013)

    Dern drives into Nebraska Review by Robert Denerstein: Dern's somber performance anchors Payne's latest foray into the Midwest

  • The Descendants (2011)

    Review by Marty Mapes: Clooney holds his tribe together

  • Cedar Rapids (2011)

    Heche and Helms are impressed by Cedar Rapids Review by Marty Mapes: Cardboard caricatures of midwesterners make for a few easy laughs

  • Sideways (2004)

    Giamatti inspects the wine front back and Sideways Review by Marty Mapes: Not quite perfect, but full bodied with lots of subtle overtones

  • About Schmidt (2002)

    Nicholson tells us all About Schmidt Review by Marty Mapes: Because of Payne's sacrifices to comedy, he doesn't deserve someone as good as Nicholson in the lead

  • Election (1999)

    Review by Marty Mapes