Matthew Lickona 5 p.m., Dec. 4
Ashley (Abbie Cornish) blames her recent termination from a big box store on her boss favoring Mexican women. And in Ashley's eyes, the reason she lost custody of her son to social services has nothing to do with her being an unstable, self-circumventing lush. Then the idea of transporting undocumented immigrants across the border as a means of supplementing income is accidentally planted in Ashley's head by her father (Will Paxton) after she hears what sounds like human beings banging around inside the back of his big rig. Initially motivated by greed — each passenger nets $500 — Ashley eventually forms an unlikely alliance with a 4-year old stowaway, separated from her mother, that she finds hiding in the back of her car. Borrowing a page from the Lifetime Channel, Ashley decides to be a savior, thus living her life vicariously (and predictably) through the little girl. The Australian Cornish flows in and out of a southern dialect (and Spanish) with the greatest of ease. She's a remarkable presence on screen, and as such, is the only reason to see this movie. 2012.
— Scott Marks