Matthew Lickona 2:45 p.m., Dec. 10
It makes a nice story, that Susanna Styron has transferred to the screen a short story by her father William, but it doesn't make such a nice movie — a groaningly stretched-out anecdote about a ninety-nine-year-old former slave who returns to the farm in Old Virginny to die. Careful Depression-period detail; but buttery, syrupy photography. With Harvey Keitel, Andie MacDowell, John Franklin Sawyer, and the voice of Martin Sheen as the nostalgic narrator. 1998.
— Duncan Shepherd
- Rated PG-13