Matthew Lickona noon, July 29
What Maisie Knew
A fairy tale of divorce, one that imagines an blissful way out of the trauma brought on by Mom and Dad putting a bullet in the love that gave rise to your existence. Julianne Moore is a comically narcissistic aging rocker; Steve Coogan is her gotta-ramble mate, and Onata Aprile is their sweet and watchful daughter. She's also the best thing about the film, her doe eyes displaying just enough wisdom to keep her from moppet status. The story is not so much about Maisie as it is about parents' ability to shovel bullshit at their kids in the cause of feeling better about themselves, and their kids' ability to pay attention and recognize what it is they're smelling. With Alexander Skarsgard and Joanna Vanderham as the pretty blond things that Mom and Dad marry. Not much more than kids themselves, they at least understand the primacy of children. 2012.