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Rated R · 114 minutes · 2013
Alexander Payne’s Nebraska gives us one of the year’s great performances. Bruce Dern plays Woody, a quiet-but-cantankerous drunk who believes he’s won a million dollars in a magazine sweepstakes. His wife (June Squibb, like Dern a likely Oscar nominee) sees through the scam, so Woody starts walking from Montana to Lincoln, Neb., to claim his prize. His son (Saturday Night Live alumnus Will Forte) soon steps in to drive him, and thus a road trip movie is born. Reaching Woody’s hometown along the way, there are old scores to settle, old skeletons take out of the closet for air, and old wounds to heal. Payne effortlessly reveals big laughs, poignancy and outright heartache from this simple story and he trusts his actors, who all deliver. Nebraska may not have the sizzle of award hopefuls like Gravity or 12 Years a Slave, but it’s every bit as accomplished and satisfying.
Official Site: www.nebraskamovie.com
Director: Alexander Payne
Producer: Albert Berga, Ron Yerxa, George Parra, Julie Thompson, Doug Mankoff and Neil Tabatznik
Cast: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk, Stacy Keach, Mary Louise Wilson, Rance Howard, Tim Driscoll, Devin Ratray, Angela McEwan, Elizabeth Moore, Kevin Kunkel, Dennis McCoig and Ronald Vosta

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The North Coast Journal Weekly Highlight Reel The best movies of 2013 by John J. Bennett 01/09/2014
NUVO Dern and Forte star in Nebraska Bruce Dern is on a mission to find a prize in Alexander Payne's Nebraska by Ed Johnson-Ott 11/27/2013
Connect Savannah Review: Nebraska Payne has allowed Bruce Dern to recapture the spotlight, and Dern responds with an excellent performance of the lived-in kind, free of artifice. by Matt Brunson 12/11/2013
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The Coast Halifax Nebraska The long walk to fortune by Tara Thorne 01/09/2014
Creative Loafing Charlotte Nebraska: '70s revival Rating: ***1/2 by Matt Brunson 12/06/2013
Chicago Reader Bruce Dern is a prize fool in Nebraska Alexander Payne's Nebraska trails father-and-son losers on the road to Lincoln. by J.R. Jones 11/20/2013
Charleston City Paper The quiet realness of Nebraska's characters steal the show In his films, Alexander Payne has shown a strong predilection for men somewhere north of their prime, still adrift and looking for grounding. by Tom Meek 12/18/2013
Style Weekly Senior Moments Movie Review: “Nebraska” finds humor in the decaying American Midwest and its denizens. by Nicholas Emme 12/31/2013
Boise Weekly Nebraska: A Road Well-Traveled Now playing at The Flicks by George Prentice 12/11/2013
Arkansas Times Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska' is worth your time Straight from the heartland. by Sam Eifling 12/05/2013
Portland Mercury Senior Moments Not everything's black and white in Nebraska. by Ned Lannamann 11/27/2013
Indy Week Nebraska is maddeningly dead-on Alexander Payne's Nebraska is a movie about earning an identity, your responsibility to liven up your own environment and the sublimity of small victories. by Nathan Gelgud 12/11/2013
Creative Loafing Tampa Nebraska is a state of mind Bruce Dern and Will Forte take an unsentimental but touching journey. by Anthony Salveggi 12/13/2013
The North Coast Journal Weekly Intelligence Delving into the hearts of men by John J. Bennett 01/16/2014
Memphis Flyer Nebraska by Greg Akers 12/19/2013
Colorado Springs Independent In typical Payne fashion, Nebraska takes a trek with deeper significance The film's at its best during silent moments traversing the hypnotic and vast landscape. by Glenn Heath Jr. 12/18/2013

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