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Pieces of April

Sold for 3.5 million dollars, <i>Pieces of April</i> was this year's financial success story at Sundance. Katie Holmes plays an estranged daughter, April, who invites the family together for Thanksgiving dinner as a sort of goodbye to her mother (Patricia Clarkson) dying of breast cancer. Despite the somber premise, there are plenty of lighthearted moments listening to the family members bicker on the car ride up and watching April's clumsy preparation of the turkey. Unfortunately, an abrupt ending gives the film an uneven pace, seemingly cutting off when there should still be twenty minutes left.

Stars: Three out of Five