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After the commendable detour that was 2011′s The DescendantsNebraska finds Alexander Payne getting back to the bittersweet road movies he does best. It’s been almost a decade since Sideways, and it’s fascinating to see how he’s evolved as a director. Nebraska is certainly one of the director’s finest works to date, and that’s in large part because it feels like one of his most personal. Gone are the stylistic flourishes and nutty humorous interludes; instead, Nebraska expertly balances comedy and drama to tell a simple but incredibly potent story of fatherhood, life, death and time’s cruel passage. It’s sweet, sad and completely indelible.

Payne’s choice to shoot Nebraska in black-and-white can’t mask the film’s colorful cast of characters, nor its warm heart. Most impressive is Bruce Dern, finally in a role worthy of his considerable talents. Dern is all »

- Isaac Feldberg

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