24 May 2014 11:36 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Just in time for a national holiday is the release of two films about surviving as “the outsider” in a tumultuous American society. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” isn’t the only movie that opines about how the outsider will survive in America.

James Gray’s “The Immigrant” does, too. It’s a film that takes the story of a Polish woman traveling through the course of Ellis Island and deconstructs her tale as an American nightmare.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

While both films are set in different past periods, they speak to alternative contemporary struggles within America, especially as its citizens and hopeful citizens struggle for their own opportunities in the land of the free.

The title character is played with excellence by Marion Cotillard, a woman who travels to Ellis Island with her sister Magda (Angela Sarafyan) from Poland after witnessing the murder of their parents. When her sister is »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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