The Descendants

(R) ★★★★☆

Writer/director Alexander Payne’s (Sideways) return is one of this year’s best movies. In a deceptively tranquil Hawaiian setting, Matt King’s (George Clooney’s) reckless wife, Elizabeth, lies in a coma. A few weeks into the crisis, Matt learns what his older daughter (Shailene Woodley) already knows: Elizabeth had taken a lover. Matt and his daughters must confront this lover in some way or another. Stellar acting and Payne’s even-toned, sardonic handling of his characters make this work well.

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Lady Antebellum

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The Nashville trio defied country stereotypes with a rockin’ concert. The best moment happened midway through the show, when a piano was brought onstage and openers Randy Montana and Josh Kelley joined Lady Antebellum as they sang “American Honey,” transitioning into various songs before ending with the Doobie Brothers’ “Black Water.” Lady Antebellum even sang Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion”—not a bad dose of classic rock for a band whose oldest member is 30.

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