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Snow Angels

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That’s also Michael Angarano in Snow Angels, playing a bright-eyed teen among small-town people making small-town mistakes. That’s Halifax playing the town. That’s my high school library and auditorium. And if you play it in slo-mo around minute 40, that’s me. Writer and director David Gordon Green has a sense for which haunts of this city are cinematic. Landing Kate Beckinsale her best performance as a mother and Chinese-restaurant worker on the verge of collapse, Snow Angels’ look at god and violence in the face of despair excels on the observational quality of Green’s hushed tones. Yet after delivering the decade’s most vivid American indie debut with George Washington, Green’s now opting for a less personal indie formula. This entry in the American Beauty/Ice Storm mould is well crafted but shallow tragedy---the fashionable depression of examining small-town people like us.

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