Co-writer/director Alexander Payne has crafted a masterpiece in "Nebraska." Bruce Dern, who won Best Actor at this year's Cannes Film Festival, plays Woody Grant, an elderly curmudgeon who's convinced, via a letter, that he's won a million dollar magazine sweepstakes prize. Determined to claim it, Woody, with his resigned but reluctant son David in tow, heads from Billings, Montana, to Lincoln, Nebraska.
The 22nd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival kicks off Thursday, November 14th and continues through Sunday, November 24th. With 330 films offered in 201 screenings and programs, there's a wealth of riches. Fiction and nonfiction, live action and animation, feature-length and short selections represent 54 countries. I single out only a few of my favorites.