For Ellen Joby (Paul Dano), an indie-rock musician, is getting divorced — and that's when he decides he wants to know his estranged 6-year-old daughter (Shaylena Mandigo).… For Ellen Joby (Paul Dano), an indie-rock musician, is getting divorced — and that's when he decides he wants to know his estranged 6-year-old daughter (Shaylena Mandigo).… 2012-09-05 PT93M Drama Paul Dano Jena Malone
Movie Review

For Ellen (2012)

FOR ELLEN Paul Dano
Image credit: Carolyn Drake
FOR ELLEN Paul Dano
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Limited Release: Sep 05, 2012; Length: 93 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Paul Dano and Jena Malone

Joby (Paul Dano), an indie-rock musician, is getting divorced — and that's when he decides he wants to know his estranged 6-year-old daughter (Shaylena Mandigo). Set in a wintry suburban wasteland, the movie is full of choppy visuals and punishing silences, a vaguely Euro style that says: ''Life's a bummer.'' Dano does a more insolent version of his woe-is-me moroseness, but the drama is so minimalist that it's hard to glimpse the man behind the woe. (Available on VOD Sept. 19) C+

Originally posted Sep 05, 2012 Published in issue #1224-1225 Sep 21, 2012 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Sep 21 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1. $32.5 1 $32.5 B-
2. $13.1 1 $13.1 B
3. $11.9 1 $11.9 C
4.
No Good Deed
Screen Gems
$10.2 2 $40.1 C
5.
Dolphin Tale 2
Warner Bros.
$9.0 2 $27.1 C+
6.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$5.2 8 $313.7 A-
7. $2.7 6 $77.2 F
8. $2.6 7 $185.0 C+
9.
The Drop
Fox Searchlight
$2.0 2 $7.7 B
10.
If I Stay
Warner Bros.
$1.8 5 $47.7 C-
* in millions

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