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
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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 Aug 24 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$17.6 4 $251.9 A-
2. $16.8 3 $145.6 C+
3.
If I Stay
Warner Bros.
$16.4 1 $16.4 C-
4. $11.0 2 $45.2 F
5. $9.0 1 $9.0 NA
6.
The Giver
Weinstein Co.
$6.7 2 $24.1 C-
7.
The Expendables 3
Lionsgate
$6.6 2 $27.5 B
8. $6.5 1 $6.5 C+
9.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Walt Disney Pictures
$5.6 3 $32.7 B
10.
Into the Storm
Warner Bros.
$3.8 3 $38.3 D+
* in millions