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 Dec 14 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1. $24.5 1 $24.5 B
2. $13.2 4 $277.4 B-
3. $7.3 3 $58.8 C-
4.
Top Five
Paramount
$7.2 1 $7.2 A-
5.
Big Hero 6
Walt Disney Pictures
$6.1 6 $185.3 B+
6.
Interstellar
Paramount
$5.5 6 $166.8 B-
7.
Horrible Bosses 2
Warner Bros.
$4.6 3 $43.6 B-
8.
Dumb and Dumber To
Universal
$2.8 5 $82.1 C-
9. $2.5 6 $17.1 B+
10.
Wild
Fox
$1.5 2 $2.4 A-
* in millions

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