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For Ellen (2012) 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
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For Ellen (2012)

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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 Apr 20 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1. $26.6 3 $201.5 B+
2.
Rio 2
Fox
$22.5 2 $75.4 C+
3. $21.5 1 $28.5 C
4.
Transcendence
Warner Bros.
$11.2 1 $11.2 C
5.
A Haunted House 2
Open Road
$9.1 1 $9.1 D
6.
Draft Day
Lionsgate/Summit
$5.9 2 $19.5 B
7.
Divergent
Lionsgate/Summit
$5.7 5 $133.9 B+
8.
Oculus
Relativity
$5.2 2 $21.2 C
9.
Noah
Paramount
$5.0 4 $93.3 C+
10.
God's Not Dead
Freestyle
$4.8 5 $48.3 NA
* in millions