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The Skeleton Twins
Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, as a troubled sister and brother coping with a dark family legacy, are as powerful as Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo were as the woundedly bound siblings of You Can Count on Me. As the gay, depressed Milo, Hader is a revelation. He doesn’t dial back the shade-throwing bitchery, but he builds it around a core of feeling. And Wiig, as she did in Bridesmaids, draws us into a conspiratorial relationship with her character’s bad behavior. Directed and co-written by Craig Johnson, this is a tenderly sincere, beguiling, penetrating, and funny drama about the ways that ordinary messed-up people can wind up stumbling through their lives. There is, God forbid, a lip-syncing number (done to the 1987 Starship hit ”Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”), but damned if it isn’t thrilling: When Milo gets the reluctant Maggie to sync along with him, what you’re witnessing is the two of them bringing each other back to life. —Owen Gleiberman
Image Credit: Reed Morano
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