Pieces of April
Patricia Clarkson garnered a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance in novelist and screenwriter Peter Hedges's directorial debut. The dysfunctional Burns family is heading into New York to have Thanksgiving dinner at the apartment of their punkish daughter April (Katie Holmes). Alas, April, who has hopes of an opportunity for a rare reconciliation with her difficult mother (Clarkson), has to contend with a broken stove, a daunting menu and an AWOL boyfriend. "Intelligent and touching" ("New York Times").