- Review: We Are Your Friends
- Taco Joint's Ukulele Policy Trades Tacos For Songs
- Austin Remembers Stevie Ray Vaughan: 25 Years Later
- Cirque Du Soleil BIg Top Returns To Austin
- Bettie's Box Office: No Escape Review
- Josh Duggar In Rehab After Admitting To Pornography Habit
- SE Austin Music Venue Pushing For Later Hours Despite Opposition From Neighbor
- Review: American Ultra
- Police search of home of Gene Simmons, but he's not suspect
- Investigators To Recommend Jenner Face Manslaughter
- Reality star Josh Duggar admits to cheating on his wife
- State Fair of Texas announces food competition finalists
- Cedar Park Named Best City In US For New Restaurants
- Bettie's Box Office: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Review
- Review: Straight Outta Compton
- Nutty Brown Cafe To Move To Round Rock
- NBC Officially Fires Trump From 'Celebrity Apprentice'
- More than 170 Elvis artifacts to be auctioned at Graceland
- One year ago today: Robin Williams dies at 63
- Korean TV spot reveals new 'Star Wars' footage
- Fun Fun Fun Fest Wins Fight To Get More Space At Auditorium Shores
- Bettie's Box Office: Fantastic Four Review
- Don't pick a fight with Spider-Man
- Review: The Gift
- Rapper 50 Cent seeking to lease Connecticut mansion
- Whataburger doubles down in Drake-Meek Mill Twitter beef
- Bettie's Box Office: Shaun the Sheep Movie Review
- Bettie's Box Office: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation Review
- City of Austin Gets C- in Music City Report Card
- Bettie's Box Office: Vacation Review
- Review: Southpaw
- Bettie's Box Office: Pixels Review
- Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert divorce after 4 years
- Bettie's Box Office: Trainwreck Review
- Review: Self/less
- Bettie's Box Office: Amy Review
- Bettie's Box Office: Terminator Genisys Review
- Apple changes tune on music royalties after Swift complains
- Review: Inside Out
- Bettie's Box Office: Inside Out Review
- Review: Jurassic World
- Prolific British actor Christopher Lee dies at age 93
- Brian Wilson with Rodriguez in Austin
- Unreleased copy of '50 Shades' sequel novel stolen
- Benefit Concert This Weekend For Central Texas Flood Victims
- Review: Entourage
- Review: Spy
- Review: Love & Mercy
- Jon Batiste Named Bandleader Of CBS' New Colbert 'Late Show'
- Bettie's Box Office: Tomorrowland Review
Bettie's Box Office:Nebraska Movie Review
Updated: Wednesday, November 27 2013, 06:07 PM CST
Where do you go when your life's going nowhere? How about Lincoln, Nebraska? A bitter, senile alcoholic (Bruce Dern) and his long-suffering son (Will Forte) hit the road in Nebraska, an indie art house film in theaters now.
Woody Grant (Dern) is convinced that he's won a magazine publisher's sweepstakes and nothing I mean nothing is going to stop him from claiming it in person. His estranged son, Dave, (Forte) reluctantly decides to drive him if, for no other reason, than to temporarily escape his own depressing existence. Don't let the casting fool you; this is not a raucous, funny road-trip movie. It's a bleak film about bleak people with bleak lives. It's even shot in black-and-white, just to add one more layer of bleak.
When the pair stops in Woody's home town and the locals also believe he may be rich, they end up showing their true colors. There are a few chuckles and light moments here and there, but for the most part, the movie is about regret: regret about what happened in life and regret about what could have happened. The messages I took away were that we all need some reason any reason to keep on living, and lives that are seemingly worthless still have some dimension.
If you enjoy movies because of the craftsmanship, then you'll appreciate how Dern is still able to completely disappear into a character and you'll be surprised that Forte can effectively pull off a non-comedic role. June Squibb also steals some scenes as Dave's resentful mother.
Art house film fans should put this on their matinee list to see Phedon Papamichael's monochromatic cinematography on a big screen. Nebraska is rated R for some language.
To watch a trailer for the movie, go to http://youtu.be/ZuIBvmxIN4w.