Check out her award-caliber performance on iTunes and Video On Demand
We spend so much time in the blogosphere looking forward to things that we don't always notice, or at least sufficiently discuss, worthwhile work that is ready for viewing right away. For so many films, all conversation about them ceases the second they become available to audiences -- which is least kind, of course, to small specialty items that need sustained chatter to prod the viewers they deserve.
This is a roundabout way of expressing my regret that Liza Johnson's independent drama "Return" -- which I saw and greatly liked in Directors' Fortnight at Cannes last year, and had been looking forward to spotlighting closer to its release -- actually hit US screens last month, and amid the flurry of Oscar-related coverage, I somehow didn't notice.
Hey, better late than never. The film, a modest, intelligent entry in the growing American genre of post-Iraq war-at-home studies, may have largely vanished from theaters, but Focus Features has made it available on iTunes and On Demand, and you owe it to yourself to dig it out. More pointedly, you owe it to Linda Cardellini, who has quietly delivered the performance of her -- or many an undersung TV actor's -- career here.