OPENS: Friday 12/4
A widower (Robert De Niro) crisscrosses the country to reconnect with his emotionally distant children (Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell). It's a premise tailor-made for cliche-driven melo drama -- yet this holiday gem delivers, thanks to a series of subtle and poignant moments. And a special nod to De Niro, who dis appears into the role and forces the cast to raise their game.
-- MARA REINSTEIN