All the Light in the Sky

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  • Summary: An actress living in Malibu (Jane Adams) faces the harsh realities of the industry as her age exempts her from more and more acting opportunities. Amidst this career and life crisis, the actress’s niece (Sophia Takal) arrives for a weekend stay and ushers in a complicated prism of emotionalAn actress living in Malibu (Jane Adams) faces the harsh realities of the industry as her age exempts her from more and more acting opportunities. Amidst this career and life crisis, the actress’s niece (Sophia Takal) arrives for a weekend stay and ushers in a complicated prism of emotional insecurities. Can the actress confront her fears, navigate complicated relationships, and figure out how to navigate mid-life in Hollywood? Expand

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  1. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Dec 17, 2013
    80
    [Swanberg's] latest work, All the Light in the Sky, displays a striking new willingness to meet his audience halfway, buttressing his signature style with clever pacing, solid technique and a deeply soulful lead performance from co-scripter Jane Adams.
  2. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Dec 18, 2013
    75
    Large-scale anxieties about the future of the environment mingle with the characters’ small-scale anxieties about the present. The effect of this interplay will probably vary from viewer to viewer. As with Swanberg’s production methods, a lot depends on what you bring to the movie.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Dec 20, 2013
    75
    A minor effort in a filmography largely composed of them, All the Light in the Sky is nonetheless satisfying on the terms it establishes early on.
  4. Reviewed by: Joel Arnold
    Dec 20, 2013
    65
    Where the film excels is in capturing the quiet revelations in Marie's life over the few days it chronicles — revelations that represent the aftermath of choices made years before, when expectations were higher.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Dec 20, 2013
    60
    Marie is middle-aged and at a crossroads in All the Light in the Sky, a movie that feels the same way — listless and searching and on its way toward something good.
  6. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Dec 17, 2013
    60
    All The Light In The Sky is a refreshingly grown-up exploration of a woman at a personal and professional crossroads that’s stronger for never pushing its narrative or its finely wrought lead character in the direction of big moments or bullshit epiphanies. It’s casual, but also quietly moving.
  7. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Dec 17, 2013
    40
    [A] tediously naturalistic and fairly pointless no-budget indie about the compromises of middle-aged femininity.

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