The Madeleine Brand Show for November 23, 2011

Mark Jordan Legan reviews movies that go great with turkey

Hughes Entertainment

Film historian Mark Jordan Legan brings us some tasty flicks to indulge in over the Thanksgiving weekend.

"The Daytrippers" is a family comedy-drama written and directed by Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland, Paul). Hope Davis plays a woman who discovers a letter that she believes implicates her husband, played by Stanley Tucci, in an affair. She packs up the family car to confront him in New York City.

"Planes, Trains and Automobiles" is a classic buddy comedy written, produced and directed by John Hughes. Odd couple Neal Page (Steve Martin) and Del Griffith (John Candy) pair up while trying to get home for the Thanksgiving holiday. Neal is an advertising executive from Chicago who's returning from a New York business trip. After Neal meets Del his travel plans are continually interrupted by hilarious accidents.

"Avalon" is a 1990 film directed by Barry Levinson about a Jewish family of immigrants from Poland settling in Baltimore after the turn of the century. The film was nominated for four Oscars.

"Pieces of April" is a comedy-drama written and directed by Peter Hedges (What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, About a Boy). April Burns (Katie Holmes) invites her dysfunctional family to her small New York City apartment for Thanksgiving. April and her mother, played by Patricia Clarkson, don't get along, but the family attempts one last meal together because she has breast cancer. When April discovers that her oven is broken, she has to reach out to her fellow tenants to make sure Thanksgiving happens.


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