Frank Langella (above) in perhaps the first screen role in which he manages to completely curtail his penchant for grand-standing. An actor with roots planted firmly in the legitimate theater, Langella, with his extra-long body, bedroom eyes and mellifluous voice, has always commanded the stage, from The Immoralist through Dracula and beyond. So while grand-standing may have come easily, it has always arrived. As the actor has grown older, we've seen less of it (on film, at least; I no longer attend legit theater), though it still popped up a bit in his relatively recent Starting Out in the Evening. There's usually always a whiff (or more) of self-satisfaction in his presentation.
James Marsden, above, right) has grown tired of the long trip back and forth to see him. Daughter Madison (Liv Tyler, below, right) spends her time traveling the world "doing good." So Hunter brings dad a very complicated but helpful robot (voiced immaculately by Peter Sarsgaard) to take care of him.
Jeremy Sisto as the town's sheriff, Jeremy Strong as the town's yuppie du jour, and especially Susan Sarandon (above, right) as the town's friendly librarian.
Samuel Goldwyn Films -- opens this Friday, August 17, in New York City at the Paris Theater and the Angelika Film Center. The following week it hits L.A. and environs and will then make its way across the country in the weeks to come. Click here to see all currently scheduled playdates with cities and theaters.