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Director: Daniel Barnz
Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Lucy Punch, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman and Adriana Barraza
Lowdown: Barnz hasn't shown any of the impressive vision his Sundance breakout "Phoebe in Wonderland" displayed in his two follow-ups, but "Cake's" eyebrow-raising cast is a sign this picture may mark something of a comeback for the filmmaker. This original story finds Aniston taking on a rare dramatic role as a woman who becomes fixated on the suicide of a member of her chronic pain support group. Critical interest aside, it will be a hot ticket for many distributors intrigued by Aniston and Kendrick's star power.
- Gregory Ellwood