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Release Date: Oct. 17 (limited)
Director: Theodore Melfi
Cast: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarnthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O'Dowd, Jaeden Lieberher
Pros: A Bill Murray film his fans have been waiting years for, "St. Vincent" is an old-fashioned crowd-pleaser that came in third for the influential People's Choice Award at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival. The performances from Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O'Dowd and youngster Jaeden Lieberher make it feel fresher than it should. If The Weinstein Company can turn "St. Vincent" into a big hit, not only could Murray crack the Best Actor filed but it could be a surprise Best Picture nominee. One thing is a given: it's a lock for a best comedy or musical nomination at the Golden Globes.
Cons: Theodore Melfi's original screenplay and direction take you down a very familiar road. It's a well made, but not transcendent Hollywood dramedy.