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Arlington Road

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Jeff Bridges, Arlington Road

Arlington Road

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Spencer Treat Clark, Joan Cusack, Hope Davis
director:
Mark Pellington
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B+

In Arlington Road, a gleeful addition to the too-long-dormant ’70s paranoia genre (see ”The Parallax View” et al.), suburban widower Michael Faraday (Bridges) begins to suspect nondescript neighbor Oliver Lang (Robbins) is a right-wing terrorist hell-bent on blowing up… something. As Lang’s creepy history unspools and Faraday’s obsession spirals into pathology, the film builds to a beautifully plotted — if totally preposterous — parlor trick of an ending.

Reel Goodies Lang’s unnerving wifey, Joan Cusack, scares the bejesus out of Hope Davis. The Last Detail After scripting ”Road,” screenwriter Ehren Kruger was tapped to pen ”Scream 3.”

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