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Snow Angels (2008)

Kate Beckinsale , Sam Rockwell , David Gordon Green  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, Chase Duffy, Peter Blais, David Pezzaniti
  • Directors: David Gordon Green
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2008
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DN0V02
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,558 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Snow Angels" on IMDb

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A story of love lost and found in a small town, Snow Angels is a heartrending portrayal of three couples in various stages of life orbiting around each other in search of connection and meaning. An unexpected act of violence disrupts the lives of these intertwined couples revealing the profound moments in which they each realize how precarious and remarkable life can be.

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great performances! September 30, 2008
Format:DVD
I was sucked in by all of the magnificent performances of this drama/tragedy. This film is slow but none of the scenes are wasted. All of the performances are outstanding but Sam Rockwell clearly surpassed the others as a man who found God after he tried to commit suicide. His gradual mental deterioration throughout the movie was heartbreaking and poignant to watch. I felt empathy for all the characters even though they are quite depressing and definitely aren't perfect people. See it for the realistic and contemplative character study and fabulous performances.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars snow angels dvd July 15, 2009
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This movie could have been plucked from the current headline news in any small town in America. However, the director and writers decided to take us behind the scenes of what leads up to these all too common tragedies. I was very surprised and impressed with Kate Beckinsale in this movie, I had only seen her in previous roles which did not prepare me for her very strong peformance. Sam Rockwell has done several roles playing unsavory characters ranging from child molester to sex addict. I mistakenly thought he was going to be different in this movie, a normal every day person for a change. Boy was I wrong! This movie does a great job in showing the vivid contrast between a normal relationship and a dysfunctional relationship. This movie was done very gritty and realistic which makes it all the more disturbing at the final end. This movie will depress the hell out of you and make you feel hopeful at the same time. The scenes will linger in your mind for awhile. Not a movie to view before bedtime, it will give you some nightmares. I highly recommend it all the same.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WHY WASN'T THIS IN THEATERS?? September 21, 2008
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I REMEMBER SEEING A TRAILER FOR THIS MOVIE, AND WANTED TO SEE IT IN MY LOCAL THEATER BUT IT NEVER CAME, INSTEAD WE HAD SEVERAL SHOWINGS OF INFERIOR MORE COMMERCIAL CRAP, BUT THAT BEING SAID I BOUGHT THIS DVD NOT REALLY KNOWING WHAT TO EXPECT AND WHILE IT TOOK A WHILE TO DRAW ME IN, I WAS CAPTIVATED BY THE CHARACTERS AND THEIR INTERLOCKING PERSONAL LIVES WITH THEIR PERSONAL DEMONS, WHILE I DON'T WANT TO MAKE THIS OUT TO BE A CHICK-FLICK, IT DOES HAVE ONE VERY SWEET TEEN-AGE ROMANCE, IT IS MAINLY A CAPTIVATING DRAMA BETWEEN ANNIE (KATE BECKINSALE) HER EX-HUSBAND GLENN (SAM ROCKWELL)WHO ARE COMPLICATED, FLAWED AND VERY COMPELLING CHARACTERS, OVER-ALL THIS IS A VERY WELL WRITTEN, EXTREMELY WELL ACTED MOVIE, I HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THIS MOVIE FOR ADULTS, I DON'T THINK YOUNGER PEOPLE WHO HAVEN'T MADE PAINFUL MISTAKES IN THEIR PERSONEL LIVES YET WILL APPRECIATE IT AS MUCH AS I DID.
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34 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Haunting, Extremely Well-Told Story April 4, 2008
David Gordon Green is a bit of a critic's darling. He makes good films, but their hyperrealism makes them a little difficult for me to watch. He first came to the attention of many with "George Washington", a very-independent look at some young kids in a very depressed town who come together during one fateful day. With each successive film, Green has earned the accolades of more and more people. He has also captured the attention and the right to work with a larger, more eclectic, more established group of actors. Whether this adds anything to the films is debatable. It could simply be his skill.

I have to admit that with each of his new films, I come to appreciate his skill a little more. It isn't necessarily that his films are getting "More Hollywood", but they are getting more accessible.

And the actors seem to be flocking to him, eager to star in his next film; with "Snow Angels", his latest work, he has brought together his most eclectic and perhaps most talented cast yet.

Set in an unnamed northern town somewhere were snow seems to be on the ground more often than not, the High School marching band is practicing their formations, and the practice is not going well, to the chagrin of their director, when two shots ring out. Arthur (Michael Angarano, many television and film credits, he played Jack's son on "Will and Grace") turns to look and his girlfriend, Lila (Olivia Thirlby, "Juno") watches him as he becomes concerned. Flashing backwards an indeterminate amount of time, the film picks up at the beginning. Annie (Kate Beckinsale, her best performance) and Barb (Amy Sedaris, going for the dramatic here) are two friends who work as waitresses in the town's Chinese Restaurant.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FALLEN ANGELS OF WINTER March 25, 2009
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If you enjoy drama that does more than tear at the heartstrings--the kind that virtually eviscerates you at the very core of your soul--then you are in for an intensely emotional treat with 2007's Snow Angels.

Based on the eponymous novel by Stewart O'Nan, Snow Angels takes place in an unnamed northern state where, unsurprisingly, there is frozen precipitation aplenty. The protagonist is young Arthur Parkinson, played to clueless perfection by Michael Anganaro (whom I recognized as having played Elliott, Jack McFarland's son, on Will & Grace). Arthur is a high school student, a tuba player in the band, and an employee of his hometown's Chinese restaurant, owned by Oskar, who is decidedly not Chinese (I think he is supposed to be German).

Arthur's parents (Don, played by Griffin Dunne, and Louise, played by Jeanetta Arnette) are separating and his mother is an emotional whirlwind in the face of his professor father's egress. At work, Arthur flirts harmlessly with Annie Marchand (Kate Beckinsale in the most poignant role of her career), a waitress who spent many years babysitting young Arthur. Annie is estranged from her husband, Glenn (a blowout performance by Sam Rockwell), who has recently attempted suicide in the face of his marital woes. They have one child, four-year-old Tara, both adeptly and adorably rendered by Gracie Hudson.

New girl in school Lila Raybern takes an instant liking to Arthur; the role is handled admirably by Olivia Thirlby, who played Juno's best friend in the popular film of the same name. Lila, with her engaging chatter and delightfully retro cats'-eye glasses, waits patiently for Arthur to realize she has a significant crush on him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. Sam Rockwell is at the top of ...
Great movie. Sam Rockwell is at the top of his game and the rest of the cast is pretty good, too. Very sad, unexpected, and most importantly, enjoyable.
Published 2 months ago by Charly
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay
This movie was astonishingly depressing. It did its job sucking me in and getting me to care about some of the characters but I really just didn't like the story line and how... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Kate's best
An excellent movie and Kate really shows off her skills. Not a happy ending though and hard for me to relate.
Published 6 months ago by Atlas 1943
3.0 out of 5 stars not all that good not all that bad
I love kate beckingsale, which was why I watched and bought this movie. some of it was kinda borig but all in all it was a good movie and when I ordered it I got it fast.
Published 15 months ago by jeona
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring.
The story goes nowhere. It goes around and around in circles. Waste of time. It is a good antidote for those who are suffering from insomnia.
Published 19 months ago by sexy dancer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a movie.
I didn't know what to expect from this movie, but was surprised at how dark and real it was. This is real life, as scary as it is. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Movie sucked Beckinsales hot
What can i say, the movie was pathetic. Hollywood has absolutely no talent working there anymore, the actors and actresses have the ability to do wonderful, theres no producers and... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Darkshaman
2.0 out of 5 stars Weird
I love Kate. That is why I bought this movie. The movie is worth adding to my Kate B. collection, but... in the beginning I thought it was a girl- flick. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Carlos Aona
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit And Miss
This is another movie that is much better if you don't read any plot summary. I'm not opposed to challenging content, it's just that the older couple should have been in every... Read more
Published on September 17, 2012 by mr. contrarian
4.0 out of 5 stars atmospheric indie drama
"Snow Angels" starts off as a fairly conventional, angst-ridden indie drama about life in an American small town, but the movie turns into a profoundly moving work after an... Read more
Published on March 24, 2012 by Roland E. Zwick
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