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  • Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin star in "Labor Day," based on the novel by Joyce Maynard, which is set in 1987 New England. The film is directed by Jason Reitman. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

    MOVIE REVIEW: 'Labor Day'

    Much is being made of the fact that "Labor Day" is Jason Reitman's first full-blown drama.

  • This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Kate Winslet, left, Josh Brolin in a scene from "Labor Day." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Dale Robinette)

    Review: 'Labor Day,' as mushy as a warm peach pie

    If you've seen the trailer for "Labor Day," Jason Reitman's film based on the novel by Joyce Maynard, then you've caught a glimpse of a new breakout star, who threatens to upstage even the estimable Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.

  • Patrick Wilson plays the love interest of Charlize Theron's character in "Young Adult," which overturns screenplay conventions. (Paramount Pictures via Associated Press)

    MOVIE REVIEW: 'Young Adult'

    There's something almost subversive about the way "Young Adult" picks apart the conventions of the contemporary movie comedy. Unexpectedly sinister and bleak, director Jason Reitman's film borrows from the romantic-comedy formula, but injects a note of realism by showing what happens when the antisocial pathologies of a broadly drawn comic character are let loose on real people.

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  • Even the filmmaker himself sees "Labor Day" as a departure; he told the late Roger Ebert, "I may not nail it on this film, it may just be my first step."

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