CINEMA: SISTER, SISTER

JENNIFER JASON LEIGH MAKES A SPECTACLE OF HERSELF IN GEORGIA

THE DRUMBEAT BEGAN AT THE Cannes Film Festival in May, and it is now more insistent than a migraine pulse. Jennifer Jason Leigh's performance in Georgia has won the sort of critics' raves that fuel studio campaigns for an Oscar nomination. This racket must cease. To praise Leigh in this small, frail film is to mistake big acting for good acting, and shriek for soul.

The movie, written by Leigh's mother Barbara Turner and directed by Ulu Grosbard, is a two-hander about the edgy relationship of show-biz sibs. Georgia (Mare Winningham) sings pop; she's famous and sensible, a caring mom and...

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