Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her

Showtime, March 11, 8 p.m. E.T.

If she is in this movie, one thing you can tell just by looking at her is that she is famous. Director-writer Rodrigo Garcia snagged Glenn Close, left, Cameron Diaz, Calista Flockhart, Holly Hunter and others for this showcase for actresses: five closely observed studies of loneliness and fleeting moments of connection in suburban Southern California. If the stories sometimes use Creative Writing 101 devices (like a quasi-prophetic homeless woman), the total effect is as spare and haunting as the film's arid, beautifully shot setting.

--By James Poniewozik


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