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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - David Strat­ton

Gifted (M) Pri­mar­ily a show­case for a tal­ented child ac­tress, McKenna Grace, Gifted poses ques­tions as to how an ex­cep­tional child should be raised and ed­u­cated and still en­joy a normal child­hood. The film, di­rected by Marc Webb, who first came to attention with (500) Days of Sum­mer, de­vel­ops into a cus­tody court case in which the lit­tle girl’s kindly, laid-back un­cle Frank (Chris Evans), who has raised her, finds him­self op­posed to his own mother (Lind­say Dun­can), a cold, am­bi­tious English­woman. It’s all a bit con­trived, but the cen­tral per­for­mance alone makes it worth see­ing. It’s good to see Webb back work­ing on more in­ti­mate ma­te­rial, even though Gifted isn’t en­tirely sat­is­fac­tory. 47 Me­ters Down

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