The Playroom

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In 1970s suburbia, Maggie and her younger siblings spend the night telling each other stories in the attic. Downstairs, as their parents entertain guests over the course of a gin-soaked evening, truths are unearthed and betrayals come to light. With standout performances from John Hawkes, Molly Parker, and a cast of talented young actors, director Julia Dyer’s second feature (which artfully references both the ‘70s angst of Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm and the suburban fireworks of Mike Nichol’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) is an honest and challenging look at the reality behind the façade of a seemingly perfect American family on the verge of collapse. (Dir. by Julia Dyer, 2012, USA, 83 mins., Not Rated, Freestyle Releasing) Digital