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Union Square: movie review

Actress Mira Sorvino is a little too good at playing annoying.

By Peter RainerFilm critic / July 13, 2012

In 'Union Square', starring actress Tammy Blanchard, family secrets are hauled out, but each is more implausible than the next.

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Mira Sorvino is very good – too good -- at playing a very annoying person in Nancy Savoca’s “Union Square,” a nattery low-budget indie film that does not abide by the "silence is golden" rule.

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Sorvino is Lucy, who arrives unnannouced on the Greenwich Village doorstep of her estranged sister Jenny (Tammy Blanchard) and proceeds to make herself at home. Since Jenny’s live-in fiancé, Bill (Mike Doyle), has never met any of her family, or even known much about them, this intrusion is doubly perplexing.

But he’s not half as perplexed as we are, as the plot slogs along and family secrets are hauled out, each more implausible than the next. Lucy has a cute pet mutt, though, proving once again that these days, the movies are indeed going to the dogs. Grade: C- (Not rated.)


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