The Savages: **** very good
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney are so good in this. I see lots of movies, so I see it when somebody is acting and that takes away from the enjoyment for me. I saw no acting in this movie. Linney and Hoffman are brother and sister who are called upon to take care of their estranged father in the final Winter of his life. Philip Bosco plays the unloving and unloved father. He's very good too. The supporting cast is good. It's all good.
About the story... it's good. The brother and sister are both smart, creative people living with the after effects of an unhappy childhood. They take care of their father with mixed feelings. There is humor in the story - grownup humor, not slapstick.
The setting is mostly Winter in Buffalo, New York: cold, snowy, bleak.
Go see it in the theatre if it's not too late. If you miss it, this one would also play well on DVD.
[Maybe this should be a six star review to go with the 6 occurrences of "good" in the text :-) ]