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The Holdovers: Paul Giamatti delivers the best performance of his career

In 2004, director Alexander Payne and actor Paul Giamatti came together to create the comedy-drama hit "Sideways". The film was met with critical acclaim, won a screenplay Oscar, and is regarded as one of the best films of the 2000s. Nineteen years later, Payne and Giamatti reteam to create "The Holdovers," one of the year's best films. Alexander Payne portrays the three main characters as a trio who are entirely different from each other but find comfort in each other to become an unofficial family during the Christmas holiday. Paul Giamatti delivers the best performance of his career as the unlikeable school teacher who must watch over a student during the Christmas vacation. Dominic Sessa gives a fantastic breakthrough performance as the student who teaches Giamatti how to be better as a person, and both men have excellent chemistry together. Da'Vine Joy Randolph performs as the school cook who must learn to let go of her inner demons following a family tragedy. Thanks to Alexander Payne's incredible direction, wonderful message about being with the people you love during the holidays, and fantastic performances by Giamatti, Sessa, and Randolph, "The Holdovers" is an excellent movie that comes off as "Dead Poets Society" meets "As Good as It Gets" and showcases an incredible Oscar-worthy performance by Paul Giamatti.


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