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SIDEWAYS
August 29, 2017  | By David Bianculli

Cinemax, 9:50 p.m. ET

 

Alexander Payne directed this nicely modulated 2004 character study, which stars Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church as a pair of pals taking a hedonistic trip through Santa Barbara County, California’s wine country. They’re both excellent – Giamatti in particular – but save special attention and praise for their female co-stars, Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh, who are given unusually complicated characters to play, and take full advantage of the opportunity.

 
 
 
 
 
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