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Pieces of April

The story looks like a standard "very special episode" sitcom (a blacksheep daughter makes Thanksgiving dinner for her dysfunctional clan while feisty, cancer-striken mom travels cross country). But debut director Peter Hedges (screenwriter for About a Boy and What's Eating Gilbert Grape) steers clear of sentimentality, allowing his film to earn its laughs as well as its tears rather than beg for them. A great cast, including a punky Katie Holms and an always-welcome Patricia Clarkson, keeps the whispy script from vanishing. 81 minutes