Filmmaker Alexander Payne (Election, Citizen Ruth), helms this magnificent piece of Oscar-bait. A recently divorced writer (Paul Giamatti) and a his pal, a formerly famous actor (Thomas Haden Church), decide to go on a week-long vacation in California's wine country to figure out their failed relationships and lives. They meet a couple attractive women and engage in a series of life-altering adventures. Although the setup sounds familiar, the incredible acting and razor-sharp script make this one of the best films of the year. 123 minutes R.