There are always a few movies that are released that you don’t seem to hear about and only stumble upon when looking for something to watch one evening. All Good Things, a docudrama depiction of the long ago disappearance of young and promising medical student, Katie Marks (Kirsten Dunst), is one of those unexpected finds.

Ryan Gosling is David Marks, the son of New York City real estate tycoon Sanford Marks (Frank Langella) a cold and domineering man who belittles his son. While on an errand for his father, David meets Katie, a middle class girl from Long Island who is a tenant in one of the family’s apartment buildings. The two fall in love and despite his father’s objections they marry, move to Vermont and open a health food store. The couple’s fairytale happiness in the country is short-lived as David gives in to pressure from his father and joins the family business. Continue reading »

The Killing centers around the investigation into the murder of a promising high school student, Rosie Larsen. Rosie’s death is the catalyst that threads together the different characters that make up this puzzle. There are her grieving parents Mitch and Stan Larsen, who struggle with their loss while trying to keep it together for their two young sons. The detectives on the case, Sarah Linden pulled into the investigation on her last day on the job and Stephen Holder, her abrasive new partner, a transfer from narcotics. City Council president, Darren Richmond who is thrust into the middle of the mystery when Rosie’s body is discovered in one of his campaign cars, provides a view into Seattle’s political scene. Finally, there is Rosie’s school and the effect her death has on her classmates and her English teacher, Bennet Ahmed.

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