Thursday, October 21, 2010

You'd be hard-pressed to find a bigger female star than Kristen Stewart.

You would be hard-pressed to find a bigger female star (or star of any gender for that matter) than Twilight’s Bella Swan, aka Kristen Stewart. Although the teenage-vampire-romance may be the series that launched her to super-stardom, we wouldn’t say that it’s the best showcase for her talent… and yes, she does have talent, a lot of it.

She was great as a kid in David Fincher’s Panic Room, adorably coming of age in Sean Penn’s Into the Wild, stunning and sweet in Greg Mottola’s Adventureland and absolutely terrific in Floria Sigismondi’s The Runaways. We also get to look forward to her role in the upcoming adaptation of the Jack Kerouac class, On the Road, directed by the great Walter Salles BUT even before that hits, we get to watch her in Welcome to the Rileys.

Welcome to the Rileys is a powerful drama about finding hope in the most unusual of places. Once a happily married and loving couple, Doug and Lois Riley (James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo) have grown apart since losing their teenage daughter eight years prior.

Leaving his agoraphobic wife behind to go on a business trip to New Orleans, Doug meets a 17-year-old runaway (Kristen Stewart) and the two form a platonic bond. For Lois and Doug, what initially appears to be the final straw that will derail their relationship, turns out to be the inspiration they need to renew their marriage.

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