Woody Allen returns, in primarily serious yet fabulously entertaining mode and, as always, with an amazing, one-of-a-kind cast, in BLUE JASMINE. Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Peter Saarsgard and Alec Baldwin are among the knockout performers in Allen’s riveting tale of a life crisis, as Cate Blanchett’s unraveling Manhattan socialite retreats to her sister’s more-modest ‘Frisco digs after her marriage to a wealthy Wall Street financier (Alec Baldwin) collapses. “Jasmine is in freefall and has to leave behind everything she knows and has expected,” Allen says. “She’s entering the realm of absolute unknown, moving from one coast to the other, from one social set to the other, one class to another.” Jasmine knows she can rely on her plainer and kinder sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins), even though Jasmine is sure to turn Ginger’s life upside-down as well. PG-13. 98 Min.
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