Snow Falling on Cedars - * * * 1/2*

Scott Hicks directs this tale of a Japanese-American man (Rick Yune) on trial for murder. Ethan Hawke stars as a journalist covering the trial, whose childhood sweetheart married the accused. James Cromwell will play the judge. Max von Sydow, Youki Koudoh, James Rebhorn, Sam Shepard, Richard Jenkins, and Max Wright also star. Based on the David Guterson novel.

Capsule Review: Gorgeous photography abounds in this haunting tale that is much more than a conventional courtroom drama. Max von Sydow delivers a wonderful supporting performance as a wise old lawyer. The timeline gets a little complex, but this is a film worth a little extra thought.

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