Aniston dazzles, even if she won't get an Oscar for 'Cake'

January 21, 2015 3:32 PM

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A comedy that barely flirts with funny and a grim weeper that never quite raises a tear, "Cake" has one thing going for it - Jennifer Aniston. And if she didn't get the Oscar nomination that might have seemed certain when she took on playing this physically, emotionally scarred and suicidal pill-popper, that's of little consequence. The work is good enough to stand on its own, to stand with the best acting she's done since graduating from TV sitcoms.

Claire Bennett wears her bitterness like the healed cuts that mar her face. A bad thing has happened to her, so bad that she's in group therapy. But she doesn't fit in with Annette (Felicity Huffman) and the other walking wounded. They lash out, as an exercise, at a dead woman (Anna Kendrick) from t...

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