Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore ★★★★

Ellen Burstyn's incredible lead performance takes what could have easily been 'Hallmark original' material, and turns it into a gripping drama. Few movies are so heavily dependant on a single performance, but luckily for Scorsese, he found the right woman for the job. This is not to say the surrounding movie doesn't have its own benefits, but Burstyn's Oscar-winning performance really is the highlight, and ultimately the deciding factor on whether or not this movie is any good -- which it is.