Helen Hunt shines in ‘The Sessions,’ a captivating tale of sex and human need

Helen Hunt and John Hawkes in 'The Sessions'
Helen Hunt and John Hawkes in ‘The Sessions’

[rating =4]Starring:  John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood, Adam Arkin, W. Earl Brown, Annika Marks and Robin Weigart
Director(s):  Ben Lewin
Writer(s):  Ben Lewin

Among living actresses, the list of those who have won two Academy Awards for Best Actress is a short one. It includes Glenda Jackson, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Jodie Foster, Hillary Swank and now Meryl Streep.

The Sessions may be the film that adds another name to that distinguished list, as Helen Hunt is radiantly brilliant as Cheryl, the sexual surrogate who works to help the late Mark O’Brien, played by John Hawkes (best known for his role as “Bugsy” in The Perfect Storm).

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Chris Evans shines as the all-American hero in ‘Cellular’

Chris Evans in 'Cellular'
Chris Evans in ‘Cellular’

[rating=3]Starring: Chris Evans, Kim Basinger, William H. Macy, Jason Statham, Richard Burgi
Director(s): David R. Ellis
Writer(s): Screenplay by Chris Morgan; Story by Larry Cohen

Chris Evans (Not Another Teen Movie) plays a reluctant hero who altruistically does everything he can to save a woman and her son from kidnappers after he receives her call for help on his cell phone — the only number she could get through to on a broken landline.

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