I'm excited to report that Return, my friend Liza Johnson's feature debut, opens this Friday in New York and Los Angeles. Dear readers: See it. Return premiered at Cannes last year; it's about a woman who returns to her family in Ohio after a tour of duty as a National Guard reservist. Liza wrote and directed it, and it's wonderfully understated. Linda Cardellini (a long way from playing Velma) is Kelli, whose war experiences unsettle her in ways she can't grasp. Her husband is Michael Shannon (forever Kim Fowley to me), who tries to hold things together. John Slattery (a.k.a. Roger Sterling) is a wild-card vet. The Time Out New York critic Joshua Rothkopf sums it up nicely: "Return is almost too underdramatized to seem like a piece of today’s zoomy entertainment, but its anxieties—the bare cupboards, the vague sense of purposelessness—are at the heart of the American experience for many. It’s what indie filmmaking ought to be."