Finbar McBride is a man used to being alone. The lead character in The Station Agent, Finbar is a dwarf, and hes learned to limit his interaction with people in order to limit his rejection by them. When he unexpectedly inherits a lonely railroad station, he finds that a couple of his rural neighbors arent as easy to shake off as the people in town. Theres Joe, who runs the local roach coach, and Olivia, an artist. Both characters are as emotionally damaged as Finbar, with one marked difference: They like people. And at the moment, the person they like best is -Finbar.
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Peter Dinklage has the title role, and he plays Finbar with a quiet determination and solid resolve. Confused and suspicious of their motives, hes cautious with Joe and Olivia. Hes eventually worn down by their constant chatter and begrudgingly opens up bit by bit. As Joe, Bobby Cannavale is a charmer part puppy dog, part pest oblivious to Finbars numerous rebuffs. (Sex and the City fans will remember Cannavale as Samanthas boyfriend with the foul-tasting spunk.) Patricia Clarksons Olivia is a little bit more complicated. Shes still grieving the death of her young son. The three eventually form a lopsided family of sorts, but not without earning themselves a few bruises along the way. 1 p.m. HCC-Town & Country campus, 1060 West Sam Houston Parkway. For information, call 713-718-5642 or visit www.hccs.edu/reel. Free.
Wed., April 9, 1 p.m., 2008