Annette Bening, thrice nominated for acting Oscars, is “almost certain to get another shot at the gold for her performance as a narcissistic, mentally ill mother in Running with Scissors (Columbia, 10.27), according to Newsweek‘s Sean Smith. “Her character, Deirdre, gives up teenage Augusten (Joseph Cross) for adoption to her quack psychiatrist (Brian Cox), while she dreams of becoming the next Anne Sexton. At turns hilarious, vicious, gorgeous, hideous, imperious and pathetic — often in a single scene — Deirdre is the kind of flashy role that allows an actress to chew serious scenery, but Bening doesn’t do it for a second.”