Lea Thompson in town for Phoenix Film Festival to screen new movie

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by Catherine Holland

GMAZ interview by Javier Soto

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 7 at 1:20 PM

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PHOENIX -- Known for her roles in the "Back to the Future" trilogy, the sitcom "Caroline in the City" and now the ABC Family show "Switched at Birth," actress and producer Lea Thompson is in town for the Phoenix Film Festival, which is featuring her new movie "The Trouble With the Truth."

Thompson stopped by 3TV Monday morning to chat with Javier Soto during "Good Morning Arizona."

The film is garnering some rave reviews. Roger Ebert gave it 3.5 out of four stars, calling it "a pleasant surprise that gets better as the movie unfolds."

Gary Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times called the movie "alive and involving," and "an equitable, sometimes surprising game of hard truth-telling."

"Everybody loved this movie. We're really proud of it," Thompson said. "We're really excited about it because it's a little movie that could."

The movie focuses on a divorced couple who meet to discuss their daughter's engagement and imminent wedding.

The tagline, "There are two sides to every love story," is an intriguing hint for audiences.

"Part of the greatness of this film is that it not only avoids any simple answers, but it also takes us into the awkward contradictions and internal dishonesties that help us look at the mirror each day," Ebert wrote.

"It sparks all kinds of conversation," she said. "It's very romantic and all about love. … It's also funny. It's really funny because it's so honest. It really makes for good conversation after the movie."

Thompson, who loves the Phoenix Film Festival, said Arizona holds a special place in her heart. Not only does her mother-in-law live here, Thompson bought her first house in Bisbee.

"The Trouble With the Truth," which was written and directed by Jim Hemphill and co-stars John Shea, is screening at the Harkins Scottsdale 101 at 5 p.m. Monday and 7:10 p.m. Tuesday. It's slated for DVD release later this year.

The Phoenix Film Festival runs through Thursday.

Watch "The Trouble With the Truth" trailer

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