Philip Seymour Hoffman, George Clooney, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Johnny Depp. I will watch almost any movie these actors are in. When I first saw Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth I was stunned by her performance. But when I watched Cate Blanchett in The Gift, I added Cate to that list above. The Gift was a small film that moved beneath most people’s radar even though it was directed by Sam Raimi and starred Cate (of course), Giovanni Ribisi, Keanu Reeves, Katie Holmes, Hilary Swank, and Greg Kinnear. Cate Blanchett plays a poor Southern woman, Annabelle “Annie” Wilson, who has powers, real Powers. She’s asked to use her extrasensory perception to find a missing woman. The ending is weak, but no matter. What matters is Cate Blanchett’s utterly convincing portrayal of a poor Southern woman with “The Gift.” If you haven’t seen this gem of a movie, you can buy it at Sam’s Club now for $4.86.