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James Franco and Jonah Hill Deliver a ‘True Story’
16 April 2015 5:31 PM, PDT
Full disclosure: I never followed the real-life events that inspired this movie, so I am a perfect audience for it. If you know the saga of disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel and his involvement with a man who was accused of murdering his wife and children, you may have an entirely different reaction…especially if you’ve seen Finkel interviewed on TV and heard the recordings he made of Christian Longo while he was in prison. What elevates this film above the level of a television docudrama is the performances by Jonah Hill and James Franco. Hill has established his credibility as a dramatic actor by now, but Franco takes on a challenge I’ve never seen him attempt...
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