When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception. An adaptation of the memoir Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer Lee Israel.
Richard E. Grant,
Follows the charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Hedges), who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben's wary mother Holly Burns (Roberts) welcomes her beloved ... See full summary »
Courtney B. Vance
One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.
Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.
Felix van Groeningen
Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne (Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Weisz) governs the country in her stead. When a new servant Abigail (Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
Political biopic starts out strong, then loses steam big time
The story of Colorado Senator Gary Hart, the Democratic candidate for President in the 1988 primaries is depicted in this Jason Reitman film. At first, it has the heady energy and visceral pace you would expect from a film about what turned out to be a fateful political campaign that changed the dynamics of elections in how Americans viewed their politicians' private lives.
The performances are the main selling point here. Hugh Jackman is crisp as the popular U.S. senator who seemed destined to win the Democratic nomination. J.K. Simmons is solid as his dedicated but very practical campaign manager. And Vera Farmiga is exceptional as Hart's devoted wife who knows more than the public at first.
Unfortunately, Reitman's approach is ultimately too disengaged for this to achieve any lasting impact. The early phase of the campaign is brought to life. Soon, the film brings us to the ugliness of the missteps that left the Hart campaign in ruins. After that, it just becomes very, very... quiet.
Almost as if the film does not know what to say about investigative journalism or the shift in the public's attitude toward the personal lives of candidates for elective office, the energy and drama of the film is swiftly sucked out. All that's left is just a dirge on the public life of a supposedly great man who could have been President. Given the tremendous talent involved in this film, I mark this down as a disappointment, although it is a good sign that Reitman is once again aiming high. Not recommended.
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