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End of a campaign

Culture | The Front Runner revisits Gary Hart’s 1988 presidential campaign and the reporters who dogged him
by Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette
Posted 11/01/18, 09:15 am

Journalists’ cameras are always watching in The Front Runner, director Jason Reitman’s take on the scandal that ended Gary Hart’s 1988 presidential campaign. 

Rated R for language and thematic situations, the film is a sprawling account of Hart’s political demise. In the end, it focuses as much on journalists’ paparazzi tactics as on Hart’s adultery, which is implied rather than shown.

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A seasonal cash grab

Culture | Muddled plot, fantasyland clichés make The Nutcracker and the Four Realms a big disappointment
by Megan Basham
Posted 11/01/18, 08:50 am

It’s hard to believe that in all these years of turning over every rock for new Christmas entertainment to market, no major American studio had ever released a big-budget film based on the perennially beloved ballet, The Nutcracker. Now that Disney finally has, you may wish they had waited a little longer to come up with something more worthy.

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Art of fakery

Movie | Melissa McCarthy plays a convincing, scheming Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
by Laura Finch
Posted 10/26/18, 03:11 pm

Can You Ever Forgive Me?, a film based on the memoir of late writer Lee Israel, has every hallmark of a modern-day Oscar winner: a female director, a hit comedienne (Melissa McCarthy) turning to a dramatic role, and romantic storylines that will thrill the LGBT community.

Early reviewers gushed about McCarthy’s performance as the ornery, depressed Israel, a struggling biographer who starts forging letters from famous authors for cash. They were right: McCarthy plays Israel with such perfect nuance you can almost smell her bad breath through the screen. 

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