November 14, 2014

Channing Tatum and Steve Carell in FOXCATCHER.

Directed by: Bennett Miller

Written by: Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye

Cast: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, Anthony Michael Hall,

Rating: R

Running Time: 130 minutes

Bennett Miller’s three directed feature narratives—CAPOTE, MONEYBALL, and now FOXCATCHER—are all based on true-life events. In the two earlier films he had great performances that received at least an Oscar nomination (Philip Seymour Hoffman the lone Oscar winner). FOXCATCHER is no different, with potentially three award-worthy performances: Steve Carrell as John du Pont, Channing Tatum as Mark Schultz, and Mark Ruffalo as David Schultz. What could be a detractor for some U.S. moviegoers is the dark undercurrent that permeates the entire film. This darker, arthouse feel is magnified by Miller’s direction and Greig Fraser’s cinematography.

Grade: A-

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