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  • Belle
  • Belle (PG)

    Written by Misan Sagay, this British historical drama is getting the "inspiring true story" treatment, though the inspiring parts aren't true and the true parts aren't inspiring. more...
  • Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius (PG)

    Written and directed by Rowdy Herrington, this richly upholstered biopic (2004) of golf legend Bobby Jones faces one of the toughest sand traps imaginable: not only does it have to make golf exciting, it has to dramatize a man's interior struggle with his own seemingly limitless potential. more...
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    Bound for Glory (PG)

    Hal Ashby's 1976 biography of Woody Guthrie begins well, with some wonderfully aimless footage of life in the Dust Bowl, and builds detail as Guthrie migrates west to the promised land of California, only to find the conditions there no better than those he's left. more...
  • Goodbye Christopher Robin
  • Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG)

    Goodbye Christopher Robin, Simon Curtis's biopic of Winnie-the-Pooh author A.A. Milne and his only child, Christopher Robin, is stuffed with weighty topics: war and PTSD, the writing life, the crippling emotional reserve of the British. more...
  • The Greatest Showman
  • The Greatest Showman (PG)

    The 19th-century circus mogul P.T. Barnum crassly exploited the disfigured and disabled people in his sideshows, but the man played by Hugh Jackman in this sanitized musical biopic is an idealist who wants only to bring joy to the world. more...
  • Leadbelly (PG)

    Gordon Parks's 1976 film, his last Hollywood feature, is an unfortunately dry and pious telling of the life of the great blues singer. more...
  • The Man Who Invented Christmas
  • The Man Who Invented Christmas (PG)

    This sentimental biopic, covering the period in Charles Dickens's life when he wrote and published A Christmas Carol (1843), is most engaging when it dramatizes his writing process (collecting names for characters, drawing on personal experience to invent complications for his story). more...
  • Mao's Last Dancer (PG)

    Ballet star Li Cunxin's best-selling autobiography gets a curiously tepid treatment in this 2009 adaptation by director Bruce Beresford. more...
  • McFarland, USA
  • McFarland, USA (PG)

    At this point the inspirational coach drama has become as ritualistic as the Catholic mass, but it's also developed an admirable social agenda of breaking down racial divisions, which is exemplified by this heartwarming Disney release. more...
  • Mommie Dearest (PG)

    In spite of its reputation, and thanks in part to Faye Dunaway's remarkable performance as Joan Crawford, this 1981 adaptation of Christina Crawford's memoir about her driven, abusive mother is arguably too good to qualify as camp, even if it begins (and fitfully proceeds) like a horror film. more...
  • Mommie Dearest (PG)

    No one would mistake this stiff, shoddy 1981 biopic of Joan Crawford for a “good” movie, but in terms of issues—movies, melodramas, mothers and daughters—it's rich, stimulating thought in spite of itself. more...
  • My All American
  • My All American (PG)

    Screenwriter Angelo Pizzo is best known for Hoosiers (1986) and Rudy (1993), two entertaining and mainly artless films in which white, midwestern, underdog college athletes overcome the odds, proving themselves to their families, their friends, and the rest of the country. more...