TRUMBO ★★★

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Di­rected by Jay Roach. Star­ring Bryan Cranston, He­len Mir­ren, Diane Lane, Elle Fan­ning, Louis CK, John Good­man

Biopic of screen­writer Dal­ton Trumbo,who en­dured the black­list to tri­umph with Spar­ta­cus and Ex­o­dus. At its worst, Trumbo plays to the same pa­tro­n­is­ing rules as the sort of low-rent ca­ble biopic that asks us to be­lieve Matthew Perry might be Clark Gable. At its best, it sug­gests the silly fizz of Hol­ly­wood as rein­ter­preted in Who Framed Roger Rab­bit. Cranston is strong in the lead, Mir­ren way over the top as Hedda Hop­per. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 124 min

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