FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVER­POOL (M)

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What we have here is a slog­ging stoush be­tween two lead per­form­ers giv­ing their all and source ma­te­rial giv­ing them sod-all in re­turn. This is the true story of Glo­ria Gra­hame, a for­mer Hol­ly­wood star who saw out her twi­light years in Eng­land. Keep­ing her ter­mi­nal con­di­tion a closely guarded se­cret, Gra­hame (played with invit­ing con­vic­tion by An­nette Ben­ing) in­stead re­mains capri­ciously de­voted to re­viv­ing her ex­pired ca­reer. Mean­while, her young lover (Jamie Bell) steels him­self for a painful last good­bye. Thank­fully, Ben­ing and Bell seem to know more about their char­ac­ters than those at the cre­ative con­trols of this mid­dling movie.

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