FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (M)
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.