'Foxcatcher' revels in American noir

December 2, 2014 2:05 PM

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It's a true-crime story made haunting fiction. Based on events among three thwarted men that made grisly headlines almost 20 years ago, it requires little in the way of written words or great voices. Yet from its earliest scenes of wealthy noir you feel this meticulously controlled film drift to a sinister ending.

Isolation is a key theme. Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum, a damaged man-child) lives alone in a shabby Wisconsin apartment. A champion wrestler, he built his career through years of rough and tumble struggle. He won gold at the L.A. Olympics three years before, but no livelihood. He got occasional spe...

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