Julianne Moore shines in hypnotic, repulsive ‘Maps to the Stars’ (B)

February 26, 2015 11:22 PM

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David Cronenberg has never been a creature of Hollywood; some of his odder films suggest he might not be a creature of this planet. So the macabre Canadian has no qualms about taking a serrated lead pipe to the egos and emotional deficiencies of movie-industry delusion in his latest, Maps to the Stars.

The gargoyles that prowl Maps constitute a vivid gallery of grotesques, driven by outsize vanity and poisoned by skewed priorities. The incest at the center of the plot serves as a suitable metaphor for the moral rot that contaminates nearly every character. These simply aren’t very nice people. The...

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